Twelve early-career researchers have been awarded a total of £7.9 million through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Independent Research Fellowships (IRF).
NERC says the IRF scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists. Fellows receive five years of support, allowing them to focus on advancing their area of research, and are open to work in scientific disciplines within the remit of NERC, which includes: atmospheric physics and chemistry, climate and climate change, ecology, biodiversity and systematics, geosciences, marine environments, polar sciences, science-based archaeology, and terrestrial and freshwater environments.
Professor Peter Liss, Interim Executive Chair of NERC, said: “NERC Independent Research Fellowships support talented early career researchers to work independently and deliver cutting-edge environmental science.
“I’d like to offer my congratulations to all those who have been awarded a fellowship this year.
“Environmental research advances our understanding of the planet and is the key to tackling and adapting to critical challenges such as climate change. By investing in these fellowships, NERC is supporting innovation and sustainability in environmental science and developing leading researchers of the future.”
Dr Elizabeth Dingle, Durham University
Boulder 3D: sediment mobility in bedrock landscapes
Dr Fiona Simpson, Imperial College London
Electromagnetic Array Research over a Tectonic Hotspot (EARTH)
Dr Michael Ward Broadley, University of Manchester
Determining the origin and evolutionary history of volatiles on Earth
Dr Neil Hindley, University of Bath
Searching for Upper Atmospheric Waves at the Edge of Space (SURGE)
Dr Cornelia Klein, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
COntinental COnvective OrganisatioN and rainfall intensification in a warming world: Improving storm predictions from hours to decades (COCOON)
Dr Monika Markowska, Northumbria University
HYdroclimate Reconstruction in Arid eXtremes (HYRAX): understanding the mechanisms of global desertification
Dr Catherine Moody, University of Leeds
Quantifying the impact of restoration on peatland aquatic organic matter, microbial communities and greenhouse gas emissions
Dr Arthur Broadbent, University of Stirling
Synergistic global change impacts on belowground biodiversity and carbon stocks in mountain ecosystems
Dr Andrea Jennifer Dittus, University of Reading
Towards climate stabilisation: understanding changes in climate, climate variability, and impacts
Dr Sariqa Wagley, University of Exeter
Now you see them, now you don’t – tracking hidden dormant bacteria in the environment
Dr Brian Steidinger, University of Edinburgh
Catastrophic shifts in tree-microbial symbioses: the causes, consequences, and warning signs of environmental collapse in the global forest system
Dr Thomas Guillerme, University of Sheffield
Phenotypic innovation through time and space