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Mr Adham Ashton-Butt BSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Adham has been an ecologist since beginning his undergraduate degree in 2010. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from exploring food availability and preference in North sea, seabirds to soil fauna and function in oil palm.

Academic Qualifications

2010-2013: BSc in Environmental and Ecological Biology. Newcastle University, UK.

Research interests

I am interested in the interactions between the flora, fauna and abiotic environment that form an ecosystem and how anthropogenic disturbance can alter these interactions.

Land use change from forest habitats to Oil palm has been occurring rapidly and across vast acreages in the tropics over the last 50 years. It is important we understand the differences between forest and oil palm ecosystems and how they function. We also need to strive to maintain ecosystem health and functionality in oil palm to allow for improved and continued agricultural production without the need for additional deforestation.

My PhD project focusses on the biodiversity and function of oil palm and forest soils under different management and stand ages. I will also explore additional ecological questions about tropical soil food webs.

Supervisors: Kelvin Peh & Guy Poppy
PhD Research: Soil fauna diversity, function and food webs in oil palm and rain-forest
Funding: NERC

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Research project(s)

Rapid assessment of biodiversity and biogeochemical processing across tropical land-use gradients

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Mr Adham Ashton-Butt
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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