Lancaster University

Rosie Dunkley

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PhD: Why are there so few C2 grasses?    Location: Lancaster University Contact: Email: Twitter: @dunkley_rosie Lancaster page: LinkedIn: I am a first year PhD Envision funded student in the Lundgren Lab at Lancaster University looking into C2 grasses. My project focuses on why, when C2 is posited as an intermediary evolutionary […]

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Sophie Mowbray

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PhD: The impact of climate change on the thermal ecology of cold-adapted butterflies Location: Lancaster University Email Sophie Mowbray My particular research interests lie in ecology and conservation, especially butterfly ecology. I have an integrated master’s degree in conservation biology and ecology at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus in Penryn. During this degree, I […]

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Romilly Close

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PhD: Assessing the Contribution of Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers to Global Sea Level Rise Location: Lancaster University Email Romilly Close My undergraduate degree was in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield. I graduated in 2016, and went into composites research and development in industry for 5 years. I am proficient in coding and enthusiastic about […]

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Redrawing the lines of battle in coral reef fish communities

Coral reef

Coexistence of competing species in ecological communities is made possible by co-evolved “rules of engagement”. During competition, these rules enable contest resolution through avoidance or signals, without the need to escalate to direct attacks, which prevents unnecessary energy loss for both individuals. However, rapid environmental change can disrupt established competitor hierarchies as the effect of […]

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Restoring degraded Kenyan grassland soils

Kenyan grassland soils

Soils underpin food production in Africa, and they are under extreme pressure and while there has been considerable research into the management of African soils for crop production, far less research has been conducted into grasslands and their management, yet they are vital for food security and animal nutrition. This project is focused on understanding […]

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Understanding nitrogen delivery from glaciers to the Arctic Ocean: Do freshwater buffers help or hinder?

Arctic Ocean

Temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at more than double the global average over the last decades and glacial environments are at the forefront of climate change. Increasing temperatures impact freshwater runoff, as well as the transport of essential nutrients such as nitrogen from Arctic ice caps to the ocean. Rapidly changing nutrient dynamics, […]

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Investigating the role of organic nutrient resources in controlling biodiversity and production in freshwater ecosystems

Freshwater ecosystem

The project: Freshwater ecosystems are among the most threatened ecosystems globally, with nutrient enrichment perhaps the most significant stressor. However, the importance of the wide range of organic nutrient compounds found in freshwater ecosystems (e.g. proteins, nucleic or amino acids, phospholipids, etc) remains highly uncertain. Research to address this uncertainty is critical, because the concentration […]

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