House of Commons inquiry into soil health - the Cinderella of natural resources

Professor Bridget Emmett is the lead for Soil research at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. She was appointed as the specialist adviser to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Inquiry on Soil Health which ran from March to May 2016. Her role was to provide assistance and feedback to the Committee team in its preparation of background briefs and the inquiry report, and provide general ad hoc advice to the Committee and its staff on matters relating to the inquiry. Bridget explains more about the inquiry below:

Sharing an enthusiasm for citizen science (and ladybirds) across the world

Chile has incredible appeal for ecologists. The Andes extend alongside the eastern edge of Chile and essentially render it isolated from the rest of South America. Not surprisingly the landscapes of this long and narrow country are extremely diverse and the biodiversity even more so. The species list for Chile includes around 31,000 species and about 37% of these are endemic. Justifiably Chile is considered a global biodiversity hotspot.

Understanding the ecological impact of major fire in Chernobyl’s ‘Red Forest’

Professor Nick Beresford, a radioecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, is currently leading an international team of scientists to understand the ecological impact of a recent major forest fire near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. He explains more:

The National Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded an urgency grant for the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) to lead a team studying the effects of a major fire which affected an area known as the ‘Red Forest’ near Chernobyl.

Valuing the nature of the Somerset Levels and Moors for the future

Prof Mike Acreman, Natural Capital Science Area Lead at CEH, outlines the history and some of the issues affecting the Somerset Levels and Moors...

The Somerset Levels and Moors are the UK’s largest wetland area at over 650 km2, known globally for their iconic pastoral farming landscape, spectacular birdlife and significant archaeological remains. Such characteristics make the area an attractive place to live, work and bring up children.


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