Students – ACCE 1 – Cohort 5


Alexandra Burkitt University of York

Lead supervisor:

Alexander Ball University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Charles Wellman

Amy Lewis University of Sheffield

Researching mineral-organic matter interactions in basalt-amended soils. The project aims to quantify changes in the soil organic carbon sink associated with basalt amendment which could provide an additional carbon capture pathway and increase soil quality.
Research interests include experimental geochemistry, kinetic-rate determination, mineralogy, geochemical techniques (e.g. X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy) and soil processes.

Lead supervisor: Prof David Beerling

Project page: Enhancing the soil carbon sink: Towards characterising and quantifying new stabilisation methods

Catherine Finlayson University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Rob Freckleton

Donald Scott University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Rob Freckleton

Emma Cartledge University of Liverpool

I am interested in conservation ecology and genetics, particularly how we can minimise anthropogenic effects and recover populations of key species and biodiversity as a whole.

My research is focused on the hazel dormouse and its reintroduced populations, specifically what ecological factors may cause some reintroductions to be more successful than others. At the core of this, I am studying the reintroduced population in Cheshire, with my CASE partner the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Lead supervisor: Prof Paula Stockley

Project page: Conservation ecology of a reintroduced dormouse population

Francesca Quell University of Sheffield

I am a PhD student studying the macroecology of biological traits in marine ecosystems. I focus largely on benthic invertebrates within Western European seas, looking particularly at key traits which influence both ecological resilience and ecosystem service delivery.

Lead supervisor: Dr Tom Webb

George Day University of York

Lead supervisor: Dr Kathryn Arnold

Helen Davison University of Liverpool

Hello! I’m researching symbiosis in freshwater invertebrates.

Lead supervisor: Prof Greg Hurst

Joel Woon University of Liverpool

Lead supervisor: Prof Kate Parr

James Duckworth University of Liverpool

Red-throated Divers (RTD) have been identified in many studies as being extremely vulnerable to displacement by wind farms. As RTD are protected under EU law, planning permission of wind farms in certain areas has been blocked until the implications of displacement on this species can be quantified. I aim to use Bio-logging techniques to monitor RTD throughout their annual cycle to assess the energetic consequences of displacement. The understudied ecology of RTD also opens up many other avenues for novel results throughout the project.

I am based at University of Liverpool, with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) as my case partner. My field sites are: Southern Finland, Orkney, Shetland and Iceland.

Lead supervisor: Dr Jon Green

Project page: Red-throated Diver Movement and Energetics

Jake Pepper University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Jon Slate

Kelly Ross University of Liverpool

Lead supervisor: Dr Michael Berenbrink

Katherine Hearn University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Prof Roger Butlin

Katey Valentine University of York

Lead supervisor: Dr Karen Thorpe

Lauren Rawlins University of York

My main interests include examining the impacts of contemporary climate change on glaciated environments, glacial geomorphology, remote sensing and UAV photogrammetry. My PhD thesis will investigate the seasonal and annual evolution of surface meltwater (supraglacial) channels on the Greenland Ice Sheet via the use of remote sensing techniques and field-based observations. My Masters thesis investigated glacioseismic signals from seasonal mass balance changes at Vatnajokull, Iceland.

Lead supervisor: Dr David Rippin

Project page: The quantification of changes in supraglacial conditions on the Greenland Ice Sheet and implications for surface drainage development

Lucy McMahon University of York

Lead supervisor: Prof Roland Gehrels

Michael Lawson University of York

Lead supervisor: Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra

Poppy Jeffries University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Dr Jonathan Potts

Sophie Bennett University of Liverpool

Lead supervisor: Dr Francis Daunt (CEH)

Project page: Quantifying the effects of anthropogenic change on seabirds

Tom Travers University of Liverpool

I am interested in population dynamics, landscape-scale conservation and how these interact to affect the viability of species. My research investigates ways to improve how we plan conservation through the use of metapopulation modelling to ensure habitat networks continue to function in the long-term, with a particular focus on facilitating species range shifts in response to climate change.

Lead supervisor: Dr Jenny Hodgson

Thomas Lewis University of Sheffield

Lead supervisor: Dr Dylan Childs

Victoria Lloyd University of Sheffield

I am interested in the evolutionary development of structural colour in tropical butterflies.

Lead supervisor: Dr Nicola Nadeau

Project page: The evolutionary development of butterfly structural colour