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Saving the common scoter with time-travelling mud

Hannah describes her research in The Guardian

Saving the common scoter with time-travelling mud

On 1st February, The Guardian Higher Education Network featured an article by Hannah Robson about her PhD research in UCL Geography on the mystery of the rare and disappearing common scoter in northern Scotland.

This has required her conversion from an entomological bug person to a cross-disciplinary bug + bird person. She needs to combine the expertise of freshwater ecology, entomology, ornithology and palaeolimnology to examine mud sediment cores.

Hannah is using radio-isotopic techniques to reconstruct the past hundred years of lake history, revealing what has been available for the birds to eat. This may offer a clue to scoter’s rapid decline over the past 20 years or so.

Her hope is that the common scoter will become truly common again in future!

See: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/feb/01/phd-save-endangered-species-common-scoter-bird-mud


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