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ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Does fire alter plant-mycorrhiza feedbacks in heathlands?

Background. Global fire regimes are changing. In the UK, fires are become more frequent and sometimes more severe. These changes irrevocably alter plant and soil communities, potentially affecting important interactions between plants and symbiotic soil mutualists. Read more

ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Examining biodiversity benefits of UK treescapes

Background. Commitments to reduce carbon emissions to reach net-zero have raised awareness of nature-based solutions provided by trees, and UK treescapes are key to helping the UK government reach its carbon targets and support biodiversity recovery. Read more

ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Ants as ecosystem engineers: using ants to promote biodiversity

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious student to develop an exciting project using field experiments to quantify the relationship between meadow ants and management regimes, and how these together affect biodiversity and soil function. Read more

ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Bet-hedging plants: Resilience of plant populations to fluctuating temperatures under climate change

This project is ideal for (i) a student with a biology or ecology background with some programming experience and an interest in modelling or (ii) a student with a maths, physics or computer science background who is interested in learning how to perform plant biology experiments. Read more

ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Woodland-mediated predator impacts on open ground birds

Government policies are driving UK woodland expansion, especially in the uplands. Expanding woodland has benefits, but previous upland afforestation has impacted open ground biodiversity including waders. Read more

ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Genetic consequences of climate change-induced range shifts in Aricia butterflies

The evolutionary consequences of climate change are poorly understood, despite the ubiquity of climate change. In particular, historic geographic separations between related species have broken down in a number of instances as species shift their distributions, potentially resulting in hybridisation. Read more

ACCE DTP fully-funded project: Invisible diversity in a changing world: How do soil microbes affect plant drought tolerance?

Background. The UN 2030 agenda goals sets the need for sustainable development. These goals have resulted in increased interest in the addition of beneficial microorganisms (‘biofertilisers’) and soil-adjuvats (to improve plant-soil water relationships) to promote plant productivity. Read more

(MRC DTP) Individual exposure to airborne exposures assessed by using personal monitoring devices

Exposure to air pollutants have been shown to adversely affect birth outcomes and determimental to children’s health, However, further work is required to better characterise individual exposures and critical time windows of exposure so as to improve our knowledge on the associatons between these exposures and ill-health. Read more

Redefining the metabolism of nitrogen cycling microbes using Dual Stable Isotope Probing (LEHTOVIRTA_UBIO22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Dr Laura Lehtovitra-Morley. Secondary Supervisor - Professor Matt Hutchings (John Innes Centre). Supervisory Team - Professor Colin Murrell (University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences). Read more

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