Impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity
Tropical land-use change is a core driver of the global extinction and climate change crises. In the Edwards lab, we use field research, economic assessment and rigorous statistical analyses to determine the impacts of tropical land-use change on biodiversity, carbon stocks and other ecosystem services. In turn, we assess how to slow the rate of biodiversity and ecosystem service losses at minimal financial cost to conservation, focusing on an array of policy initiatives that represent key potential pathways, including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Avoided Degradation (REDD+) and green labels, such as the Round-table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). We focus these broad research questions on an array of disturbances, including selective logging, forest fragmentation, forest conversion to oil palm and rubber plantation crops, and the regeneration of secondary forest post-farm abandonment. Our study sites span a number of geographical regions, including the Tropical Andes, the Amazon, sub-Saharan Africa, and South-east Asia. Our research is designed to answer questions with strong applied importance and thus to provide the evidence base for improved land management across the tropics.
Science Graduate School
As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience the breadth of technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.
Applicants will need to obtain funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses.
The applicant should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject