The genetic basis of adaptive evolution
Dr L Leach, Prof J B Brown, Prof J Colbourne, Dr L Orsini
21 January 2019
A unique study system (the micro-crustacean Daphnia) is used to identify the mechanisms of adaptation to environmental change. These include epigenetics enabling phenotypic plasticity that may precede and inform the genetic fixation of adaptive traits.
Quantification of sediment organic matter fractions at Crose Mere, Shropshire FTNIRS and FTIRS
Dr J Boyle, Prof R Chiverell
23 January 2019
Palaeolimnological assessment of recent environmental change, building quantitative records of past states that pre-date instrumental measurements, has dramatically strengthened our understanding of current ecosystem functioning, enabling political and management decisions by providing firm evidence of both the existence of change, and of its causes.