The Arctic Tundra is an enigmatic biome. Its largely treeless plains feature low-lying sedges, grasses, mosses and shrubs adapted to permafrost, the permanently frozen subsoil that underpins what is, in fact, a surprisingly diverse northern ‘oasis’. As a region identified as particularly vulnerable to accelerated climate warming, a study of its flora can reveal much about the effects of such changes. A general study can give an overview of the ecological response to climate change in circumpolar regions, while individual species can be used as a proxy of long-term climate variations.
Professor Jones and his team are using genome science to look at the relationship between buckweat and the bee over time – and hope to advance a more general understanding of the interaction between crops, their pollinators and people
Professor Richard Toye and Dr David Thackeray are looking at how twentieth century politicians have communicated with the electorate by means of election manifestos and addresses
Fiona Meldrum and her team are looking at what happens to crystals growing in nano-sized spaces
Study Abroad Student Gavin Tolometti is studying ancient lava flows in Idaho, USA, to compare them with lava fields on the Moon and Mars
Late imperial St Petersburg harboured an animal population that worked to support its growth and operation but also kept the city teetering precariously on the brink of a potential devolution into the noisy, smelly chaos of village life.
Do sodium and heat shape global patterns of biological diversity and activity? Tom Bishop is looking at ants for an answer