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Lancaster University – Conserving mountain species in the face of climate change: the Mountain Ringlet butterfly in Cumbria – Rosa Menendez

Project Objectives The main objectives of this project were: To model the distribution of the mountain ringlet butterfly (Erebia epiphron) in the Lake District using existing distribution records and a combination of climatic, topographical, geological and habitat variables. To carry out butterfly surveys, in collaboration with Butterfly Conservation members and volunteers, in order to validate […]

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University of Nottingham – Trophic engineering: the adaptive landscape of mechanical function in four-bar linkage systems of fish jaws – Dr Andrew MacColl

Project Objectives Complex functional systems of living organisms can sometimes be well modelled from an engineering perspective. The ‘trophic’ (feeding) traits of fish provide a good example. They have been modelled as interacting systems of simple and four-bar linkage levers. In engineering design it is clear that there can be many-to-one mapping of form to […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement in Social Tree UpRooting DirectorY (STURDY) in Lancaster Environment Centre

Paid summer placement opportunity The aim of this project is to compile a database of tree failures across the UK from various forms of social media.  This database will then be used to validate predictions of individual tree failure by the TREEFALL model which has been developed in LEC with NERC funding. We have collected […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement in tropical ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University

Paid summer research placement opportunity A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of Bangor University research project with Dr Alison Cameron during the summer of 2017. The work will start on the 26th June and run through to the start of September (8 to 10 […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement studying species interactions at the James Hutton Institute

Paid summer placement opportunity A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of James Hutton Institute research in Dundee, Scotland during summer 2017. The opportunity is part of the research of Drs. Alison Bennett and Alison Karley, and will focus on whether a plant beneficial microbe […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement in freshwater phosphorus mitigation at the British Geological Survey, Nottingham

Paid summer placement opportunity A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of research at the British Geological Survey (Nottingham) during the summer 2017. The opportunity is part of the research of Dr Barry Rawlins and Dr Andy Tye, and will focus on a new approach […]

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Undergraduate research experience position in grassland microbial ecology at Lancaster Environment Centre

Paid summer placement opportunity A funded position is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to contribute to a LEC research project during summer 2017. The research will be lead by Dr Kate Buckeridge, with theoretical and practical contributions by the student, and will focus on how grassland carbon sequestration responds to different […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement in inter-specific and environmental variability in woody functional traits of tropical trees at CEH, Edinburgh

Summer Placement Opportunity Supervisor: Dr Lindsay F Banin, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Edinburgh Relatively little is known about variability in woody traits of tropical trees, when compared with foliar traits, apart from simple measures such as wood density. However, these traits could reveal important insight into how trees function, how forest communities are structured […]

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