Dr Sandra Varga (PI). I am an evolutionary ecologist deeply interested on how plants interact with their environment. Since the beginning of my research, I have been exploring the relationship between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
I am a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln (2015-2017). Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (2011-2014) where I moved after obtaining my PhD from the University of Oulu, Finland (2004-2010), after graduating from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
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Dr Libby John. I am a plant ecologist with particular interest in belowground processes and the mechanisms determining plant communities. My research centres on understanding the factors that determine the composition and diversity of plant communities, focusing on the impact of herbivores, nutrient supply or habitat heterogeneity.
I am Head of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln.
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Dr Carl Soulsbury. My main interest is in the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of birds, mammals and plants. My work is primarily focussed on the evolution of life history strategies in vertebrates but I have expanded my research into plant life histories.
I am a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln. Before, I held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Bristol.
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We are using several dioecious and gynodioecious plants for our research, including:
- Cirsium arvense (creeping thistle). More info here
- Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy). More info here
- Knautia arvensis (field scabious).
- Lycopus europaeus (gipsywort).
- Mercurialis annua (annual mercury).
- Mercurialis perennis (dog’s mercury). More info here
- Plantago lanceolata (ribwort plantain). More info here
- Rumex acetosa (common sorrel).
- Rumex acetosella (sheep’s sorrel).