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Olivia Lawrenson

Research Experience Placements – REPs

Having recognised the shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into Environmental science, NERC are funding Research Experience Placements (REPs) over the summer for undergraduates studying degrees outside NERC’s remit (EG mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, & physics). It gives undergraduates the opportunity to spend between 8 and 10 weeks working in an area of environmental […]

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The 2016 Research Experience Placements

Estimating the contribution of root exudation to C storage in temperate agricultural soil Project objectives: The project aimed to give the student an experience of working in the environmental and soil science sector to highlight the dynamic and complex nature of carbon research, and the importance of this type of research in the context of […]

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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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