MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York (2011)
BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Sheffield (2010)
Supervisors: Prof. Phil Wookey (University of Sheffield), Dr Jens-Arne Subke (University of Stirling)
Start Date: 1st October 2011
I am interested in the rapidly changing face of the arctic and subarctic. As northern biomes warm, trees and shrubs are expanding up mountains and northwards. I am investigating what this means for the large stocks of carbon in northern tundra heaths and to what extent they will release carbon as a result of vegetation change.
Plant- soil interactions in a greening Arctic
My project focuses on the ecological mechanisms by which the expansion shrubs and trees in the forest- heath ecotone results in net loss of carbon from the ecosystem and into the atmosphere. I work in Swedish Lapland at Abisko Scientific Research Station where the sharp transitions between forest and heath represent a perfect study system to compare different plant-soil interactions. Using experimental manipulation and space for time methods along vegetation transitions, I am testing three broad key hypotheses:
Parker TC (2013) Plant-soil interactions in a greening Arctic: Implications of shrub expansion. Stirling Biological and Environmental Sciences Postgraduate Symposium: 1st prize.
Parker TC (2012) Plant-soil interactions in a greening Arctic: Implications of shrub expansion. Invited Speaker: UK polar Network Polar Symposium, University of Bangor.
SIBAE Training School on Stable Isotopes and Sampling Issues. Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (2011)