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Q1: Why is doing field work like baking a cake?

A university field-course when students are in different places.

Q2: What do you do if you are a school of biological sciences which prides itself on the range of field courses on offer and a pandemic strikes and all group activities have to stop? We’re certainly not alone in struggling…

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Saving salmon-mitigating the impacts of renewable energy

“What are you going to do after your PhD?”

We face difficult questions in our research. There’s another difficult question—well for me anyway—was “what are you going to do afterwards?”. Maybe I found it hard because I’d given up a job for my PhD. And of course, Covid-19 certainly didn’t…

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Bioenergy from Miscanthus

I model projections of bioenergy crop yield and energy, carbon capture, and environmental impacts, and in the last year myself and Astley Hastings have published three papers on Miscanthus x giganteus as a bioenergy crop. What I have discovered is that in England miscanthus is a robust bioenergy crop against…

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In the Heat of the Heather

When I mention that my PhD is in wildfire ecology, most people immediately ask if I study the fires in Australia or California. I am often met with surprise when I reply that I study Scottish wildfires and that there are in fact plenty of wildfires here. While these fires…

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