Conservation & Saving Our World

Aim of Category & Post:

To identify conservation areas that I’m interested in and practical applications areas of my PhD research (plant-herbivores interactions, plant chemistry, inorganic pollutants).

Conservation Areas:

Urban gardens

Nature reserves in polluted areas

Set aside areas, nearby areas of agricultural run-off

Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) – areas of land where natural features and wildlife habitats exist alongside housing, roads and food production.

Practical application areas of PhD research:

  • Nature after minerals: Converting mineral extraction area to conservation areas.
  • Biofortification of food: Increasing the trace mineral content of crops through identifying plants traits or population traits that have naturally higher mineral uptake and mineral concentrations. Determining the ecological effects of this – food chain, biomagnification, effects on the soils, litter decomposition.
  • Phytoremediation of inorganic, organometallic and organic pollutants
  • Conservation of hyperaccumulating plants

Further Theoretical Areas of PhD research:

  • Elemental defence hypothesis: Joint Effects Theory, Accumulators and elemental defence, population differences.

About Claudia Harflett

Plant ecologist, interested especially in plant-herbivore interactions and ecological chemistry, but also soil processes, invertebrate identification esp. pollinators, and citizen science. Also interested in the arts: Art: David Hockney, Henry Moore, Katsushika Hokusai. Music: Muse, Metallica, Tool, Rachmaninov. Literature: Currently reading Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky.

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