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

Image of a wind turbine floating on the surface of the sea while being towed into position by small boats.

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

Image showing the poison frog, Dendrobates tinctorius and bacteria

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

Image of frog sitting on a leaf surrounded by bacteria. Generated with AI by A Ellison 22.4.24

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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Tom Gale

Tom Gale

PhD title: Drivers and demographic consequences of seabird foraging strategies in a changing environment Location: UKCEH Edinburgh and Bangor University Email: tmg23bbb@bangor.ac.uk My PhD will investigate the drivers of foraging behaviour in European Shags. To do this, I will first be analysing bio-logging data collected as part of the Isle of May Long Term Study […]

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Ivonne Liliana Salamanca Leon

Ivonne Liliana Salamanca Leon

PhD project title: Using ecological theory and data to evaluate and improve industry’s measurement of Biodiversity Net Gain Location: School of Environmental & Natural Sciences, Bangor University Email: vns22sbv@bangor.ac.uk LinkedIn With a deep love for the natural world, I embarked on a journey in ecology, earning my undergraduate degree in Colombia and a master’s from […]

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Placement with the Welsh Government – Ankita Bhattacharya

Ankita Bhattacharya

I had the wonderful opportunity to do a 3-month placement from October to December 2023 with the Welsh Government in their water policy team. During this time, I worked closely with water quality and policy experts, gaining invaluable insights into government policymaking. Despite being based in Nottingham, the Welsh Government provided me with the flexibility […]

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Jacqueline Otto

Jacqueline Otto

Project title: Seeing in the dark: evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets during polar night Location: Lancaster University Email: j.otto@lancaster.ac.uk LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-otto-7bbb95183 After completing my BSc in Geographical Science at Freie Universität Berlin, I initially focused on Sustainability challenges in Urban Environments by pursuing an MA in Urban Studies at […]

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Graham Smith

Graham_Smith

PhD: Measuring the impact of rewilding on pollinator biodiversity: what can machine learning tell us? Location: University of Nottingham Email: mbygws@nottingham.ac.uk Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrahamSmithEnto I completed a BSc in Biology at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2019, my primary research focused on the population ecology of the European Glowworm (Lampyris noctiluca) in Sherwood Forest. Following […]

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