This research project aims to inform the design of process-based river restoration by investigating the effects of surface and ground water mixing (hyporheic exchange) on aquatic invertebrates.

At a glance

  • DatesJune 2015 - June 2018
  • SponsorHypoTRAIN, a European Union Horizon 2020 project funded under the Marie Sklodowska Curie programme.
  • Funded
  • PartnersRiver Restoration Centre, Forschungsverbund Berlin E.V., Stockholms Universitet, The University of Birmingham, Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Universitaet Bayreuthuth, IWW Rheinisch-Westfalisches Institut Fuer Wasser Beratungs-Und, Entwicklungsgesellschaft MBH (IWW-Beratung Gmbh), Roehampton University, Naturalea Conservacio

The Hypotrain project is a PhD training network that aims to enhance understanding of the complex physical, chemical and biological processes in the hyporheic zone of rivers. The hyporheic zone is the part of the river bed where surface and ground waters mix. It is a highly biogeochemically active layer which is believed to be central to the ecological functioning of rivers.

PhD researcher Chiara Magliozzi is one of 15 Early Career Researchers working on Hypotrain. Her research is investigating how hyporheic zones can be incorporated into river restoration planning. The main objectives of Chiara’s research are to propose a conceptual model of the drivers of hyporheic exchange across space and time scales, and investigate the effects of large wood feature-driven hyporheic exchange on invertebrate communities (wood is a common restoration technique). Chiara is working closely with the River Restoration Centre during her project to ensure that the knowledge gained in her research is translated to practitioners to improve best practice in restoration planning and design.

The research will support the development of guidance and tools to predict hyporheic exchange potential and ecological community response to support restoration decision planning. 

Chiara Magliozzi in the Hammer Stream (West Sussex, UK) sampling benthic invertebrates using a Surber Net.
Chiara Magliozzi in the Hammer Stream (West Sussex, UK) sampling benthic invertebrates using a Surber Net.

Progress update

Chiara has presented her conceptual model of hyporheic exchange at several national and international conferences, including the British Hydrological Society (Cranfield University- UK, 30th August - 1st September 2016) and the International Conference “Towards the Best Practice of River Restoration and Maintenance”(Krakow-Poland, 20-23rd September 2016), and is currently conducting fieldwork in the UK.

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