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Olivia Lawrenson

STARS 2019 Conference

This is an exciting time for the STARS CDT, a unique opportunity to bring together all its PhD students and supervisors to celebrate the diversity and depth of soil science research in the UK today. We will meet in the Low Wood Bay Hotel on the banks of Windermere. The conference will be structured around […]

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STARS in Rio

Congratulations to Hannah Cooper and Jasmine Burr-Hersey, cohort 1 STARS students, who have been awarded travel grants by the British Society for Soil Science to travel to the 21st World Congress of Soil Science in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this August.  This is an amazing opportunity for them to join such a large and prestigious […]

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See the wonderful world of plant roots

Exciting developments for 3rd year STARS student Jasmine Burr-Hersey, who has been involved in an outreach project in conjunction with the Hounsfield 3D X-Ray Computed Tomography facility at the University of Nottingham. Last week saw the launch of a new website which showcases the wonderful world of plant roots. Both images and videos of undisturbed root […]

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STARS student accepted on AMR training programme

Congratulations to Alex Williams, in the second year of his PhD with STARS, who has been accepted on to the National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research. Alex, whose project is looking at antibiotic resistance on the farm, evaluating risks to soils, crops and human health, will join a multidisciplinary group of PhD […]

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An additional studentship for STARS

STARS is happy to announce that we have been awarded an additional studentship through the NERC National Productivity Investment Fund. Projects for this studentship are currently being sought and will be advertised on the STARS website soon. This is a great opportunity, building on the successful PhD level soils science training, which the STARS CDT […]

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STARS at the EGU

As part of the STARS training programme, cohort 1 attended the European Geoscience Union (EGU) assembly this April, accompanied by STARS director, Phil Haygarth. As well being able to appreciate the breadth of science presentations at the week-long event, STARS students were more deeply involved, co-convening a session in the Soil Systems Science division of […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement in forestry and soil hydrology at Bangor University

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of the Multi-Land Project at Bangor University (http://www.nrn-lcee.ac.uk/multi-land/). The opportunity will contribute to research conducted by PhD student, Bid Webb, and will investigate the relationship between tree species and hydrology and implications for natural flood risk management. The […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement in Plant-Soil Interactions at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (www.ceh.ac.uk), Lancaster

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to undertake a research placement at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (www.ceh.ac.uk), Lancaster Environment Centre during the summer of 2018. The project will explore the resilience of UK agriculture to extreme flooding events. For this work we follow the response […]

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Undergraduate research experience placement: Bacterial functional screening for plant growth promoting traits in the rhizosphere of ancestral and domesticated wheats grown in different soil managements.

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to be part of the molecular microbial ecology group (MMEG) at Rothamsted Research’s site in Harpenden during the summer of 2018. The placement will last between 8 and 10 weeks, begining mid-July and is expected to end September (exact dates are […]

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