Close

Olivia Lawrenson

STARS student awarded £19,000 grant for the first-ever study of UK Arable Soil Formation Rates

STARS PhD Researcher Dan Evans (Lancaster University) was last month awarded a £19,000 grant from the NERC Cosmogenic Isotope Analysis Facility (CIAF). Based in East Kilbride, Scotland, the facility provides cosmogenic radionuclide analytical facilities to scientists interested in yielding fundamental information about rates of landform evolution. Dan spent just under a year formulating the application […]

Read More

STARS on the move again

Cohort 2 have recently returned from a very successful fieldtrip to Tenerife, following in the footsteps of their colleagues in Cohort 1 and in search of those teabags so carefully buried there for them. The trip was led by Davey Jones, Dave Chadwick, Andy Tye and Emma Sayer, with a guest appearance by Phil Haygarth. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

STARS film on the art of good communication

The STARS CDT has produced another short film addressing the importance of effective communication of scientific research to stakeholders, policy makers and end users. The film features STARS students discussing their experiences of communication, from government policy briefings to practical advice for farmers. As well as the students, we hear from experts in the field of […]

Read More

Another research paper published

Congratulations to Cohort 1 student, Paul George who’s first PhD paper is now published. The paper, “Evaluation of mesofauna communities as soil quality indicators in a national-level monitoring programme” is published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry. The research looked at mesofauna from soil cores collected throughout Wales as part of the nationwide soil monitoring programme. […]

Read More

Welcome to STARS Cohort 3

STARS welcomed its third cohort of students recently at a three day welcome event held at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden. Having been fortunate in being awarded an additional seven students through the NERC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), this cohort is the largest yet at 18 students. All 18 made it to the event, despite some […]

Read More

Research article published

Congratulations to Cohort 1 student, Jasmine Burr-Hersey who has published her first research paper recently. The paper, “Developmental morphology of cover crop species exhibit contrasting behaviour to changes in soil bulk density, revealed by X-ray computed tomography” is published in PLOS ONE. It examines the responses of root growth for different species of cover crop […]

Read More

STARS Back to Earth

Three STARS students have recently returned to their PhD research following time away working in policy placements. The students; Emily Dowdeswell, Jasmine Burr-Hersey and Hannah Cooper have been working with Defra in the Chief Scientific Advisor’s office, with the Plant Health Evidence and Tree Health Policy team and in the Library of the House of […]

Read More

Undergraduate Research Experience Placement in Social Media Analysis of Tree Failure within Lancaster Environment Centre.

A funded opportunity is available for an undergraduate student (subject to eligibility, see below) to undertake a research placement within Lancaster Environment Centre during the summer of 2017. The project involves filtering some 9 million tweets that have been harvested around key words associated with tree failure (e.g. ‘fallen tree’) then analyse the textual and […]

Read More

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 2017. The project will explore the resilience of UK agriculture to extreme flooding events. For this work we follow the response […]

Read More