Catherine Baxendale

Placement with WWT – Catrin Eden

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During my PhD I had the opportunity to work with the Conservation Evidence department at WWT, the organisation that originally inspired me to pursue a career in research. Wetland ecosystems are vital for the health of the planet and WWT is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a focus on protecting these habitats. I spent 3 […]

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Tracing the Hydrological Cycle

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Location: Nottingham. 6 week placement. The placement will give the placement student a full overview of isotope hydrology, from the field, through the lab, and into interpretation. The project will: 1)   undertake a field sampling campaign of surface and rain waters in and around Nottingham. 2)  analyse these water samples for d18O and dD at […]

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Limestone Pavement Conservation

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Location: Lancaster. 6-week placement. Limestone pavements are a rare and valuable habitat. For this research experience placement you will join a project working to improve the conservation of limestone pavements. You will contribute to various aspects of the project including helping with botanical data collection in the field, assisting with the development of survey methods […]

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Frolicking in the meadows: the impact of seagrass on mammal and seabird activity.

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Location: Bangor University. 7-week placement. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in preliminary studies on the potential benefits of planting seagrass in a pristine area of the North Wales coastline. The owner of Bodorgan Estate, Anglesey, is exploring options to create a new seagrass meadow in one or more of the sheltered bays which […]

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Are sheepfolds hot-spots of greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient enrichment following sheep gathering events?

Photo showing a grassy area with a sheepfold and a close up photo showing evidence of trampling and compaction at the soil surface.

Location: Bangor University Duration: 7 weeks Fig. 1 Sheepfold (left) showing evidence of trampling and compaction at the soil surface (right). Livestock excretal inputs and trampling (causing soil compaction) are known factors that stimulate emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas (GHG) nitrous oxide (N2O) from soil. These factors are compounded within sheepfolds, where large numbers […]

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Restoring for the Future: Forest Restoration in the Face of Multiple Stressors

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Location: Bangor University. 7-week placement. Tree planting and forest restoration has gained significant traction in policy and public discourse in recent years, often presented as a ‘win-win’ for both the biodiversity and climate crisis. The UK government has a target of establishing 30,000 hectares of new forest annually across the devolved governments, an increase in […]

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Establishing the potential of floating wind farms to mitigate the warming of stratified shelf seas

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Location: Bangor University. 6-week placement. We have an exciting opportunity for a 6-week funded project working in the School of Ocean sciences at Bangor University. The research experience placement student will work with Bangor oceanographers to understand the environmental impact of floating wind farms, and how this could mitigate climate change. Background Every spring the […]

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Genomic windows into functional diversity within amphibian skin microbiomes

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Location: Bangor University. 6-week placement. Host-associated microbial communities affect aspects of host health such as nutrition and resistance to disease. Microbial communities are typically characterised using single-gene markers (e.g. 16s); and while this approach is fundamental to understanding the composition of microbial communities and their responses to environmental changes, it cannot fully capture the functional […]

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Amphibian skin microbe-microbe interactions in the face of climate change

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Location: Bangor University. 6 week placement. Skin microbiomes play a critical role in amphibian health, acting as a first line of defence against invading microbial pathogens. There is growing evidence from a range of wild amphibian species that microbiome diversity and key bacterial taxa are critical for resistance against emergent chytrid fungal infections, currently one […]

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