PhD Opportunity in Moorland Restoration

Posted on 14 October 2016

This project will provide much needed evidence for UK upland-management policy on benefits of blanket bog restoration in relation to reducing wildfire risk and impact.

UK upland peatlands store huge amounts of carbon and provide much of the UK’s drinking water. However, many are in a degraded state, partly due to drainage and fires, both managed and natural. To revert this degradation peatland restoration encourages rewetting and diversifying areas of single species dominance of high fire risk, particularly heather and purple-moor grass, with potentially huge environmental and economic consequences.

The student will work within one of the UK’s largest ever moorland restoration project, working directly with Moors for the Future Partnership staff, and liaise with other conservation organisations, Fire Operations Groups that cover the South Pennine Moors, and policymakers.

Full details available here.

Closing date for applications: Monday 9 January 2017.

York NERC ACCE Interview Day: Wednesday 16 February 2016