Sebastian Stroud

Sebastian Stroud


I am a first year PhD student in the Hassall Lab

My PhD project is looking at ecosystem services associated with aquatic plants in urban landscapes.

My MSc research project utilised the newly emerging monitoring technology commonly known as environmental DNA. Essential it makes use of DNA which organisms have shed into the environment via mucus, skin cells, or gametes, we can sequent this DNA and either use it to a) create a complete catalogue of the community from this sloughed DNA or B) quantify the volume of DNA in a given volume of water. In collaboration with Yorkshire Water and NatureMetrics, we aimed to identify the most suitable methods of sampling and subsequent risk of Invasive species transfer of water between large water assets.

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Evolution