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Biological Sciences

Research project: Ecosystem Canaries: biodiversity measures as early warning signals

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Developing methods to identify early warning signals of a critical transition in lake eutrophication.

Project Overview

This pilot study is exploring ways to identify early warning signals of a critical transition in lake eutrophication, from analysis of community composition. Previous work has shown how the diatom community in a lake can start to lose stability at least 10 years before it tips suddenly and irreversibly into a eutrophic state (Wang, R. et al. 2012 Nature). This project will analyse changes in the structure of the community and the interactions between species that may precede the loss of stability.

The work is funded by an EPSRC Bridging the Gap grant (October 2012 to January 2013).

Related projects: Simulation modelling of habitat permeability for mammalian wildlife (Computational Modelling Group)

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Environmental Biosciences

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