The 2019 research Experience Placement

Mapping Vegetation Change on Limestone Pavements Based: Lancaster University Project objectives:  Limestone pavements occur in several upland regions of Britain principally located upon Carboniferous and Cambrian limestones. The species rich vegetation of limestone pavements is unusual, combining floristic elements of woodland (in the shaded humid grikes), rocky habitats and calcareous grasslands. There are several rare […]

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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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The 2017 Research Experience Placements

The bi-directional influence of a soil organism and an insect endosymbiont on each other Based: James Hutton Institute, Dundee Project objectives: Soil organisms can have surprising influences aboveground—and aboveground organisms can have equally surprising influences on soil organisms. One such soil organism, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi can prime plants for a faster defence response when […]

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The 2016 Research Experience Placements

Estimating the contribution of root exudation to C storage in temperate agricultural soil Project objectives: The project aimed to give the student an experience of working in the environmental and soil science sector to highlight the dynamic and complex nature of carbon research, and the importance of this type of research in the context of […]

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