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Miss Magda Steele BSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Magda is a Postgraduate Research Student in the Plant Microbe Ecology laboratory at the University of Southampton.

Prior to starting her PhD, Magda has worked on the technical team of Meiosis Ltd which included the trialling, disease testing and intellectual property management of soft fruit varieties. During her time as technical assistant, Magda developed her interest in beneficial plant-microbe interactions and ecosystem services.

Combining her understanding of ecology and skills gained from working in horticultural sector Magda decided pursue an interdisciplinary postgraduate degree in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Geography and Environmental Science.

Career History

2016-2018: Technical Assistant at Meiosis Ltd.

Academic qualifications

2013-2016: BSc Ecology, University of East Anglia, UK.

Research interests

Magda is currently investigating the linkages between below and above ground peatland communities and relating these to the provision of ecosystem services, primarily carbon storage. Climatic variables can drive critical changes in community composition and associated ecosystem functioning however the extent of these is not yet fully understood. Using observations of present day peatlands, and palaeological data obtained from peat cores, Magda will meet this knowledge gap.

PhD supervisor: Dr Bjorn Robroek, Professor Paul Hughes, Professor Pete Langdon
PhD research: Plant-microbe interactions in a changing climate
Funding: University of Southampton Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Affiliate research groups

Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory at the University of Southampton (PLUS), Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS)

Research project(s)

Plant-Microbe interactions in a changing climate

British Ecological Society, Postgraduate Representative for the Peatland Special Interest Group

Quaternary Research Association, Student Member

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Module codeModule title
BIOL1001 Experimental and Field Biology
BIOL1004 Patterns of Life
BIOL2041 New Forest Field Course
ENVS1006 Environmental Science: Research and Applications

Membership of External Organisations

British Ecological Society, Postgraduate Representative for the Peatland Special Interest Group

BIOL1004 Patterns of Life

Miss Magda Steele
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 85/6041

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