Grant winners

March 18, 2010

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Award winner: G. Van Keulen

Institution: Swansea University

Value: £46,388

Proteomic profiling: a novel approach to understanding the biological causes of soil hydrophobicity

Award winner: E. Bailey

Institution: University of Nottingham[QQ] Value: £47,163

Iodine transformations and dynamics in soils

Award winner: F.R. Cottier

Institution: Scottish Association for Marine Science

Value: £62,631

Pan-Arctic acoustic archives: quantifying zooplankton behaviours in a changing Arctic

Award winner: K.H. Roucoux

Institution: University of Leeds

Value: £59,268

Long-term forest dynamics in Peruvian Amazonia

Award winner: C.F.E. Bacles

Institution: University of Stirling

Value: £57,573

Restoration genetics of degraded forest landscapes: land management and evolution of reproductive strategies in keystone tree species

Award winner: D. Johnson

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Value: £41,758

Contribution of plant intraspecific diversity to carbon turnover in grassland

Award winner: J.T.P. Copley

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £29,093

Biogeography and ecology of the first known deep-sea hydrothermal vent site on the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

Award winner: J. Wiedenmann

Institution: University of Southampton

Value: £22,060

Host pigments of hermatypic corals as indicators of environmental stress in reef communities

Award winner: M.E. Viney

Institution: University of Bristol

Value: £36,712

The genetic basis of host resistance/susceptibility to parasite infection in a wild vertebrate population: a pilot study

Award winner: Y. Teh

Institution: University of St Andrews

Value: £65,205

Quantifying event-driven methane fluxes from northern peatlands using a novel automated flux-chamber technique

Award winner: P. Eggleton

Institution: Natural History Museum

Value: £41,538

How important is the ant-termite interaction in African rainforests?

Award winner: A.D. Marca

Institution: University of East Anglia

Value: £56,547

Atmospheric carbon partitioning using 13O18O16O composition of CO2

Award winner: M. Trimmer

Institution: Queen Mary, University of London

Value: £46,550

Methane as a novel energy subsidy in rivers: old or new carbon?

Award winner: G.K. Phoenix

Institution: University of Sheffield

Value: £29,125

Resource partitioning for phosphorus (P) in a P-limited plant community: preference for different soil P sources among co-occurring species

Award winner: W. Dubbin

Institution: Natural History Museum

Value: £59,851

Adsorption of humic acid to interlamellar surfaces of montmorillonite

Award winner: M.G. Ritchie

Institution: University of St Andrews

Value: £26,234

Genome-wide associations with song variation in a natural population of Drosophila melanogaster

Award winner: W. Otten

Institution: University of Abertay Dundee

Value: £48,656

Integrating physical and chemical techniques to characterise soil microsites

Award winner: D. Mauquoy

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Value: £25,250

An evaluation of plant wax markers to reconstruct long-term vegetation change in peat-bog deposits

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Award winner: N.B. Metcalfe

Institution: University of Glasgow

Value: £37,089

Does poor maternal condition reduce early offspring performance in the wild?

This study will look at Atlantic salmon species to investigate whether a decline in the average maternal condition of the wild fish population is affecting the ability of its offspring to cope in harsher environments. Recent increases in the winter sea's surface temperature have resulted in a decline in the mean fat content of female salmon returning to Scottish rivers to spawn. Professor Metcalfe and his team will seek to relate the condition of the female salmon to the eggs she produces while looking at the survival rates of her fry.

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