28 June 2016


Two lab members have presented their work at the Southern African Society for Aquatic Scientists meeting at Kruger National Park.


Ana presented her work on invasive crayfish distribution.

While Likho gave an account of her work on  Xenopus laevis phylogeography. 

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Greatly saddened by the loss of Brian Moss

12 June 2016

To Professor Brian Moss

Laurence Carvalho and Penny Johnes have written a great obituary for Brian that you can find here. There are more obituaries here and here. Read what Brian thought about his own mortality here

I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of Brian Moss, my first supervisor and employer at Liverpool University back in 1993. Brian started a Honours school in Freshwater Biology that I took in its first year in 1992-93. He drove us to his beloved Norfolk Broads for the field trip where he made us all learn about Phragmites australis  as a basis for all that was Norfolk. 

Once I'd graduated in 1993, Brian employed me to work for him with Ryzard Kornijow who was visiting for the summer from Lublin, Poland. I learned a huge amount that summer. Experimental design, zooplankton, algal filtering and absorption spectra, freshwater zoobenthic sampling, and the drive that Brian had to understand what was happening within the Cheshire Meres. We went on to publish two papers together, one of which only came out earlier this year (Kornijow et al 2016) and the other soon after we had done the work (Moss et al 1998). 

His own words on the issue are inspirational to all those he left behind:

"It has helped, I think, to be an ecologist. We understand element cycles; we realise that immortal populations would be a genetic disaster; we see, in our work, population cycles in which ‘d’ is just as important as ‘b’, not least because an ever-increasing human population simply means greater problems for the Planet. I have a strong feeling of being part of all that in a very natural way. ‘Doubtless’, as Max Ehrman wrote in his 1927 poem, Desiderata, ‘the Universe is unfolding as it should’."

Towards the end of the day by Brian Moss SIL News 68:1-2.

Thank you Brian. It was a great privalege to have known and worked with you.



Lab retreat

09 June 2016

A great time was had by all