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Does CO2 Enrichment of Temperate Forests also Affect Soil N Cycling and the Emission of Nitrous Oxide (N2O)? - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

Project Description

About the Project
Increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations in temperate forests may affect soil nitrogen (N) cycling processes due to the increased demand for nitrogen availability by tree photosynthesis. This in turn can affect the emission of nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas, from the forest soil leading to a potential trade-off between the enhanced canopy CO2 uptake and soil N2O emission. Our current understanding of the response of N cycling processes to elevated atmospheric CO2 in mature, unmanaged temperate forests is limited. This project will look at the soil microbial nitrogen activity in the Free-Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) facility in a mature temperate oak forest by using state-of-the art stable isotope probing techniques.

Why Choose this Opportunity
The student will receive training in state-of-the art stable isotope techniques, soil nutrient and greenhouse gas analysis and form part of the biogeochemistry research group in the University of Bristol.

About You
Some experience of nutrient or greenhouse gas analysis would be an advantage, although training will be provided.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

How good is research at University of Bristol in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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