University of Birmingham Scholar Award - Environmental Sciences
Adam Ward studies how water, energy, nutrients, and pollutants move through landscapes, and the human and ecological consequences of these fluxes. Connections between streams, their landscapes, and their aquifers, and humans ultimately interact across space and time to control resultant biogeochemical processes and ecosystem functions, particularly environmental transport and fate. Ward uses a combination of field-based experiments, environmental observation, and numerical modelling to quantify couplings between physical, biological, and chemical systems, and applies this knowledge to predict water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem responses to changes in key drivers including land use change, land management activities, and climate change. Ward also studies the policies that govern the management of water resources and their implications for sustaining high quality natural resources.