MRes in Understanding the drivers of biodiversity potential in urban ponds
Dr R Briers, Dr J Dodd
31 January 2019
Urban freshwater ecosystems are similarly often characterised as impacted and with limited biological life. Throughout the last century however, urban water quality has been improving, with concomitant changes in biological diversity.
SCENARIO: The impacts of long-term declines in insect abundance on ecosystem function
Mr D Roy, Prof T Oliver, Prof J Thomas, Dr T Johns
25 January 2019
The plight of insects has generated worldwide attention from the scientific community and wider public. Recent interest was stimulated by a 27 year study(1) suggesting a loss of 75% in the biomass of flying insects from Protected Areas in Germany, quickly labelled as ‘ecological Armageddon’.
Engaging Fishers to Understand and Conserve Sawfish in Queensland
Institute of Life and Earth Sciences
Dr M Bell
1 February 2019
Sawfishes are a family of rays that occur in coastal, estuarine and freshwater habitats in tropical and subtropical regions. This PhD project focuses on engaging commercial and recreational fishers in conservation efforts to protect the four endangered species that are known in the waters of Queensland, Australia.
Plasticiser in the UK terrestrial environment: Occurrence and bioaccumulation?
Dr D Spurgeon, Prof K C Jones, Dr M G Pereira
27 January 2019
Researchers and the public are aware of the potential issues of plastic pollution. Images of birds, mammals and other charismatic species entangled in and eating plastics have created great concern about our profligate plastic use.