Rivers and Lochs Institute

The UHI Rivers and Lochs Institute (RLI) was established in 2012 to support freshwater biodiversity management through research, training and education. The RLI specialises in Molecular Genetics Research to aid in the conservation and management of all biodiversity in rivers and lochs, including fish stocks.

Scottish loch

Based in the heart of the Highlands and Islands the Rivers and Lochs Institute (RLI) is uniquely placed to work with local communities, freshwater and fisheries managers, businesses and government agencies to provide scientific support to protect and conserve freshwater biodiversity and manage sustainable wild fisheries.

The Rivers and Lochs institute has it's own website, to find out more follow the links below:

As part of the Research Hub at Inverness College UHI, the Institute connects with other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, undertaking multidisciplinary research and supporting postgraduate research students in an innovative research environment. 


Key information and contact details

You can find more information at the River and Lochs website.

Prof Eric Verspoor
Director, The Rivers and Lochs Institute
t: +44 (0)1463 273226
m: +44 (0)7827 955591
Dr Melanie Smith
Head of Research & Postgraduate Development
t: +44 (0)1463 273080
m: +44 (0)7825 833789

The Lochs and Rivers Institute, Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, IV2 5NA