Melanie Stone

The Open University

Project

Resilience of calcareous grassland under climate change

Supervisors

David Gowing, Kadmiel Maseyk, Carly Stephens

PhD Summary

Investigations into how calcareous grasslands may respond to changes in rainfall regimes, as suggested by some climate change models.

What inspires you?

Being out in it, really – as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in the things we share our world with.

Previous Activity

Several years of fieldwork over the summer months, working on various projects for the RSPB and other conservation and ecological organisations. Mostly, spending my summers in fantastic places!

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I’m hoping to be able to make a positive contribution to the good management and conservation of calcareous grasslands. I’ve worked on the hills of Wessex and the Cotswolds for the last few years, and have developed a deep care and concern for their future and continuing richness.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

It was very much the subject under study that attracted me initially, but I like the idea of making good links with other researchers working across diverse project areas.

What are your future plans

Ideally, I’d like to return to having a practical contribution to understanding, recording and conservation of these grasslands.