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Olivia Lawrenson

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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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 […]

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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. […]

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