Catharine Pschenyckyj

Visiting Geography Tutor Cat is an early career researcher in the final stages of her PhD with a keen passion for teaching. Before undertaking doctoral studies, Cat studied at the University of Reading and received a First Class integrated Master's degree in Environmental Science. Cat’s key research interest is focused on the effects of anthropogenic activities on soils and biogeochemical cycles, with recent work assessing how recovery from soil acidification is contributing to changing carbon cycling in upland peat bogs. Teaching Cat contributes to the teaching of the undergraduate programme in Geography. Her teaching interests focus on physical geography and environmental science, and include: river catchment hydrology and geomorphology; geology; soil science; solute and sedimentation processes; and field work skills. Recent research Funded by the University of Reading (Faculty of Science Studentship), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council and British Society of Soil Science, Cat ran an acidification manipulation field experiment across two National Parks in the UK: Snowdonia and the Peak District. This aim of this project was to investigate the extent to which increases in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations can be attributed to increased solubility of DOC with acidification recovery, and assess whether there is also a biological mechanism which is contributing to this trend.