About the Project
There is increasing evidence that environmental and biological change in the last few centuries does not represent modification of a previously pristine world, but that recent changes are superimposed on earlier human modification that occurred over many thousands of years. During this PhD, you will generate Pleistocene-Holocene-Anthropocene ‘hockey-stick graphs’ of species accumulation and loss for exemplar regions/countries of the world, investigating when most losses took place, and when most naturalised species arrived and established. You will investigate the cultural context of changes, including the formation of novel environments (e.g., croplands in formerly forested regions), increased transport and climatic changes. You will also identify the sources of species that establish in novel environments, using existing vertebrate, mollusc and pollen databases.
The project will suit a student who wishes to understand the impacts of humanity of the Earth’s biodiversity and who is comfortable with data analysis. You should be objective, numerical, wish to combine historical and present-day perspectives, and excited about exploring fundamental research questions. LCAB will provide you with a wide range of opportunities to interact with other PhD students and researchers, in a supportive environment. You will be part of the LCAB research programme, which offers additional training and facilitates interactions with PhD students in other departments at York, and with other universities and research organisations.
ELIGIBILITY: This studentship is only available to UK/EU students only.
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