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The ecological function of trees outside woodland on the colonisation of woodland creation sites

New woodland creation is at the forefront of UK’s environmental policy agenda (Defra 2021). Although there has been an overall increase in UK woodland extent in recent decades (Forestry Research, 2022) many woodland species continue to decline. Read more

Fully-funded ACCE Biology project: Resilient woodlands to support biodiversity recovery

Lead supervisor. Prof Jane Hill (University of York Department of Biology). Co-supervisors: Dr Michael Pocock (UKCEH) Dr Christopher Nichols (Woodland Trust) Dr Mark Wilson (British Trust for Ornithology) Prof Colin Beale (York). Read more
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Mycorrhizal mediation of woodland expansion on former farmland

We seek a candidate for a PhD project aimed at providing practical solutions to address the global issue of climate change by maximising the success of tree planting as a mitigation strategy. Read more

Quantifying biodiversity benefits and disease disbenefits from woodland creation projects

Background. Woodland creation projects and ecological networks for nature (eg Natural England Nature Networks) are increasing in the UK under government policies to increase tree planting for climate change mitigation and to promote biodiversity by enabling species dispersal and movements. Read more

Ancient woodlands and development-related threats: How can we develop effective, targeted mitigation to protect these valuable ‘Keepers of Time’?

Ancient woodlands provide some of Great Britain’s most biodiverse and culturally significant habitats. Current planning policy aims to protect these ‘irreplaceable’ habitats from the direct and indirect impacts of nearby development. Read more

Fully-funded ACCE Environment project: The role of air pollution and climate change in achieving UK woodland code project carbon sequestration targets.

Lead supervisor. Prof Lisa Emberson (University of York - Department of Environment & Geography). Co-supervisors. Dr Julia Touza-Montero (University of York - Department of Environment & Geography) Dr Massimo Vieno (CEH) Dr Mike Perks (Forest Research). Read more

NERC E4 The phenology of woodland foodweb assembly

  Research Group: Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Interested individuals must follow the "how to apply" link on the Geosciences E4 Doctoral Training Partnership web page. http://www.ed.ac.uk/e4-dtp/how-to-apply. Read more

Habitat adaptation strategies of a protected species: the Mountain hare in Scotland

Supervisors. Dr Sílvia Pérez-Espona, Dr Fiona Houston, Dr Scott Newey (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Laura Glendinning. Land use and climate change will have profound and widespread effects on the distribution of plant communities. Read more

Research opportunities in the Department of Environment and Geography

We offer an outstanding, dynamic and interdisciplinary environment in which to carry out PhD research in all aspects of human geography and environmental science, including lab-based, field-based, desk-based and policy-oriented research. Read more

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