Vic Hyde recently completed his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Bournemouth University (UK). He is due to be studying his master’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford, where he has been awarded a scholarship for academic and personal achievements.
His research has focused on river pollution: His bachelor’s dissertation investigated the monitoring and assessment of river nutrient pollution resulting from an array of human activities. This project gave him experience in a range of analytical laboratory methods including mass spectrometry, ion chromatography and colorimetric techniques and he is currently working on publishing the findings. He is also networking with academics and industry partners (water utilities) on a study that will be exploring the potential of using artificial intelligence to monitor and mitigate the negative impacts of river pollution on human health. His research experience has therefore expanded his knowledge of both the epidemiological and environmental impacts from water quality impairment.Vic’s work experience includes a placement with the UK’s Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust within the European Union funded research project ‘SAMARCH’. This fieldwork involved sampling (electrofishing) and recording data on threatened salmonid populations, additionally he created and published an educational video for students and the public.Vic also has an interest in the communication of science to inform policy and law. He invited industry experts to participate in the 2021 European Environmental Law Forum Conference at Bournemouth University.Vic is a student member of the UK’s Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES), Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and a member of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF).