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jUNE 2017

jUNE 2017

Job: A great opportunity has arise to work as within Oxford Plant Sciences as a Research Technician working on the long-term experiment RainDrop. Find out more here...

 
jUNE 2017

jUNE 2017

Blog: Student Rowan Davis reflects on his undergraduate research project at RainDrop. Read his blog here.

 
June 2017

June 2017

We are hiring: Join the ECT as a paid intern, working two days a week for six months. Are you a graduate looking for work or a mature student looking for part-time work? Join us and help communicate the value of long-term experiments. Find out more here. 

 
June 2017

June 2017

News from the ECT: To read our latest news and updates, download our June 2017 newsletter.

 
May 2017

May 2017

Blog: Dr Richard Payne (University of York), writes about the long-term experiment he works on in Wales and the importance of bog research. Read Richard's blog here.

 
March 2017

March 2017

Grants: The Lena Ward plots on Astone Rowant Nature Reserve was recently awarded a grant of £2000 to facilitate the upgrade of fencing around plots. Jessica Bays the ECT Engagement Officer joined volunteers on site, read her blog here.

 
February 2017

February 2017

Conference: Committee on Air Pollution Effect Research (CAPER) 2017. 10-12 April, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University. Further information can be found here.

 
DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2016

News from the ECT: To read our latest news and updates, download our December 2016 newsletter here.

 
DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2016

Win £100: To coincide with attending the BES Annual Meeting, we are hosting a PhD student and Early Career Researcher competition. Sponsored by Global Change Biology and Oxford University Press, top prize is £100. Find out more here...

 
November 2016

November 2016

Publication: An article has been published recently in 'Advances in Ecological Research' highlighting the contribution of the Rothamsted's Long-term Experiments (LTEs), Sample Archive and Insect Survey to ecological research. It concludes that the LTEs, Sample Archive and insect collection continue to be as valuable today as when they originally began.

 
NOVEMBER 2016

NOVEMBER 2016

News: A recent article on the BBC Science & Environment webpages focused Rothamsted Research's commitment to making complex data from long-term experiments accessible and useable. Rothamsted is a member of the GODAN Initiative, and works to help promote the sharing of open data, making information about  agriculture and nutrition freely available. 

 
September 2016

September 2016

Publication:  A Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators, was issued to celebrate 20 years of of detailed site-based monitoring and showcasing a range of research using Environmental Change Network data and sites.

 
September 2016

September 2016

Conference: Sustainable Intensification, 28-30 November 2017. Organised by Association of Applied Biologists and the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP), this conference will address the challenge of sustainable intensification, the outcomes of the DEFRA funded SIP and other relevant research. Deadline for papers - 11 December. 

 
September 2016

September 2016

Paper: 'Longer growing seasons shift grassland vegetation towards more-productive species'. Fridley et al., 2016. Nature Climate Change. Analysis of 21 plant species coexisting on BCCIL plots, reveals a strong association between functional traits and temperature regime. Click here to read Syracuse University's blog post on the article. 

 
aUGUST 2016

aUGUST 2016

Paper: 'Ecological restoration: Soil microbes call the shots'. Marrs (2016). Nature Plants. Letter looking at the use of soil microbes in ecological restoration, and how they can help ‘design’ new target communities more subtly. 

 
aUGUST 2016

aUGUST 2016

Floodplain Meadow Partnership conducted their regular fritillary count and survey of the water-management trial plots at North Meadow, Cricklade in Spring. Monitoring is going strong and now in its 18th year the fritillary count attracted over thirty volunteers and was showcased by BBC1's Countryfile programme.

 
August 2016

August 2016

 

Blog: Want to keep up-to-date with the initiation of a new long-term experiment investigating the effects of future climate change? Read on to hear about the development of a collaborative project between the Open University, Oxford Plant Sciences and the ECT... 

 

JULY 2016

JULY 2016

Paper: 'Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels.' Thackeray et al., (2016). Nature. Analysis of 10,003 long-term phenological data sets,  including data from the Rothamsted Insect Survey, reveals that secondary consumers have consistently lower climate sensitivity than other groups.

 

JUNE 2016

JUNE 2016

Paper: 'Long-term changes in the tree and shrub layers of a British nature reserve and their relevance for woodland conservation management'. Kirby et al., (2016). Journal for Nature Conservation, 31, 51-60. Click here for further information.

 

mAY 2016. iMAGE COURTESY of Rothamsted research

mAY 2016. iMAGE COURTESY of Rothamsted research

Event: To celebrate Park Grass turning 160,  Rothamsted Research invites you to ‘160 years of Park Grass'. This free public event takes place on Tuesday 17th May, 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Click here to find out more.

 

 

Grants: We provide grants of up to £1000 to researchers who work on LTEs on our register. Click here to find out more.

 

 
 
march 2016

march 2016

How to strengthen links between research and farming: Rothamsted Research North Wyke and Duchy College Rural Business School hosted their first Advisory Group Meeting in February, with key representatives from the research and farming communities.

 

PhD Position: How long does it take for recovery of soil ecosystem functions from excess nitrogen deposition? Deadline:Thursday, March 31, 2016. Read more...

 

 

Blog post:  50 years of change in the Sheffield region, by Dr Carly Stevens. 

In 1965 an extensive survey of vegetation was carried out in and around the Peak District National Park. Although the majority of people won’t know anything about it... Read more...

 

Paper: Grassland biodiversity bounces back from long-term nitrogen addition. J. Storkey et al., (2015).  Nature 528, 401–404.

The negative effect of increasing atmospheric nitrogen (N) pollution on grassland biodiversity is now incontrovertible. However, the recent introduction of cleaner technologies in the UK has... Read on...