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Drought vulnerability of the date palm and its wild relatives

Drought vulnerability of the date palm and its wild relatives

Understanding the mechanisms and evolution of drought tolerance in plants is crucial to support the development of drought-tolerant crops, assess the vulnerability of wild species to climate change, and ensure that drought-tolerant genotypes are included in conservation programmes. Comparative studies including model crop species and their more variable wild relatives show great potential to progress […]

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Using ecological theory and data to evaluate and improve industry’s measurement of Biodiversity Net Gain

Using ecological theory and data to evaluate and improve industry’s measurement of Biodiversity Net Gain

Growing awareness of the rapid rate of biodiversity loss, and the ultimate impacts on human wellbeing, has resulted in increasing policy commitments that infrastructure development should deliver a Net Gain in biodiversity. Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is development that leaves biodiversity in a measurably better state than before by avoiding and minimize impacts, before restoring […]

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Understanding responses of coastal seabirds to local and daily-scale meteorological variation

Understanding responses of coastal seabirds to local and daily-scale meteorological variation

Weather patterns are changing across the globe, and these changes may affect populations of animals. For coastal seabirds, it seems likely that associated changes in precipitation levels and wind characteristics could impact their ability to find and locate prey, and therefore feed themselves and chicks. For example, variations in precipitation change levels of freshwater input, […]

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Impact of warm salty Indian Ocean water leakage into the South Atlantic on the Benguela Upwelling ecosystem over the last 40 years

Impact of warm salty Indian Ocean water leakage into the South Atlantic on the Benguela Upwelling ecosystem over the last 40 years

The Benguela upwelling system supports fisheries that are key marine resources of the developing nations of South Africa and Namibia.  Benguela fisheries yield has experienced large fluctuations over the last few decades as a result of fishing and ocean dynamics.  In particular, recent results from satellite data and ocean models suggest that the vigorous eddy […]

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How do birds contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms?

How do birds contribute to the spread of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms?

The emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance genes (AMR) amongst pathogenic microorganisms is one of the greatest health issues of this century. Over-use of antibiotics in treating humans and livestock are both well established as sources of AMR but a third source of AMR comes from the natural environment. In particular, it has been found […]

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Unhappy Bedfellows? Interactions between the invasive species Sargassum muticum and Threatened seagrass beds (Zostera spp).

Unhappy Bedfellows? Interactions between the invasive species Sargassum muticum and Threatened seagrass beds (Zostera spp).

Successful invasive species often escape top-down pressure in the early stages of invasion. However, emerging evidence suggests that over time local animal consumers can adapt to control and moderate non-natives by incorporating invading species into their diets. These adaptations by local consumers are likely to be mediated by mutualistic intestinal microbes. Seagrasses of the Zostera […]

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Confronting the Changing Diversity Patterns of Coral Reefs

Confronting the Changing Diversity Patterns of Coral Reefs

Coral reef ecosystems are in a state of change. Increasingly frequent and severe disturbances, and escalation of human interactions, are transforming many tropical coral reefs. At the same time, species are extending their ranges toward higher latitudes at remarkable pace, with tropical species encroaching temperate rocky reef environments. Despite these changes to the organisation of […]

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Seeing into the subsurface – next generation geophysical imaging for environmental and engineering hazard monitoring

Seeing into the subsurface – next generation geophysical imaging for environmental and engineering hazard monitoring

Are you looking to transfer your experience of computational methods to tackling some important Earth science problems?   We are interested in imaging the shallow subsurface (the top 100m of the Earth’s crust – the bit we rely on for water and many other resources and the bit that can change rapidly, e.g. a landslide, and […]

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A New Framework for Measuring Uncertainty in Satellite Observations of Climate Change.

A New Framework for Measuring Uncertainty in Satellite Observations of Climate Change.

This project offers the exciting opportunity to develop fundamental new insight into the certainty of satellite estimates of climate change, with a focus on Earth’s polar ice sheets. The melting of ice from Greenland and Antarctica contributes more than one third of global sea level rise. Satellites provide a unique tool for systematically monitoring the […]

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