Nicholas Crutchley

MSc studentNick Crutchley
Rivers and Lochs Institute

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Inverness College UHI
Research Hub
1 Inverness Campus


I graduated in Management Sciences from Warwick University Business School, and progressed to teaching Economics, Business, ICT and Maths in the UK and abroad. While living in Canada, I gained a passion for conservation and explored climate change, pollution, invasive species and other issues affecting the environment.  While volunteering with various conservation organisations, including RSPB, NT and SWT, I completed an MSc in Ecology and Conservation at Stafford University. Recently, I joined the Rivers and Lochs Institute to research how the eDNA method can be used to survey and monitor a rare and endangered aquatic macrophyte, Najas flexilis. My hope is to either progress to a PhD, teach, or find meaningful work within the conservation industry. My other aim is to develop an educational website,

Research Interests

  • eDNA applied to understanding freshwater ecology
  • Degradation and persistence of eDNA in freshwater
  • All aspects of climate change, including its impacts on vegetative communities

Current projects

Development of eDNA techniques for slender naiad survey and monitoring

Past projects

The relationship between fallow deer (Dama dama L.) behaviour and human recreational activities, and the spread of Phytophthora pseudosyringae across lowland heathland on Cannock Chase Country Park

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