Maintaining a rainfall-runoff plot located on a grass-shrub ecotone at the Sevilleta USA. (© Kit Macleod)

PhD student wins US National Science Foundation supported award

Alan Puttock a PhD student from Geography has recently been awarded a $3500 Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) summer support award. This award, partially funded by the National Science Foundation, is intended to support postgraduate research at the Sevilleta, USA. In addition to a recent British Society for Geomorphology grant (£1k), this support will allow Alan to carry out an extended summer field campaign.

Alan Puttock, who is in the second year of his PhD, is supervised by Dr Richard Brazier, Dr Jennifer Dungait, Dr Kit Macleod and Dr Roland Bol. His research seeks to develop an understanding of vegetation change and fluvial carbon fluxes in semi-arid environments. These fluvial fluxes occur when intense summer rainfall results in runoff and erosion, with results suggesting, vegetation changes, occurring worldwide are having a significant impact due to changing ecohydrological interactions. Carrying out his fieldwork at an LTER site has the added benefit of allowing Alan to work with LTER scientists carrying out long term, large scale multidisciplinary research into carbon budgets and semi-arid vegetation transitions.

Date: 5 May 2011

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