Academic Year 2021-2022
Institution Queen's University, Belfast


School: School of the Natural and Built Environment

Project: Dynamics of carbon capture in Scottish and Irish peatlands over the past centuries

Supervisors: Dr. Maarten Blaauw, Dr. Dmitri Mauquov, Dr. Gill Plunkett, and Dr. Rebekka Artz

Undergraduate Education: BA in Natural Sciences (Plant Sciences) at the University of Cambridge

Postgraduate Education: MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh


This research project will focus on carbon storage in peatlands in Scotland and Northern Ireland over the last few centuries. Peatlands are a key carbon store, as they contain about 30% of the world’s soil carbon, but cover only 3% of the world’s land. In the UK, 10% of land is covered by peatlands, and 13% of all blanket bog worldwide is in the UK, and concentrated in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Specifically, this research project will aim to gain a better understanding of carbon sequestration over the last few hundred years by combining techniques including C-14 dating and Bayesian statistics, among others

(source for statistics: IUCN UK peatland programme)

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