Soil microorganisms play critical roles in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. In this project, we'll characterise the diversity of soil bacteria, archaea, fungi and other microeukarya along a pH gradient from Rothamsted, UK. Soil pH strongly influences microbial diversity. The relationship between diversity and other attributes of community structure, however, are poorly understood. We'll investigate the effect of species loss on community structure. This work has ramifications for conservation of terrestrial biodiversity.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: experience in and knowledge of modern methods in plant and microbial sciences that may be applied to broader ecological fields as well as industry

Supervisors: Dr Paul Dennis

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