University of Aberdeen Researchers from the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences held an exhibit at the NERC Unearthed event at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 17th – 20th November 2017. The theme of our stall focused on soil health and food security in tropical regions. We wanted to show how what we eat affects the world and how our research may tackle these issues.
Some photos from our exhibit are shown below:
Thank you to all our volunteers and visitors for a successful day!
The ECOFOR end of project meeting is planned for 29th November – 1st December 2017. It will take place in the beautiful location of Alter do Chao (Santarem, Para). Two intense days of talks and discussion are planned, followed by a field visit on the 1st of December and then some additional meetings related to continuing research projects in the Santarem area (PELD, Bio-Red, etc.).
LOMBOK researchers Eleanor Slade and Sarah Luke will present at the Sabah World Rivers Day conference in Kota Kinabalu where they will give a plenary session about the successful collaboration between scientists and policy makers in informing Sabah’s riparian guidelines.
Sabah State World River World Exhibition 2017
Date: 19 – 20 September 2017
Time: 8.00 AM – 5.30 PM
Location: CPS Magellan Sutera, Sutera Habour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Part-time Data Manager for NERC Human Modified Tropical Forests Programme
School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford
Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a. (pro rata)
Applications are invited for a part-time (50% FTE) Data Manager position. The work will involve metadata compilation, data description and compilation and archiving of data from across the Human Modified Tropical Forests (HMTF) programme. The HMTF programme is a NERC-funded programme dedicated to exploring the interactions between forest modification and biodiversity and ecosystem function and involves a collaboration across UK Universities and Research Institutes involving research programmes BALI, LOMBOK and ECOFOR conducting research in specific landscapes in Brazil and Malaysia, with collaboration with partner organisations in those countries.
The position will primarily involve supporting the substantive need for data collation, description, organisation and archiving across this ambitious programme. The successful candidate will have a degree (or equivalent experience) with good organisational and data archiving skills and understanding of how to handle scientific and geographical data. You will need good collaboration and interaction skills and be able to deliver to key deadlines. Experience in database programming is not required, but ability to manipulate and handle existing databases is essential. An interest in ecological datasets and questions is also desirable.
This is a fixed-term post until 14 April 2019 in the first instance.
The work is focused on tropical forest succession in the central Amazon and involves scaling up from plots to LiDAR and to satellite remote sensing.
The position will suit an enthusiastic PhD candidate willing to learn remote sensing, tropical ecology and statistical modelling simulations. As well as a NERC studentship, the successful applicant will be supported by resources from linked research projects, enabling a much broader set of data collection than would normally be possible in a PhD.
The successful applicant will develop skills allowing them to undertake numerical simulations and mapping of land-use processes; evaluate the recovery of secondary forest across the Brazilian Amazon; and produce innovative methodologies to combine remote sensing with forest plots.