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Research Students

Emma (Bea) Burak

Project: Do root traits affects a plant’s ability to alter soil erosion?
Based: Lancaster University and University of Nottingham

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Jasmine Burr-Hersey

Project: Breaking new ground: novel the remediation and conditioning of soil
Based: University of Nottingham and James Hutton Institute (Dundee)

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Hannah Cooper

Project: Can zero tillage mitigate change?
Based: University of Nottingham

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Beckie Draper

Project: Dynamics of metal nanoparticles in soil environments
Based: University of Nottingham and British Geological Survey (Keyworth)

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Paul B.L. George

Project: Functional roles of belowground biodiversity on a national-scale: the importance of soil microbes and invertebrates across Wales
Based: Bangor University and CEH

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Maria McMahon

Project: Quantitative separation of belowground carbon fluxes
Based: Bangor University

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Malika Mezeli

Project: In-soil trophic interactions plants, rhizosphere bacteria and nematodes: availability of soil phosphoroous
Based: Lancaster University and James Hutton Institute (Dundee)

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Fiona Seaton

Project: How do we account for soil biodiversity and change to assess soil condition for the delivery of ecosystem services?
Based: Bangor University and CEH

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Heather Ruscoe

Project: Rhizosphere bacteria promote sustainable crop growth.
Based: Rothamstead research and Lancaster University

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James Edgerley

Project:Long-term climate change effects on soil microbial diversity and function.
Based: Lancaster University

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Elliot Hill

Project: Identification of key factors determining the outcome of competition for organic Nitrogen in the rhizosphere.
Based: Bangor University

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Emily Dowdeswell

Project: Feedback mechanisms on soil susceptibility to erosion processes in a changing climate.
Based: Cranfield University

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Alex D. Williams

Project: Antibiotic resistance on the farm: Evaluating the risks to soil, crop and human health
Based: University of Nottingham/James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen)

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Lewis Rose

Project: Variability of gas diffusion in soils: what can we learn from a naturally-occurring tracer?
Based: University of Nottingham / British Geological Survey

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Lucy Greenfield

Project: Widening the bottleneck of the terrestrial nitrogen cycle
Based: Bangor University

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Mihai Cimpoiasu

Project: Combining geoelectrical imaging and X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) for improved hydraulic characterisation of soils
Based: BGS/University of Nottingham 

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Daniel Evans

Project: New insights into soil formation, organic matter turnover and degradation of soils over long, decadal to millennial timescales

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Rosanne Broyd

Project: Snow cover regulation of alpine soil ecosystem carbon release

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Chris McCloskey

Project: Measuring and modelling plant-driven soil carbon dynamics

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Francis Parry Roberts

Project: Land use change and the effect on soil hydraulic function

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George Themisocleous

Project: Modelling plant variety dependent least limiting water range: assessing the limits to root elongation in field soil


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Sam Reynolds

Project: Antecedent effects of catch crops upon the cycling of phosphorus in agro-ecosystems and scavenging of plant-fixed phosphorus by the soil microbiome


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Staff

Professor Phil Haygarth

Director of STARS
Lancaster University

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Professor Davey Jones

Director of Training
Bangor University

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Olivia Lawrenson

STARS Administrator
Lancaster University

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Local Academic Leads

David Chadwick

Bangor University

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Andrew Tye

British Geological Survey

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David Robinson

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Guy Kirk

Cranfield University

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Eric Paterson

James Hutton Institute

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Emma Sayer

Lancaster University

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Steve McGrath

Rothamstead Research

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Sacha Mooney

University of Nottingham

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