28 Jan, 2022

New appointment – Group Manager, Aquatic Science

We are pleased to formally confirm the appointment of Dr Kate Waters-Hart to the role of Group Manager, Aquatic Science. Kate commenced in her role in early January and is based in Dunfermline, Scotland.

The Group Manager for Aquatic Science is a critical role for the business globally. This role oversees and coordinates all the science behind our products, applications, and data management. Along with customer engagement and application services, the seamless delivery of the scientific requirements for each project is essential in reinforcing PET as the trusted partner of choice to remediate and manage fresh water in our target markets. Kate will also manage the relationship with Limnological Solutions Incorporated (LSI) as part of this role.

Prior to this new appointment, Kate worked for PET as a Freshwater Aquatic Ecologist since 2019.
Kate recently completed her PhD at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh and the University of Stirling. Her research investigated the recovery of aquatic macrophytes following Phoslock application and covered whole-lake applications and laboratory experiments. Kate looks forward to pursuing her research interests which focus on the causes, effects and restoration of eutrophication impacts in lakes, invasive species and the conservation of European protected macrophyte species.

Kate has worked within the scientific research community and within the public and private sectors. During her PhD, she undertook a joint research internship with The National Trust and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to assess the National Trust’s freshwater assets. Kate’s previous professional roles include working for Natural England and the Catchment Sensitive Farming Initiative run by Natural England. In both roles, the work focused heavily on visiting landowners and discussing ways to reduce water pollution. This also involved working with many other government and non-government and conservation agencies to reach targets to improve both water quality and biodiversity in the Norfolk Broads through the creation of different outputs, including restoration plans.
Kate is already a valued member of the PET team and I look forward to her contribution in this new role.

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