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Theresa Meacham; PhD Student
I am a fourth year PhD student at Edinburgh University, supervised by Mathew Williams (Edinburgh University), John Grace (Edinburgh University), Andreas Heinemeyer (York University) and Phil Ineson (York University). My research focuses on quantifying and understanding processes that control root dynamics and soil carbon fluxes across spatial and temporal scales. I am particularly interested in characterising the uncertainty of field measurements, spatial ecology, carbon allocation and coupling above and belowground ecological processes.
I am interested in environmental policy and will be working at the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre from September 2012 for three months, where I will be producing a briefing note for MSPs. In 2011 and 2009 I worked as a Science leader on expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon for the British Schools Exploring Society, an organisation that aims to advance the education of young people through challenging scientific expeditions in remote environments.
During my PhD I have been focussing on the following areas:
1. The spatial and seasonal variability of soil respiration and its drivers in a deciduous forest.
2. The error and uncertainty of root growth measurements in temperate forests.
3. Quantifying belowground carbon allocation in an oak stand, alongside associated uncertainties.
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