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My main research focus is the interaction between agricultural practices and biodiversity.
The research I undertake is very much applied and currently we are investigating the impact of Riparian Buffer Strips (i.e. grass margins adjacent to watercourses) on the biodiversity of intensively managed grassland. We are looking to see whether Riparian Buffer Strips can potentially be integrated into intensively managed grasslands to reduce diffuse pollution and facilitate biodiversity without adversely influencing profit margins.
I am particularly interested in modelling invertebrates at the landscape level to determine the main factors driving assemblages at the species and the ecological group level.
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