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MSc by Research on Nature Recovery


   College of Science

  , Dr Sheena Cotter, Dr Sandra Varga  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

You will contribute to the research and knowledge arising from a new large-scale nature recovery project in a diverse former agricultural landscape next to Lincoln. You will have the opportunity to undertake biodiversity surveys and ecosystem service assessments across a gradient of habitats and land uses including ancient semi-natural and managed woodlands, grasslands, freshwater habitats and exciting new lowland heath and wood pastures formed through rewilding. Your project could be targeted to taxa of your choice, e.g. insects, plants, mammals, birds, fungi etc. You are also encouraged to evaluate key ecosystem processes and dynamics at the landscape level.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to:

-         Wilding and carbon sequestration in vegetation and soil

-         Seed dispersal and natural regeneration of woody species

-         Soil biodiversity recovery

-         Dung/carrion beetle diversity and ecosystem services

-         Fungal diversity and ecosystem services

Working with multiple stakeholders including the landowners and conservation practitioners such as the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership, Woodland Trust, Freshwater Habitats Trust and River Restoration Centre, your research will create a legacy of valuable baseline data as the landscape embarks on a long-term journey of wilding and recovery and contribute to the growing evidence base informing land management policies. You will be trained in survey techniques, specimen collection, identification, data management and analysis. 

We strive for a diverse community and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. The University encourages applications from underrepresented groups inclusive of Black, Asian and other Ethnic Minority groups, all gender identities and expressions from the LGBT+ community, candidates with a disability, and those that practise different faiths and beliefs, to enhance our One Community where we strive to be kind, patient, and supportive of each other.

If you wish to be considered for this project, you will need to apply for our MSc by Research Evolution and Ecology. Please quote the above title in your application.

For further details please contact Dr Lan Qie (), Dr Sheena Cotter () or Dr Sandra Varga ().


Funding Notes

This opportunity is for self-funded students. There will be in-kind supports from the main project partners. Applicants are encouraged to apply for external funding, and we will support this process if appropriate and when required.

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