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Olivia Lawrenson

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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Examining charcoal impacts on soil properties at Liège

Mihai Cimpoiasu reports on his 3-month placement at the University of Liège in Belgium where his expertise in imaging technology and geoelectrical methods was put to good use in quantifying the impact on soil structure, of long-term accumulation of charcoal.  While much work has been done on the short-term effects of charcoal on soil, there […]

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Gas seeps in the French Alps

Tom Bott reports on his research trip to France. My project is interested in how soil microbiology changes when there is an increase in the amount of methane and other gases such as ethane and propane (collectively called alkanes). Such gases may originate from the geology below the site, for example from oil or gas […]

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Digging the Future at the EGU

STARS students once again organised a session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. The EGU is a week-long gathering of Geoscientists from all over the world who come together to share and discuss their research in all areas of geoscience. This year, due to COVID-19, STARS students were among the pioneers to take the […]

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STARS legacy taking shape

STARS CDT are delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Legacy Fellow, Dan Evans. Dan will be taking up the post, on a part time basis, in December. This is an exciting development for STARS, building on the tremendous amount of work put in by our students and supervisors; we want to capture […]

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STARS conference 2020 invitation

All current STARS students are expected to attend and present their research. We will be able to support 1 supervisor per student; however, further funding may be available for additional supervisors so please enquire and we will do our best to accommodate. All former STARS students are also very welcome to attend and present. Conference […]

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Infographics illuminating research

Sam Musarika reports on a recent STARS course. PhD projects are complicated and are sometimes not easy to communicate. What might seem to be an interesting project to the researcher and his fellows could be easily dismissed by those outside that sphere of interest. It is important therefore that a researcher presents their work in […]

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Knowledge exchange visit to Ohio

Leigh-Anne Kemp, a 2nd year STARS PhD student, reports on an International Knowledge Exchange visit. I recently completed a month-long international interdisciplinary internship at Ohio State University. I was invited to work with Dr Bennett’s lab group focusing on the effects of selenium leaching from mining activities on microbial communities. My internship was twofold. First […]

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Knowledge Exchange visit to Germany

Lucy Greenfield, a 3rd year STARS PhD student, reports on an International Knowledge Exchange visit. I recently travelled to the University of Göttingen for a month to learn the technique of enzyme photography or zymography from Dr Bahar Razavi. Enzymes are released into the soil by microorganisms to aid the breakdown of many soil compounds.  […]

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