School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

Honours Project Titles for 2012/2013


Information about selecting and planning your Honours project and the processes involved in producing your thesis will form part of module DXX-2000.  Full details have been given by Dr James Gibbons on 7th November (content available on Blackboard). In summary you must choose three different project titles with three different SENRGY supervisors.

Undergraduate project titles are listed below, and their availability will be updated as they are allocated.  You must use the online Honours Project form to select titles of interest, having first contacted the supervisor(s) concerned to ensure that they agree that your choices are compatible with your studies. The online form will be available early in semester 2 via a link provided here and from the DXX-2000 Blackboard site.

If you have an idea for a project that you feel would best be supervised by a member of SENRGY staff not listed below, you are encouraged to approach that member of staff directly in order to discuss the possibility of their supervising your suggested project.  If they agree, this title should then form ONE of your three choices on the Dissertation / Honours project choices form.

Completed forms MUST be submitted online by the stated deadline (i.e. before 12p.m. on Friday, 3rd February 2012). Projects will be allocated by 17th February 2012.

Graham Bird  

  1. Hydrological controls on trace metal fluxes from abandoned metal mines.   
    Allocated to William Partington

  2. River channel change and trace metal geochemistry in the River Conwy catchment.   
    Allocated to Jamie Evans
  3. Quantifying the Geochemical Footprint of Halkyn Mountain using Stream Sediment
    Allocated to Carla Davies
  4. Bank erosion rates and channel change of the River Clwyd.
    Allocated to Paul Duffy
  5. Does the development of a country affect natural hazard mitigation and response?
    Allocated to Tonia Pyrah
  6. A temporal analysis of the frequency and intensity of extratropical cyclones in the british isles since the 1950s.
    Allocated to Oliver Wheatley

Rob Brook  

  1. Use of hydroponics to grow winter feed for farm animals.
    Allocated to Jennifer Bevin

  2. Selection of higher rates of photosynthesis in novel genotypes of barley. .
    Allocated to Sian Thompson
  3. Investigating the effects of biochar on plant growth, and its potential as a peat alternative
    Allocated to Harriet Carpenter

Christine Cahalan 

  1. Regeneration.  Direct seeding on restock sites (could also do this on bare sites)
    Allocated to Luke O'Connor
  2. Suitability of tree species for continuous cover forestry.

    Allocated to Mark Hilleard

  3. Suitability of tree species for continuous cover forestry.
    Allocated to Owen Lewis

  4. Impacts of climate change: temperature.
    Allocated to Charles Hunt

  5. Impacts of increased projected winter and spring temperatures on the  germination and subsequent seedling establishment of Impatiens glandulifera. Royle. .
    Allocated to Natalie Chivers

  6. Profitability of production systems.

    Allocated to Orri Stevens

  7. Profitability of production systems.
    Allocated to Ben Chaloner

  8. Profitability of production systems.
    Allocated to Edwyn Midmore

  9. Natural regeneration (of Sitka spruce) under continuous cover systems.
    Allocated to Felix Jordan
  10. Title to be confirmed.
    Allocated to Daryl Hughes

Paul Cross

  1. What are the long-term affects removing pike from trout fisheries? And transferring them to other waterways?
    Allocated to Patrick Foran

  2. Monitoring farmers uptake of the voluntary edradication scheme of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) in Ireland.
    Allocated to Bernadette Carolan
  3. The impact of vegetation and habitat in relation to the cygnus cygnus on lough Derravaragh
    Allocated to Annemarie Kane

Tom DeLuca

  1. Natural regeneration after wildfire
    Allocated to Martyn Davies

James Gibbons

  1. Willingness to pay for environmental goods. A wide range of approaches possible ranging from survey based empirical investigation of a particular good (past examples include organic products, fair trade and aspects of biodiversity) to a more theoretical investigation of how individuals arrive at their valuations.
    Allocated to Roberta Clarke

  2. The effectiveness of stewardship schemes on the breeeding population of wader birds.
    Allocated to Philip Miller

Mike Hale

  1. Symptom development and spore release of Dothistroma septosporum (red band needle blight) in Wales (it doesn’t have to be in Wales but it would be quite good if it were for a bit of variation). (MDH301)
    Allocated to Edward Cooke

  2. Heat production from composting biomass as a preheating system for water (MDH320).
    Allocated to Jack Bowler
  3. Degradation of oxobiodegradable plastic using fungi. .
    Allocated to Karen O'Neill

Ian Harris

  1. An investigation into potential flooding along the North Wales coast.
    Allocated to Thomas Walker

  2. Climate change and sea level rise - how would North Wales be effected if sea level were to rise by 7m.
    Allocated to Victoria Southworth
  3. What would be the potential effects on wild plant diversity in field margins be under agri-environment schemes?
    Allocated to Alexandra Bicknell
  4. What is the impact of off-road cycle lanes on traffic volumes?
    Allocated to Martyn Smith

John Healey

  1. Forest/woodland ecology/silviculture/ Comparative tree species regeneration ecology
    Allocated to Guy Lucas
  2. Forest/woodland ecology/silviculture / Grey squirrel impacts
    Allocated to Joseph White
  3. Ancient trees and the information they give of land use over a period of time.
    Allocated to Rebecca Orford

Arwel Jones

  1. Eco Tourism : Passing fad or the future of the tourism industry? 
    Allocated to Jamie Dixon
  2. Eco Tourism : Passing fad or the future of the tourism industry?
    Allocated to Costas Mavromichalis  
  3. Rise and fall of seaside resorts or fall and rise?   
    Allocated to Katherine Alger  
  4. Rise and fall of seaside resorts or fall and rise?
    Allocated to Robert Andrew
  5. A critique of the role of the professional planning
    The project will be based on a case study of planners in a local planning authority.
    Allocated to Theodore Loughton


Davey Jones

  1. Biochar or wood ash? Which is better for climate change mitigation?
    Allocated to Laura Slee
  2. What happens after an earthworm dies? How long does it take to decompose and what nutrients does it release?
    Allocated to Jessica Daniel   
  3. Impacts of rare earth metals on soil .
    Allocated to Timothy Deville
  4. The ecotoxicological effects of Lanthanum and Zinc on Mung Beans. .
    Allocated to Leah Stead
  5. Are busy roadside blackberries enriched in metal concentrations? Or: Can I eat the blackberries?
    Allocated to James Slack
  6. The effect of nitrogen deposition on soil respiration.
    Allocated to Michael Anderson

Julia Jones

  1. The influence of age on a childs view of conseravtion and environmental issues.
    Allocated to Carys Williamson
  2. In situ conservation and large bodied species
    Allocated to Thomas Westrip

Morag McDonald

  1. Flood hazards – mitigation and resilience (Interdisciplinary).
    Allocated to Tom Grant

Hussain Omed

  1. Poultry production and welfare under different production systems.
    Allocated to Steffan Evans
  2. Comparing four different forage finishers for welsh lamb after they have been weened in August.
    Allocated to Huw Davies

Sian Pierce

  1. Research interactions between Humans and the rural environment in North Wales and how and why conflicts occur.
    Allocated to Matthew Burton
  2. Greater Manchester? A study of boundary change and cultural significance.
    Allocated to Bethany Dann
  3. Defnydd o ganolfannau awyr agored yr Urdd (Glan-llyn a Llangrannog) a sut mae'r defnydd wedi newid dros y deg flwyddyn ddiwethaf a pham?
    Allocated to Carys Ford
  4. The Land use, management and effect on rock climbing area for recreation.
    Allocated to Michael Kenyon
  5. Sustainable use of mountain bike trail centres within the UK.
    Allocated to Samuel Stretch
  6. European migration in East Anglia: to what extent has the identity of both the migrants and the region changed?
    Allocated to Rachel Ward
  7. Space, power, and resistance
    Allocated to Charlotte Cullen
  8. Contrasting conceptions of space
    Allocated to Tomos Greening
  9. A critique of the role of the professional planning
    Allocated to Rose McCulloch
  10. An investigation of the spatial (dis)organisation of Anti-Capitalism protests.
    Allocated to Patrick Moore
  11. Forest recreation: improving social health and wellbeing
    Allocated to Stuart Sarginson
  12. How does the european parliament contribute in the developing world?
    Allocated to Simon Turner

Andrew Pullin

  1. Using social media to communicate environmental science to practitioners.
    Allocated to Bradley Philp

Mark Rayment

  1. Mapping tree density across landscapes.
    Allocated to Jason Norman
  2. Comparing the drought resistance of seed source tree seedlings and vegetatively propagated tree seedlings based on the different root structures of each.
    Allocated to Megan Saywood

Paula Roberts

  1. Catabolic diversity of earthworm casts.
    Allocated to Mae Sawbridge
  2. Effective methods of increasing the plant nutrient value for green waste compost. .
    Allocated to Charlotte Sidey
  3. Effective methods of improving seed germination rates in green waste composts.
    Allocated to Natasha Keen

Eifiona Thomas Lane

  1. Future Sustainable Development and managment of Conwy River and surrounding area. Possibly a steakholder analysis. (Title subject to change)
    Allocated to Morgan Dafydd
  2. Eco-School Design. Does Eco architecture facilitate the learning of Geography and Sustainable Development.
    Allocated to Hannah Foxon
  3. An analysis of the implementation of the Welsh sustainable development program.
    Allocated to Lewis Gadd
  4. Management strategies in place to support the out movement of young people from National Park areas.
    Allocated to Naomi Morgan
  5. How do caravan sites contribute to sustainable staycationing throughout the United Kingdom?
    Allocated to Amyelia Park
  6. How do organisations/charities such as Christian Aid promote and use renewable energy in Africa (The Gambia) in order to improve standards of living?
    Allocated to Eleanor Rathbone
  7. How successful have regeneration attempts been in towns and cities across the UK?
    Allocated to Sarah Walton
  8. Sustainable Development of Anglesey Energy Island.
    Allocated to James White
  9. Community Participation in Tourism Planning.
    Allocated to Abigail Low
  10. Are governmental and non-governmental organisations doing enough to promote renewable energy technology in the UK and Africa in an attempt to mitigate the impacts of climate change?
    Allocated to Emily Bruce
  11. The Analysis of the UK planning system and it's importance in achieving sustainability in communities.
    Allocated to Morgan Vallely
  12. Local food networks.
    Allocated to Anchit Anup
  13. Impacts footpath erosion.
    Allocated to Peter Rastall

Prysor Williams

  1. Soil Carbon variations and their causes in the Forest of Dean.
    Allocated to Owain Redfern
  2. Determining the effect of Bryn Posteg landfill site on local water quality. .
    Allocated to Sean O'Brien

Paul Withers

  1. The effect of air pollution in Nairobi on precipitation pH and dry deposition of pollutants in the surrounding region.
    Allocated to James McLean
  2. Title to be confirmed.
    Allocated to Sean Cullen

Lynda Yorke

  1. Recent river channel change (historic)  
    Allocated to Krystyna Fry
  2. Long-term river valley development (Late Glacial/Holocene)  
    Allocated to David Green
  3. Long-term river valley development (Late Glacial/Holocene)
    Allocated to Chris Knight
  4. Flood Hazards in and around Hampshire, WIltshire and Somerset and Avon.
    Allocated to Benjamin Griffiths
  5. Deformation of glaciotectonic sediments around the Dinas Dinlle area.
    Allocated to Jamie-Ann Roe
  6. Morpho-Sedimentary investigation of the sequences in the Tyne-Wear lowlands.
    Allocated to Nathan Wood
  7. Differences between the Clwyd and Elwy
    Allocated to William Halliday


Welsh-medium support

The University's bilingual policy allows students to present course work in English or in Welsh. Students may therefore submit their dissertation in either language. Where a project title appears in Welsh in the list above, the staff member can supervise the project in either language and can provide comments on draft work submitted in Welsh. Welsh medium support is also available for those projects whose title is written in English only and students can discuss this with the project supervisor or with Dr Paula Roberts the School's Welsh Language Co-ordinator.

Mae cynllun dwyieithrwydd y Brifysgol yn caniatáu i fyfyrwyr i gyflwyno gwaith cwrs yn Saesneg neu'r Gymraeg. Gall myfyrwyr gyflwyno eu traethawd hir naill ai yn Saesneg neu yn Gymraeg. Ble mae teitl prosiect yn ymddangos yn Gymraeg yn y rhestr uchod, gall yr aelod o staff oruchwylio'r gwaith mewn un o'r ddwy iaith a pharatoi sylwadau ar waith drafft a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg. Gellir cynnig cefnogaeth trwy'r Gymraeg ar gyfer prosiectau gyda theitl wedi ei ysgrifennu yn Saesneg a gall myfyrwyr drafod hyn gyda goruchwyliwr y prosiect neu gyda Dr Paula Roberts Cydlynydd Cynllun Iaith yr Ysgol.















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