Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolutionary Processes
The biological systems that are the life of the planet face unprecedented challenges from global environmental and societal change. Environmental scientists, working to detect, diagnose and understand the complex processes at work, will help to find the solutions to these challenges,
Researchers across the Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolutionary Processes stream are carrying out world-leading research into biological processes, systems and their interactions, at scales ranging from the organism to the population, and in spheres ranging from human health to natural ecosystems, over all timescales. Use the key words below to help you find DTP supervisors and their current ideas for studentship projects.
Key areas covered by this stream
Biodiversity AssessmentUsing a wide variety of tools to assess the diversity of genes, populations and species across space and time.
Biotic InteractionsThe processes involving interactions (e.g. predator-prey, mutualism) between organisms, their evolutionary consequences and impacts on ecosystem structure and functioning.
Conservation and Ecosystem ServicesSustaining biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in human-dominated landscapes and protected areas.
Global ChangeThe impacts of planetary-scale changes in the Earth system on biodiversity, ecosystem and evolutionary processes, and human societies at a variety of time scales.
Macro- and Micro-EvolutionThe origin of species, their evolution through time, and the processes controlling evolutionary dynamics.
Macroecology and BiogeographyCharacterising the relationships between biodiversity and environmental conditions in order to determine the factors underpinning species occurrence patterns at regional to global scales.
Macronutrient CyclingThe cycling and transport of nitrogen and phosphorus through the biosphere and interactions with the global carbon cycle.
OrganismsThe development and physiology of species, and their impacts on ecosystem processes.
Origins of LifePalaeobiological research into the earliest life on Earth and the links between biota, the lithosphere and atmosphere in deep time.
100 Associated Supervisors
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