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National Productivity Investment Fund Success
Dr Ian Oliver has been awarded £85,000 for a NERC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) case studentship titled "Ecological risk characterisation and modelling for the use of water treatment residuals as soil conditioners". The funds will support a 4-year PhD post that includes an industry placement at environmental consultancy firm 4RGroup. The research will employ earthworms as sentinels to investigate the effects on soil ecology of adding novel amendments to soils. Impacts on soil chemistry, microbial function and gas emissions will also be investigated.