Recent ECRC Research Funding successes
From Northern Ireland and Norfolk to Belize
Carl Sayer, Helen Bennion and Environmental Change Research Centre old-boys Tom Davidson and Jorge Salgado, along with Beth Okamura (Natural History Museum) and Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), have gained funding under the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS) programme.
The 2-year project, Dispersal and biodiversity impacts on community assembly and ecosystem services in shallow lake landscapes, will study lakes in the Upper Lough Erne lakes in Northern Ireland and the Norfolk Broads to assess the role of connectivity in preserving aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Carl Sayer and Murray Thompson were also awarded a 1 year NERC Urgency Grant, with Guy Woodward and Thomas Bell (Imperial College), Alex Dumbrell (Essex) and Mark Trimmer (Queen Mary UL), to study natural recovery (now assisted by invertebrate translocation) following a pesticide spill on the River Kennet.
For more information, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-23177777 and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24141351
Simon in Belize
Simon Turner has been in Belize during the summer funded by The Leverhulme Trust to investigate the role of past human activity in structuring the modern coastal landscape and soils. The multidisciplinary and cross-departmental project (PI: Prof. Elizabeth Graham, UCL Archaeology) will run for the next 18 months analysing sediments, soils and artefacts collected during fieldwork.
See Simon’s account of his experiences at: http://blog.geog.ucl.ac.uk/