Chief Executive, Sylva Foundation, Science Programme Lead
The UK’s trees and forests face unprecedented threats from environmental change, yet are essential in supporting resilient landscapes and sustainable society. The student will be supported by an environmental charity that collects science-based insights into sustainable forest management at national and international level, engaging with a network of many thousands of UK landowners. The DPhil project would be developed working closely with the student, and is likely to focus on ecosystem services, biotic interactions, or global environmental change, in relation to UK forests. Applied projects, whether laboratory, modelling or field-based, which seek to find practical solutions to issues facing landowners/managers are of particular interest. Examples of projects supported to date: development of evidence-based forestry; cord-forming fungi as ecosystem engineers, and ecological impacts of Chalara ash dieback.
Associated Research Streams
genetics, silviculture, ecology, resilience, forest