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The James Hutton Institute
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Scotland UK

Benoît has studied fish farming (BTSA, Ahun), natural resource development (MSc, Corsica) and ecology (DEA, Paris XI) in France with research projects on aquatic plants at the University of Leicester (England) and Glasgow (Scotland). He then worked at the University of Metz (France) before joining again the University of Leicester where he gained his PhD demonstrating that aquatic plant distribution in lowland rivers was mostly due to plant dispersal and the impact of weirs rather than inorganic Nitrogen and Phosphorus.

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Since arrival at the Institute, Benoit has pursued his work on trying to link multiple stressors to aquatic plant distribution, diversity and stoichiometry. This time the focus has been primarily on the upland River Spey across a wide range of aquatic systems, but also across ecoregions throughout the UK and France.

Benoit has now set up whole ecosystem experiments at the Macaulay research station (Glensaugh) and in Tarland catchment where he has manipulated nutrient availability (Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus) and study the effects on nutrient cycling and whole stream metabolism (respiration and photosynthesis). Benoit is also currently studying whole ecosystem responses to temperature changes using geothermal streams in Iceland. This river reach scale work can be scaled up to river catchment for holistic river management and quantification of ecosystem services.
Benoit is currently collaborating with colleagues from Denmark (NERI, University of Aarhus), France (University of Rennes, University of Metz, University of Strasbourg), Iceland (University of Iceland; Institute of Freshwater Fisheries), Sweden (Linkoping University), UK (Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland, Queen Mary University of London), and USA (Stockton College, NJ).

Benoit is on the Editorial Board of Freshwater Biology and co-editor of a special issue in Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems Modern Problems of Aquatic Ecology, IV International Scientific Conference to commemorate Professor G.G. Winberg, 11-15 October 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia (in preparation).

Benoit is also member of several professional organisations: British Ecological Society, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Freshwater Biological Association, International Society of Limnology, Botanical Society of the British Isles, North American Benthological Society.


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