About the Project
1) Characterising the oak population using existing sources (NFI, Countryside Survey, Ancient Tree Inventory etc.) with the possibility of developing new mapping and surveying techniques.
2) Analysing the main drivers affecting the health of trees in different contexts. This could include environmental factors such as climate change predictions, management, situation, pest / disease presence etc.
3) Identifying key issues affecting oak health, together with recommendations for further research and/or practical management action.
In characterising the oak population, the student has the opportunity to investigate the link between pressures on oak trees and the predicted level of carbon capture in the future. From this analysis, interventions could be suggested to alleviate pressures which are shown to have negative impacts on oak health, facilitated by the development of models to predict oak populations and carbon sequestration under alternate future greenhouse gas emission and climate scenarios. The genetics of oak trees in different situations could also be investigated. The project, developed through the Action Oak initiative and supported by additional funding from HSBC, would involve working closely with the Defra’s Tree Health Policy team and stakeholders and researchers within Action Oak, to ensure opportunities for impact and dissemination are fully realised and key evidence gaps identified through the initiative’s Knowledge Review are addressed.
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