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Olivia Lawrenson

Can nitrogen saturation lead to lower soil N pools? Using paired chronosequences to study the mechanisms governing nitrogen accumulation

Supervisor: Laurence Jones Registered: Bangor University Based: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Nitrogen pollution can reduce plant diversity in dune ecosystems by 50%, but new research suggests that nitrogen saturation may actually limit the amount of nitrogen accumulating in dune soils. This innovative project will use high-resolution chronosequences (sites with soils of varying age, 0-160 […]

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Mitigating the impacts of intensive agriculture on lowland organic soils

Supervisor: Christopher Evans Registered: Bangor University Based: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology This studentship will address one of the most pressing global environmental challenges, namely how to maintain food supplies to a growing human population without triggering irreparable damage to the earth’s ecosystems and climate. It will focus on the most important terrestrial carbon store, […]

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STARS at envEXPO2017

Following on from the STARS Innovation event in February, 3 STARS students: Lewis Rose, Dan Evans and Mihai Cimpoiasu, ventured to envEXPO in Norwich ready to put their networking skills into practice and further develop innovative skills around their PhD studies. Here Lewis offers his account of the event: The recent envEXPO conference at the […]

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Soil macronutrient cycles beneath our feet: predicting how soil carbon and nitrogen manipulation regulates phosphorus cycling for environmental benefits

Supervisor: Marc Stutter Registered: Lancaster University Based: James Hutton Institute and Lancaster University Scientific developments are needed to unite global goals of improving soil quality and enhancing soil phosphorus efficiency. Organic matter cycles of the major nutrients P, N and C are both regulating, and regulated by, soil microbial and chemical processes. We see this […]

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Ordnance Survey Blog

STARS student Emily Dowdeswell from Cranfield is thoroughly enjoying her Innovation Policy Placement within the Chief Scientist’s Office, Defra. Emily recently travelled to the Ordnance Survey, where she had a chance to explore the breadth of data acquisition and applications used by the OS. This serves a wide range of purposes: from environmental monitoring to […]

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STARS at Defra

The New Year has brought new challenges for STARS students Emily Dowdeswell and Jasmine Burr-Hersey who have both begun their STARS Innovation Policy Placements with Defra in London. Emily began in January and is having an enjoyable and busy time working within the Chief Scientific Advisers Office, having visited the Met Office and the Ordnance […]

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Placement Success

Following on from the success of the STARS innovation policy placement interviews, three STARS students Emily Dowdeswell (Cranfield) Jasmine Burr-Hersey (Nottingham) and Hannah Cooper (Nottingham) have secured positions within Government. These placements will each last a duration of three months, during which time the students will be positioned at the heart of policy, applying knowledge […]

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Report from Tenerife

Cohort 1 kicked off 2017 by embarking on their first international field trip, to Tenerife this January. The 8 day trip was led by Davey Jones and Dave Chadwick from Bangor University who were enthusiastically accompanied by Phil Haygarth and Emma Sayer from Lancaster University. The week aimed to broaden the cohort’s knowledge of soils […]

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