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Bradley Reed

Brad Reed

Ice-ocean interaction: effects of climate change on Antarctic ice-shelf dynamics Bangor University, School of Ocean Sciences, Email: bradley.reed@bangor.ac.uk Twitter: https://twitter.com/oceanBrrrad For my undergraduate degree I studied Mathematics at the University of Leeds. I quickly became interested in the applied processes and fluid dynamics in particular. In 2013 I graduated with a First-class Honours and spent […]

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Tom Oliver

Tom Oliver

PhD: Dispersal strategies and space use in pollinating bees Rothamsted Research Email: thl18nrz@bangor.ac.uk Twitter: @Tomoliverbees I have a lifelong love of bees thanks to my grandparents. They were beekeepers for more than fifty years, becoming head honey judges at the Shrewsbury Flower Show, producing a film on the history of beekeeping and ultimately passing their […]

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Holly Unwin

Fracking magma: field and experimental investigation of hydrofracture in volcanic systems Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University Email: h.unwin@lancaster.ac.uk I am a volcanology PhD student at Lancaster University investigating the formation and evolution of tuffisite veins. I completed my undergraduate masters in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, where my masters’ project was developing the […]

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Hattie Roberts

Hattie Roberts

Do biogenic VOCs protect plant productivity under multiple environmental stress? Lancaster University and Bangor CEH Email Hattie Roberts Twitter As a Plant Biology graduate from Aberystwyth University, I am an enthusiastic ‘phyter’. My previous research has included investigating the distribution of a rare and vulnerable fungus growing on blackthorn leaves in The Burren, Ireland. A […]

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The environmental trade-offs of mining in a biodiversity hotspot

Historically nations have traded-off environmental degradation to achieve economic development. However, a turning point is sometimes observed above a certain level of wealth where countries invest in pro-environmental efforts. This inverted U-shape relationship between environmental degradation and a country’s GDP is the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC). If the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved […]

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Why does C4 photosynthesis rarely evolve in trees?

C4 photosynthesis is an ultra-efficient mode plant physiology that is used by our most productive food and bioenergy crops, including maize, sugarcane, and miscanthus. It has evolved independently in nearly 70 plant lineages. Despite these multiple evolutions, C4 photosynthesis is extremely rare in trees, having only been documented in a handful of tree species in […]

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Understanding parallel origins of industrial metal tolerance in Silene uniflora

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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Tracing environmental impacts associated with hydrocarbon production with novel geochemical techniques

With recent government green light for Lancashire fracking, concerns have arisen over the potential environmental impacts associated with drilling and shale gas production. One issue is whether fracking would introduce elevated hydrocarbon gas levels in drinking-water wells in the area of fracking. Several studies suggest that shale gas drilling leads to fugitive gas contamination in […]

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The effect of electromagnetic noise on the orientation of migratory birds

Animals face many challenges as increased urbanization impacts their ability to survive and reproduce. Nowhere is this more evident than in migratory birds. Throughout Europe evidence indicates that populations of migratory birds are declining. Many anthropogenic influences are implicated, such as land use and climate change. However, recently, a new and surprising potential hazard to […]

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Street-scale modelling of air quality in Beijing: Explaining spatial variability and assessing human exposure

Air pollution is a major problem in many parts of the world, and is particularly acute in countries with rapidly developing economies such as China. Urban air pollution has a major impact on human health, but small-scale variability in pollutant sources makes assessment of human exposure difficult. Understanding this variability is important for quantifying the […]

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