Many of our students go on to fight the global challenges of the 21st century.
Find out what some of them are doing now.
Student: Andriannah MBandi
Supervisors: Dr Dieter Schwela and Prof Lisa Emberson
Research: Andriannah's research focussed specifically on the contribution of road transport emissions to air pollution in Sub-Saharan African cities.
Now: Undertaking research related to transport emissions in Nairobi with SEI's Africa Centre and UN Environment
Follow her on Twitter: @AndriannahM
Student: Phoebe Morton
Supervisor: Dr Andreas Heinemeyer
Research: Effects of different types of heather management on peatland vegetation, carbon dynamics, greenhouse gas fluxes and water quality.
Now: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Ulster University
Phoebe worked on a Defra funded project (BD5104) looking at peatland management and ecosystem services in the UK. Through this work, she has gained a deep understanding of the management of upland areas and their importance for local industries. Her research included lab experiments to determine which peatland components (e.g. plant roots or fungi) have led to the observed increase in watercolour over recent years; water table manipulations to improve C calculations; and an assessment of the different managements on the nutritional value of heather and species composition.
Phoebe now has a position as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on a water project based in Northern Ireland (Ulster Univ).
Student: Stephanie Osborne
Supervisor: Prof Lisa Emberson and Dr Gina Mills (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH)
Research: Assessing Ozone impacts on crops in South Asia.
Steph's research project focussed on quantifying the effect which rising levels of ground-level ozone around the world are likely to have on the growth, physiology and yield of soybean and wheat.
Student: Chubamenla Jamir
Supervisor: Prof Lisa Emberson
Research: Assessing Ozone impacts on arable crops in South Asia.
Chuba's research investigated the impacts of the air pollutant ozone on key staple crops of South Asia (wheat, rice, soybean and potato) and found that yield losses of between 5 and 15% occurred frequently across the region. The study was also able to identify co-varying factors that contributed to risk including proximity to ozone precursor emission sources, local meteorology and crop physiology. This information was used to identify phenological traits (crop sowing dates and maturing periods) that might alter the sensitivity of new cultivars to ozone for use in informing future crop biotechnology efforts.
Chuba is now Assistant Professor at the Department for Natural Resources at TERI University, India.