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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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