PhD Opportunity: Above and below ground carbon stocks and biotic changes during rewilding

  • Deadline: 01/02/2023 5:00PM
  • Studentship code: RDS
  • Staff name: Dr Ambroise Baker
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  • Start date: Successful applicants will be expected to start May or October 2023.

This project will quantify changes in biodiversity, ecosystem function, carbon stocks and their interactions during the initial phases of rewilding. At the primary field site, some 66 experimental fixed plots are set up within formerly agricultural land comprising a variety of arable, improved, and natural grasslands. Rewilding was initiated in 2022, with the cessation of agricultural activities which will be followed by large herbivore re-introduction (eg hardy free-ranging cattle and pigs). The analysis will quantify ecosystem changes in time, against baseline data collected in 2021-2022, and enable an assessment of rewilding contribution notably to net-zero and nature recovery policies.

We anticipate the project to be a unique opportunity to work with a range of collaborators inside and outside academia. We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in combining biodiversity, microbiological and environmental science, to develop novel evidence contributing to the UN decade of ecosystem restoration.

  • Important Note: This fees-only PhD Studentship covers tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years, subject to satisfactory progress. This is not a fully-funded opportunity, unfortunately.

Applicants who are employed and their employer is interested in funding this PhD, can apply for a Collaborative Studentship.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and International students.