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Anna Woodhead

Anna Woodhead

PhD: Capturing ecosystem service delivery from coral reefs Room A54, LEC 3 Lancaster Environment Centre Lancaster University Lancaster United Kingdom LA1 4YQ Email Anna Woodhead Google scholar profile Lab group website profile Twitter Start date: 1st February 2017 I am a NERC Envision and Stockholm Resilience Centre funded PhD student based at Lancaster University. Before the […]

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Laura Turner

Laura Turner

PhD: An experimental and macroecological investigation of precipitation effects on Arctic plant root traits Sir Clive Granger Building University of Nottingham University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD Email Laura Turner Twitter LinkedIn I completed an integrated master’s in biology at the University of Sheffield, with a year studying in Canada at McMaster University. Through my degree, […]

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Mud, Sweat and Tears: PhD fieldwork in Uganda

#Envisionhighlight from Laura Hunt Fieldwork presented some unique challenges, including using heavy coring equipment in deep lakes from the confines of a small inflatable boat and having to chase monkeys away from stealing limnology equipment, but was by far the highlight of PhD so far! Visiting my beautiful field sites in person gave my research […]

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Envision students’ highlights and challenges

We asked our students what their biggest highlights and challenges have been throughout their time as Envision PhD students. Both my most exciting and challenging moments were during fieldwork in Greenland this summer. Hiking for multiple hours every day was really draining, and I was nervous using expensive equipment and to finally commit to methods […]

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Adventures on an icebreaker doing Arctic science

Iceberg-Jack Garnett

Jack Garnett describes the wonder of a 3-week scientific expedition to the Arctic collecting samples for his ‘ENVISION’ PhD research into the impact of human-made pollutants in this remote region. I had tried to get fieldwork from the start of my PhD, but getting into the Arctic to collect samples is incredibly difficult, especially for […]

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Savanna Soil Carbon: investigating biological climate resilience

Savanna Soil Carbon: investigating biological climate resilience

Savanna ecosystems occupy 20% of the Earth’s land surface and are characterized by open canopied mixed woodland with a grassy understorey and seasonal rainfall in tropical or sub-tropical regions. They are also reservoirs of globally important biodiversity and carbon that are strongly influenced by the combined effects of grazing, fire and climate. Savannas are critical […]

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Adapting to extreme environments: Hybridisation and the evolution of contemporary heavy metal tolerance

Adapting to extreme environments: Hybridisation and the evolution of contemporary heavy metal tolerance

Climate change, urbanisation and exploitation of natural resources increasingly alter the environment, posing significant challenges for plants and animals. We have a poor understanding of how organisms will adapt to such rapid and widespread disruption, particularly in terms of their evolutionary responses. For species to adapt to such fast paced change, they will either need […]

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Hannah Markham

Hannah Markham

PhD: Sensitivity of aquatic insect eggs to elevated fine sediment and phosphate concentrations in rivers Environmental Sciences C Floor – Gateway Building University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington Campus Sutton Bonington Leicestershire LE12 5RD Email Hannah Markham I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first-class degree in Environmental Science and a keen interest in […]

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Filling the emissions gap: Investigating the dynamic contribution of soil volatile organic compounds to temperate and tropical forest atmospheres

Filling the emissions gap: Investigating the dynamic contribution of soil volatile organic compounds to temperate and tropical forest atmospheres

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) disrupt the chemical equilibrium of the atmosphere causing increased formation of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. The majority of these VOCs are known to originate from the world’s forests, but we cannot currently account for them all. Without knowledge of the precise sources, we cannot predict how they will respond to […]

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