Bjorn Robroek contact CV PhD in Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology (Wageningen University, the Netherlands; 2007) Ecological interest: I want to understand the role of plant community (functional) assembly on ecosystem processes –such as carbon and nutrient cycling. I am fascinated by plant controls on ecosystem processes, and how these are mediated through multitrophic interactions. If I would not be an ecologist, I would be: walking and running the Alps When not at work, I love: the outdoors. I am passionate about trail-running and camping, and love to read thrillers. Went to school/university in: Kerkrade & Landgraaf (NL), Utrecht (NL), Leeds (UK) and Lausanne (CH).
Aino Korrensalo PhD,visiting postdoctoral fellow, University of Eastern Finland From October 2018
THE RISING STARS aka graduate (PhD) students
Najam E Sahar (SPITFIRE DTP Eat in, or Eat out? The role of plant communities for microbial metabolic activity) Co-supervisors: Dr Marc Dumont (UoS, Biological Sciences / Co-financed by Länsstyrelsen i Jönköpings län, Sweden) Ecological interest: My research interest focuses on exploring the functional connection between plant species and below ground microbiome at a molecular level in order to understand the functional identity of peatland microbial communities and how these specific plant-microbe relationships can restore/rehabilitate the stability of the peat carbon stock. If I would not be an ecologist, I would be:a Photographer. When not at work, I love: cooking and baking. Went to university in:Quaid E Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan)
Harry Shepherd (SPITFIRE DTP Using plant-soil feedbacks to enhance ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation) Co-supervisors: Dr Jane Catford (Kings College London) and Dr Rob Griffith (CEH Wallingford) Ecological interest:I am keen to understand and explore the interactions between plants and soil, the feedback mechanisms that work between them and how we can use these to enhance restoration projects, conserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. If I would not be an ecologist, I would be: Travelling the world as a musician When not at work, I love: Watching football or a good film. Went to University in: Durham University (UK)
TBA (IfLS Plant-Microbe interactions in a changing climate) Co-supervisors: Prof Paul Hughes (UoS, Geography) and Prof Pete Langdon (UoS, Geography) Ecological interest: If I would not be an ecologist, I would be: When not at work, I love: Went to University in:
Samantha Sharp Ecological interest: With an ever growing population, the demand for (good) food is putting pressure on our agricultural system. I would love to help finding solution using plant-insect interactions as a tool to secure our future food. A-levels in: Biology, Chemistry and Theatre Studies My dream job would be:To become a female David Attenborough When not at Uni, I love: Nature photography and acting.
Maia Sherwood-Rogers Ecological interest:invasive species, global biodiversity patterns and response to anthropogenic stressors (particularly corals & cetaceans) A-levels in:Biology, Chemistry, Geography My dream job would be:Documentary producer/ travel videographer When not at Uni, I love:producing short environmental documentaries and other tv related media (I won a national award for my documentary about pollution in Southampton!).
Joshua Gerrard Ecological interest: A-levels in: My dream job would be: When not at Uni, I love:
Bethany Goodman Ecological interest: A-levels in: My dream job would be: When not at Uni, I love: