Our new NERC-funded project officially begins today, with the appointment of Dr Greta Dargie as a PDRA at St Andrews. Greta will be leading field and lab data collection, initially working with colleagues at IIAP in Iquitos.
Greta has been in the news recently in relation to her pioneering work in mapping Congolese peatlands: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/12/congo-basin-swamps-peatlands-carbon-climate-change.
Dr Katy Roucoux, Prof Nina Laurie and Dr Lera Miles (WCMC Cambridge) have been awarded a NERC CASE studentship to start in 2018 on “Human impact in Amazonian peatlands”.
Application details will appear soon at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/gsd/opportunities/pg/phdfunding/.
Dr Katy Roucoux, together with Prof. Nina Laurie, has been awarded £29,981.88 for a new project, “Valuing Intact Tropical Peatlands”. The project will focus on understanding the ways in which the peatlands of the Pastaza-Marañón Basin, Peru, are used and valued by the communities who live around them. The project will run from January to May 2018.
A further radiocarbon allocation in support of Tom Kelly’s project, “Peatland development and sensitivity to climatic change at two sites in Amazonian Peru” (PI Ian Lawson), has been awarded. This is a NERC radiocarbon allocation, number 1747.1013, approximate value £6960.
Ian Lawson and Greta Dargie have received a NERC grant-in-kind, “Quantifying and understanding tropical peatland spatial distribution and carbon storage in Central Africa” (13 AMS dates), allocation number 1797.0414, approximate value £8320.
Ian Lawson and Greta Dargie have been awarded radiocarbon dates to support Greta’s project. The dating allocation, “Determining and explaining the spatial distribution and carbon storage of peats in the Congo Basin, Central Africa, is NERC allocation number 1688.0313, approximate value £5220.
Ian Lawson and Tom Kelly have been awarded further radiocarbon dates in support of Tom’s project. The application “Peatland development in Abandoned River Channels in the Peruvian Amazon” has been awarded NERC allocation number 1621.0312, approximate value £5200.
Ian Lawson, as co-I with Simon Lewis (PI), Sue Page (co-I) and Andy Baird (co-I), has been awarded a NERC CASE doctoral training grant that will pioneer peatland research in the Cuvette Centrale of the Congo Basin. The CASE partner is WCS Congo, represented by Paul Telfer.
Quantifying tropical peatland area and carbon storage in Central Africa is NERC CASE doctoral training grant NE/I018700/1, value £79,639.
Tom Kelly and Ian Lawson have been awarded a grant-in-kind from NERC for six radiocarbon dates in support of Tom’s project. The grant is worth £3480.
Graeme Swindles and Katy Roucoux have been awarded a research grant from the Royal Society. This is the first major grant to be leveraged from the initial NERC project. It will enable Graeme to join the team in Peru in July 2011 where he will be looking at testate amoebae.