Biosphere & Ecology

Applications are still being accepted with full funding available

**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Anthropogenic effects on a tri-trophic interaction: foxes, rabbits and their parasites
Dr. Matt Bell, Dr. Amy Pedersen (University of Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences)
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**NERC E3 Competative Funding** Adaptation to fire and the consequences for plant evolution and global change
Dr. Kyle Dexter, Dr. Caroline Lehmann, Dr. Casey Ryan (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Understanding Climatic Adaptation Along Tropical Altitudinal Gradients
Dr. Kyle Dexter, Prof. Patrick Meir (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Yadvinder Malhi (Oxford University), Prof. Miles Silman (Wake Forest University)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding with CASE support** Do biogenic volatile organic compound (bVOC) emissions vary from different tree species in short-rotation forest (SRF) ecosystems?
Dr. Julia Drewer (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Dr. Mathew Heal (University of Edinburgh), Dr. James Morison (Forest Research, Forestry Commission)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Microbial processes inside glaciers: Implications for biogeochemistry and climate change
Prof. Andy Dugmore (UoE GeoSciences) Prof. Charles Cockell (UoE Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Anthony Newton (UoE GeoSciences)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Vegetation and nutrient dynamics in a warming Arctic
Dr Richard Essery, Dr. Isla Myers-Smith,(University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences), Dr. Helen Kettle (University of Edinburgh, Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Oilseed rape and pollinators: the impact of variety on resource availability and pollination resilience
Dr. Andy Evans (SRUC), Dr. Gail Jackson (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr. Lorna Cole (SRUC)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Development of novel analytical and molecular techniques for the investigation of finfish aquaculture impacts and the validation of the classic depositional model “DEPOMOD”.
Prof. Angela Hatton (Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS)), Dr Andy Mcleod (University of Edinburgh) & Dr Thom Nickell (Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS))
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** The effect of episodic drought stress on cereal aphid populations
Dr. Gail Jackson, (University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences, Dr. Andy Evans (SRUC)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** The effects of drought stress on forest tree aphid populations
Dr. Gail Jackson (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences), Dr. Andy Evans (SRUC, Crop and Soil Systems)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Evolutionary Genomics of Chlamydomonas
Prof. Peter Keightley, Dr. Nick Colegrave (University of Edinburgh)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** ‘Green Plastics’ in the ‘Big Blue’: a microbiological and chemical investigation of the impact degradation of biodegradable plastics has on the ocean
Dr Ray J G Leakey (Director of Studies; Scottish Association for Marine Science – SAMS). Dr Michael P Shaver,(University of Edinburgh), Dr. David H. Green (Scottish Association for Marine Science – SAMS).
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding**Cryptic Asian savannas: Where were they? Where are they now?
Dr. Caroline Lehmann (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences), Dr. Catherine Parr (University of Liverpool), Dr. Jayashree Ratnam (National Centre for Biological Sciences, India)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Does soil microbial diversity and function alter with vegetation across the biomes of Brazil?
Dr. Caroline Lehmann, Prof Patrick Meir, Dr. Andrew Nottingham (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences), Dr. Andrew Free (University of Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences) Rafael Oliviera (UNICAMP, Brazil)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Species distributions in a changing world: statistical tools for dynamic species distribution modelling
Glenn Marion (BIOSS); Antje Ahrends (RBGE); Caroline Lehmann (UoE)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Assessment of the extent of agricultural cultivation ridges of the Western Isles and North-west of Scotland
Prof. Davy McCracken, Dr. Deirdre Wilson, Dr. Barbra Harvie, Dr Jennifer Carfrae (Crop and Soil Research Group, Scotland’s Rural College), Dr.Caroline Nichol (University of Edinburgh)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Impact of ultraviolet radiation on nitrous oxide emissions from natural and agricultural vegetation
Dr Andy McLeod (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences), Dr Julia Drewer, Prof Ute Skiba (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** How will climate warming affect tropical forest trees & plant-soil interactions?
Prof. Patrick Meir, Dr. Andrew Nottingham (University of Edinburgh) Drs. B. Turner/J. Wright/K. Winter (Collaborators – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Novel species-level biome mapping to improve aboveground biomass estimates for South America
Dr. Ed Mitchard, Prof. Patrick Meir, (University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences) Caroline Lehmann (RGBE), Dr. Tiina Sarkinen (RBGE)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding* Global trends in savanna tree cover: where are hotspots of change?
Dr. Edward Mitchard, Dr. Caroline Lehmann, Mentor Iain Woodhouse (University of Edinburgh)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Linking ecosystem services and human wellbeing in Scotland
Prof. Dominica Moran (SRUC), Dr Peter Alexander (University of Edinburgh)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Microbiological strategies for agronomic bio-fortification of crops for micronutrient acquisition
Dr. Bryne T. Ngwenya (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Stephen P. Hoad (Scottish Rural College), Gbotemia Adediran, Dr. Kate Heal (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Fred Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source Limited)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding with CASE support** Afforestation GHG balance for N-fixing trees: a positive land use benefit?
Dr. Mike Perks, Dr. Georgios Xenakis and Niall McNamara (Forest Research) Dr. Julia Drewer (CEH) & Prof. Maurizio Mencuccini (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding with CASE support** Understanding uncertainty in ecosystem service accounting and monitoring
Dr Casey Ryan, Geosciences, University of Edinburgh Dr Janet Fisher, Geosciences, University of Edinburgh Dr Ina Porras, Sustainable Markets Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Biochar and forestry – a context driven assessment
Dr Saran Sohi (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Mike Perks (Forestry Research, Forestry Commission)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** New approaches for molecular characterisation of humic substances
Dr. Du¨an Uhrín, Dr. Margaret Graham (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Arctic responses to global change: how will shifts in climate and nutrient cycling restructure tundra ecosystems?
Prof. Mathew Williams (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences), Dr. Isla Myers-Smith (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences)
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**NERC E3 Competitive Funding** Carbon cycling in African and Australian woodlands – interactions between climate, biodiversity and disturbance
Dr. Mathew Williams, Dr. Casey Ryan, Dr. Caroline Lehmann (University of Edinburgh, School of GeoScience)
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