The Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship programme will coalesce around a single organising principle:
Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship programme
“To determine to what extent Forest existence, form, and function emerge from detailed interactions within and across scales, from molecules, to individual organisms, to communities and societies.”
Projects, setting out from strongly scientific, social science, or cultural perspectives, align with one of the following themes:
- Values and meanings – How (historically, currently, and in the future) do the ways we value forests influence their form, function, and, indeed, their existence?
- Change drivers and resilience – Which ‘tipping points’ and ‘great leaps forward’ emerge from the adaptation of forests to changing environments? Can we design interventions to enhance forest resilience?
- Communication cascades – How does communication at molecular, ecological, and social scales determine the functioning of forests? To what extent can we safely alter communication within and across scales to promote beneficial outcomes?
Cutting across these themes are two further, cross-linking, perspectives:
- Scales of space and time – How far must forests extend, and how long must they persist, to perform specific cultural, socio-economic, or ecological functions? How can human and forest time and space scales be reconciled
- Complexity: how patterns emerge - Where and when do critical sites and situations appear in forests? How can models that embrace complexity enhance our understanding of ecosystem processes?