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Olivia Lawrenson

Undergraduate Research Experience in Geographical Information Systems at the Lancaster Environment Centre

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to undertake a research placement at the Lancaster Environment Centre during the summer of 2019. The project will use GIS to map the extent of tree cover in UK limestone pavements. For this project we will use aerial images of limestone […]

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STARS’ Fiona Seaton reports on NPIF Placement

I recently finished a three-month placement at Ramboll, a civil engineering consultancy, in Southampton. I was given the opportunity to work with the Environment team there as part of an industry placement funded by the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). During my placement I helped out with many different projects and got a great overview […]

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STARS students present their research to HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Four STARS students, Jessica Potts, Chris McCloskey, Paul George and Emily Dowdeswell-Downey, were given the opportunity to present their research to HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO when he visited the BSSS Early Career Researcher conference in his capacity as the Society’s Patron. The biennial two-day event, led by BSSS National Representative Dan Evans, […]

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The 2018 Research Experience Placements

Investigating the relationship between tree root biomass and soil hydraulic properties across soil types Based: Bangor University Project objectives: Increased frequency of flood events and a failure of hard-engineered solutions to prevent damage to infrastructure from extreme events has resulted in a surge of interest in natural approaches to flood risk management. Afforestation of the […]

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Special Issue in European Journal of Soil Science

A European Journal of Soil Science, STARS special issue, is being planed. Having formally launched the proposal at the STARS conference in January, editors Phil Haygarth, Guy Kirk and Davey Jones are currently compiling a list of provisional paper titles. Although time is short, it is not too late to submit suggestions. Volunteer papers comprised […]

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In Conversation: Thoughts on the STARS 2019 Conference

How does soil science link to future global challenges? Read this conversation between Harry and Alex, members of the third and second STARS cohort respectively, as they reflect on the first STARS CDT conference held recently. At this key time for STARS, we are at maximum capacity.  Students and supervisors were present from all 4 cohorts at the […]

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STARS legacy post advertised

This exciting new post has been established to help coordinate our varied outputs, providing a lasting legacy of resources developed by the STARS CDT, to support soil scientists and the wider community into the future. This is an exciting time for STARS, we are at peak capacity, with all student cohorts active and lots going […]

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2 scientists, 1 subject, 70 years apart

In honour of Johnny Johnston’s 90th birthday, a conversation about soil science has been recorded between Johnny and Emily Masters-Clark at Rothamsted. Both Johnny and Emily work on soil fertility, listen to the conversation to see how the focus has changed over the years. https://www.facebook.com/Rothamsted/videos/295154434372927/

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Successful Policy Placement with FSA

STARS student Heather Ruscoe has recently finished a 3-month placement at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Westminster. The position was based within the Private Office (PO) team who assist both the Chief Executive and Chair of the board. The purpose of the placement was to help with general tasks of PO but mainly to […]

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Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils

Since the autumn of 2017, STARS PhD Researcher Dan Evans (Lancaster University) has co-led an international sustainable urban design ideas competition, charrette and exhibition called: ‘Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils’. Dust to Dust began as an urban design ideas competition. Multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial teams were encouraged to develop solutions about how […]

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