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PhD opportunity in Soil-Plant Interactions and Invasive Species Ecology

We have an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD aimed at understanding the role of soil microbes in facilitating plant invasions. Invasive plant species can affect the ecosystems they invade by altering soil microbial communities, potentially leading to feedbacks that cause long-term and irreversible changes to both plant and soil communities.

We are seeking a motivated candidate to undertake a PhD aimed at uncovering how plant-soil interactions drive invasions in grasslands. The successful candidate will work alongside other researchers studying


Quality not just quantity

Why stemming deforestation in the Amazon isn’t enough …

Most people would consider policies designed to conserve 80% forest cover in the Amazon to be a success story. However, these forests may lose up to 54% of their potential conservation value from human disturbances in modified landscapes and within the remaining forest. The IAE’s Professor Ralph Mac Nally and a team of international scientists are the first to measure the combined effect of landscape change and within-forest disturbances in tropical


Sustainable wildlife trade – can we do it?

International wildlife trade is a big deal. It’s estimated to be worth billions of dollars every year, and can threaten the survival of species around the world. We chatted to the IAE’s Professor Peter Bridgewater about his experience at the most recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier this month.

How does CITES work?

In the 1960’s there was growing concern about wildlife becoming extinct