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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.

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ERC Success

Ulrike Herzschuh will be leading new research into glacial legacies on interglacial vegetation

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Honorary Doctor Kathy Willis

EECRG Professor II Emerita Kathy Willis from the University of Oxford and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew received an Honorary Doctorate (Æresdoktor) from the University of Bergen on 5 May 2017 in recognition of her many contributions to biodiversity research, long-term ecology, conservation, and resource...

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.

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...

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...

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