Ecology, Evolution and the Environment Research
Ecology, Evolution and the Environment is one of the two independent research areas within the School of Biological and Earth Sciences. The staff profiled here include some of the University’s most prolifically published and high-profile researchers. This is demonstrated by the fact that the research staff have been published in numerous esteemed journals, such as Nature, Molecular Ecology, Global Change Biology and the American Naturalist.
The School has three inter-related research themes, addressing subjects concerning the advancement of ecological, environmental and evolutionary knowledge.
‘Pollution Ecology’ addresses environmental change and sustainability, perhaps the two most pressing biological issues in the modern world. One research topic looks at the possibilities for regeneration of post-industrial land into valuable greenfield land, whilst the other subject explores the workings of glacial ecosystems, and how global warming is affecting these delicate ecological areas.
‘Ecological and Evolutionary Components of Biodiversity’ combines several different projects, all of which focus on the relationship between organisms and their environment. In particular, the research considers how the evolutionary history of various species has been affected by geography, necessity and chance.
‘Species Interactions’ research examines how every species on Earth is reliant on others. This research examines the evolution of poisons in mushrooms and the development of odour detection in insects, and analyses how both species have used these mechanisms to their advantage.