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.
Only slightly further from the tropics than Leeds – and just as sunny! Katy and Ian have been welcomed into the Environmental Change Research Group, which is part of the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews.
Freddie has joined us at Leeds to study for a PhD, having just completed a BSc (Hons) in Ecology at Aberdeen. He co-organised an expedition to work on Peruvian forests as part of his BSc.
Freddie will be working under the supervision of Katy Roucoux, Tim Baker and Ian Lawson on the past and present vegetation and carbon dynamics of Peruvian peat swamps.
Tom will be studying the genesis of palm swamp/lake systems including Quistococha for his PhD.