About the Project
Lichen-animal interactions: What is the role of lichens for micro- and macrofauna food and habitat provision in tundra environments?
Lichen - plant interactions: Do lichens act as filters for plant seedling establishment in tundra environments?
Lichen – lichen interactions: How does the lichen community assembly impact on ecosystem functioning?
This project will establish the role of lichens for ecosystem functioning in tundra ecosystems by using a wide variety of field studies and modelling. The core methodology is based on experimental fieldwork in the Scottish Cairngorms and northern Sweden, where the student will have access to field sites and laboratory facilities. Species identification will be supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh for lichen specimens. Species identification for invertebrates will be supported by the Natural History Museum, London. The students will have significant scope to develop their own research ideas within the research questions.
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