This student will develop mathematical models to understand the sensitivity of maize growth to hydroclimatic change. The project will use data produced by the project team, and previous work, to identify environmental preferences and yield differences between maize varieties. The models will aim to establish the key factors for optimal yield, including agronomic practices, environmental conditions and genotypes. Predictions from the models will subsequently be tested using materials grown in controlled environment conditions.
The resulting mathematical models will be used to analyse the likelihood of crop success and system stability to small fluctuations in climate, and in water availability. The model can then be used precisely, to investigate the best crop mixtures and field configurations for future climate scenarios.
This PhD will be based in the School of Mathematical Sciences. For further details, please contact Dr Jenn Gaskell: [email protected]