Terrestrial ecology is the study of how land-based organisms interact with each other and their environment. This can include everything from the molecular makeup of soil to the migratory patterns of birds. Studies tend to focus, however, on the diversity, distribution, and population of species.

This research has many practical applications, particularly for natural resource management. Industries such as agriculture or forestry would collapse without knowledge of the life cycles of crops and soil nutrients. Understanding soil moisture is part of what allows managers to mitigate the impacts of droughts, and having a broader, long-term perspective on ecosystems is crucial for making conservation decisions.

CEH work on terrestrial ecology

Find out more about science areas on environmental monitoring and obervation, sustainable land management and soil science.

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Sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems - learning from innovative practitioners
Fieldwork on the PEATBOG project
Peat bogs 'tougher than we thought' but may still be vulnerable to rapid or extreme environmental change
Credit Swiss Tropical Institute courtesy of R Knechtli, Wellcome Images
CEH study among first to analyse and project impacts of policy-driven land use and climate change on continental-scale vector-borne diseases
Ed Tipping
Professor Ed Tipping praised for influencing and inspiring the work of environmental scientists around the world over the past 39 years

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