Sarah-Jane Phelan
PhD student


Research projects

My work is looking at the effects of climate change on landscape evolution as mediated by plant community dynamics with my fieldwork to be carried out in a high-relief region in the Sichuan Province of China. The use of cosmogenic 10Be-based measurements of long term erosion will allow us to isolate the hypothesized effect of plant communities on catchment erosion and this relationship will be tested through the hypothesis that ‘a change in the functional diversity or seasonality of an ecological landscape (driven by climate change) will produce a synchronous change in landscape erosion’.

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