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Olivia Azevedo, PhD studentship, University of Stirling (2019-2022)
Forests are crucial for biodiversity and also provide numerous ecosystem services that enhance human welfare. However, when studying forests, often the complexity of life belowground either goes unnoticed or it is studied in isolation from its aboveground component. Compartmentalising the above and belowground portions of terrestrial ecosystems diminishes our understanding of the ecological processes arising from the connectivity between these producer and decomposer subsystems. Ultimately, the missing links in above-belowground interactions are critical if we are to make predictions about the regulation of ecosystem processes and their response to change at regional and global scales, and recommendations for sustainable future woodland creation.
This PhD project aims to address the following objectives:
For more information regarding this project, contact PhD student Olivia Azevedo. Olivia is supervised by Professor Kirsty Park, Dr Elisa Fuentes-Montemayor and Dr Clare Wilson at the University of Stirling and the WrEN Project, and Dr Elena Vanguelova, Dr Frank Ashwood, Dr Sietse van der Linde and Dr Kevin Watts at Forest Research.
Olivia Azevedo, PhD student at University of Stirling and Forest Research
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