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Country, calypso or carimbó? The role of cultural value shifts in advancing Amazonian deforestation frontiers

Country, calypso or carimbó? The role of cultural value shifts in advancing Amazonian deforestation frontiers

This inter-disciplinary project addresses the intractable problem of how to reduce tropical deforestation. Current strategies such as REDD+ are failing and rooted in assumptions of rational economic decision-making. However, emerging research highlights the socio-cultural roots of environmental problems and solution pathways (e.g. Chan et al. 2020, People & Nature). Understanding people’s environmental values is increasingly […]

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Stalagmite capture of groundwater nitrogen

Stalagmite capture of groundwater nitrogen

The world’s population relies on using nitrogen to boost crop yields and ensure sufficient food production. However, application of nitrogen fertilizer in excess of that taken up by plants and animals causes contamination of soils, surface waters and groundwater reserves. This has major implications for environmental and human health, causing eutrophication of surface water bodies […]

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Understanding how habitat quality, insect abundance and aquatic subsidies impact population change in a rapidly declining bird

Understanding how habitat quality, insect abundance and aquatic subsidies impact population change in a rapidly declining bird

Global declines in migrant bird populations are a major threat to the world’s ecosystems. Migrants provide vital ecosystem services at large spatial scales, and avian population trends are key indicators of environmental change. Understanding and reversing the declines in migrant populations is therefore a conservation priority, but the underlying causes are unclear. While a growing […]

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Net zero, land use and climate change: what are the ecosystem consequences?

Integrated impacts of transformative land-use change and climate change on grassland biodiversity, ecosystem services and land carbon uptake

Why this project is important: Ensuring grasslands, which cover 40% of the UK, provide a suite of ecosystem goods and services and store natural capital is critical for societal needs. However, new understanding of grassland ecosystem response to climate and land use change and predictive capabilities are required to promote strategic land-use decisions that support […]

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Harry Skinner

Harry Skinner

PhD: Altered states: Will forest-agriculture mosaic landscapes allow the long-term survival of a forest-specialist primate? Location: Bangor University  Email Harry Skinner Twitter For my undergraduate degree, I studied Zoology with Conservation at Bangor University. Through my dissertation I had the opportunity to research in Madagascar for 2 months. During this time, I became fascinated in […]

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Sarah Coates

Sarah Coates

PhD project: Adapting to extreme environments: Hybridisation and the evolution of contemporary heavy metal tolerance Location: 3rd Floor, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University, Bangor Email Sarah Coates I studied for a BSc in Biological Sciences (Evolutionary Biology) at the University of Edinburgh, where I first developed my interest in evolutionary biology. I […]

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Urban greenspace – what attributes determine wellbeing?

Urban greenspace – what attributes determine wellbeing ?

Stress is ubiquitous in UK society (85% of which is urban). However, access to green space is correlated with better quality of life, and can actively reduce levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol. In total, the 160,000 urban greenspace areas in the UK are estimated to provide £130 billion in ecosystem service benefits. Much […]

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Emma Withers

Emma Withers

PhD: Extreme weather events exacerbate nitrous oxide emissions from soil (Extreme-N2O) Location: 2nd Floor, Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University, LL57 2UW Email Emma Withers ResearchGate Twitter “I completed a BSc (hons) degree in Biochemistry at the University of Bath in 2015, before working on N14 magic angle spinning solid-state NMR at the University of Southampton. […]

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Edward Pyne

Ed Pyne

PhD: What lurks beneath: unravelling the chemically-guided ecological interactions of Armillaria fungi, a devastating group of subterranean forest pathogens Location: Bangor University Email Edward Pyne Twitter I completed my BSc in Biological Science at Cardiff University in 2020. During this time, I was an active member of the Cardiff Fungal Ecology research group. At Cardiff, […]

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