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Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group

Multi-disciplinary research with a long time-scale perspective

The major research theme of the EECRG is to study how, and why, natural ecosystems change over space and time. Our primary goal is to 'reconstruct the past, study the present, and model the future' and to study, quantify, and understand the natural variability of ecosystems and the multi-layered impact of human activity.

We use a wide range or research methods, including field and laboratory experiments, ecological surveys, biogeographical approaches, palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology, and we analyse our data using quantitative and qualitative methods, predictive modelling, and spatial approaches.

Our research forms links between 'pure' and 'applied' science and it has relevance for biodiversity science, nature conservation and environmental concerns.

News

Matrix PhD graduation

Dr Perpetra Akite was awarded her doctoral degree at a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on 21 February 2017.

Meltzer Award

Alistair Seddon wins Meltzer Award for Young Researchers

The Meltzer Award was given to Alistair in recognition of his outstanding academic record in terms of degrees, prizes, research grant, innovative research projects, broad research experience, and international publications.

Masters Studies with EECRG

We have a number of interesting projects for Masters students to get involved with and provide good support and academic and social meetings to participate in.

Climate-related research

Humans are putting increasing pressures on the world's ecosystems. We are already seeing strong impacts of habitat loss and changes in nutrient cycling whereas climate change is likely to have increasingly strong impacts during the next century. These current trends can only be understood with...

Biodiversity-related research

One of the fundamental goals of ecology is to uncover the processes controlling the patterns of diversity and abundance that we observe in nature. How does diversity emerge, and how is it maintained? The EECRG seeks to develop empirical approaches that test and quantify the relative importance of...