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Multi-taxa functional diversity in UK plantation forests

Carried out by: Edge Hill University; Forest Research

Summary Description:

This project will determine functional diversity in UK plantation forests. The objectives are to (i) determine changes in species and functional diversity of three taxonomic groups (ground dwelling beetles, ground vegetation, birds) in a chronosequence over a 20 year period; (ii) assess resilience of these taxa to harvesting disturbances across bioclimatic zones and forest types, and, (iii) to determine how spider species and functional diversity are influenced by bioclimatic zone and plantation forest type across the chronosequence. Expected outcomes include long-term (20 years) and large scale (two bioclimatic zones) assessments of taxonomic and functional diversity in plantation forests using a multi-taxon approach. 

Timescale: Sept 2015-Dec 2019

SFT Funds Awarded: £42,535

SFT/FC Joint Bursary Award Scheme:. This project has received funding from the SFT/FC Joint Bursary Award.

This PhD project is due to begin shortly and a studentship vacancy announcement has just been made.  Details are available here. Further information from anne.oxbrough@edgehill.ac.uk

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