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  Tree mortality and drought: leveraging the power of big data
  Dr T Pugh, Dr J P Sadler, Dr T Matthews
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
Why do trees die? How do the rates and drivers of tree mortality vary from the tropical rainforest to the boreal? How do these mortality rates affect forest structure? These questions are crucial in order to understand large-scale forest dynamics.
  Stability and resilience of fertilized grassland soils in response to extreme weather events
  Dr T Caruso, Prof P Hallett
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
This project will be supervised by Dr Tancredi Caruso of Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences, Professor Paul Hallett of the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences, and Dr Dario Fornara of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute The start date will be 1 October 2019.
  SCENARIO: A new approach to navigating uncertainty in climate-related hydrologic risk
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof T Shepherd, Dr K.A. Smith, Prof N Arnell, Dr G Darch
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019
Climate change poses a severe threat to the environment, and it is essential to be able to evaluate climate-related risk and provide appropriate guidance to decision-makers.
  Physiological and molecular characterisation of altered root hydraulic properties in rice due to allelic variation or genetic manipulation of plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs, a class of aquaporins)
  Prof A Price
Applications accepted all year round
A cluster of three PIPs on chromosome 7 of rice are all candidate genes for a drought avoidance locus. These genes are highly expressed in roots and thought to have a major role in root hydraulic conductance.
  (MERI) Does biodiversity restoration enhance the capacity of ecosystem functions to buffer climate extremes?
  Research Group: Ecology and Evolution
  Prof R Bardgett, Prof D Johnson, Dr M Semchenko
Application Deadline: 6 February 2019
The role of species diversity as a driver of ecosystem stability - or the ability of an ecosystem to maintain a relatively stable state in the face of environmental fluctuations - has a long history in ecology.
  Understanding the life strategy of geophytes and their behaviour in extreme environments
  Dr L Frankova
Application Deadline: 31 January 2019
This project is part of the ONE Planet DTP. Find out more here. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/one-planet/. Perennials are long-living plants that resist extreme weather and growth conditions such as drought, flooding, nutrient-deficiency and competition.
  SCENARIO: Analysis of peatland carbon dynamics using combined optical and microwave satellite data
  Research Group: SCENARIO NERC DTP
  Prof K Morrison, Dr TL Quaife
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019
Peatlands are a key component of the terrestrial carbon cycle and sequester large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Monitoring their health and state is therefore key to understanding carbon dynamics and the important role peatlands play in the climate, and in climate change.
  Deep matter – soils and their power to fight climate change
  Dr S Reinsch, Dr A Smith
Application Deadline: 27 January 2019
Do you care about nature? Do you care about your health and the health of others? - Then you care about SOIL. Soils are crucial components of our world; being the basis for food production, water and nutrients.
  Deep matter - soils and their power to fight climate extremes
  Dr S Reinsch
Application Deadline: 27 January 2019
Do you care about nature? Do you care about your health and the health of others? - Then you care about SOIL. Soils are crucial components of our world; being the basis for food production, water and nutrients.
  Upstream Open Reading Frames: A New Way to Turn Plant Genes On and Off?
  Prof B H Davies
Application Deadline: 20 January 2019
The ability to regulate gene expression is essential for life. Plants lack the ability to move and therefore have a particular challenge to respond to changes and trends in their environment and adjust the expression of their genes accordingly.
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