The Global Trees Campaign has identified a number of research opportunities which would contribute to tree species conservation. These may be of interest to MSc and MRes students looking to collaborate with applied practitioners for their research projects in 2018.
Working with our in-country partners, the Global Trees Campaign is currently supporting conservation actions for more than 150 threatened tree species in 35 countries. Our field projects work to reduce threats to tree species, support sustainable use and recover populations through targeted habitat management and reinforcement planting.
To support and inform the practical implementation of our projects we also work in collaboration with universities, other research institutions and students to address key knowledge gaps and research questions related to the conservation of threatened tree species.
For the second year running we are sharing a list of priority research questions identified by our partners and project leaders working on the ground. Answering these questions could directly inform conservation action for some of the world’s most highly threatened tree species and give students hands on experience of with applied conservation.
Priority research questions identified by our partners in 2017 include:
- How can the genetic diversity of the Araucaria forest’s rarest trees be adequately captured by restoration projects?
- What conditions best support the natural regeneration of Dalbergia stevensonii, a rosewood species in Belize?
- What are the optimal methods for propagation of the Critically Endangered pencil juniper Juniperus barbadensis var. barbadensis?
- What are the barriers, risks and opportunities to developing a sustainable market for pencil junipers as Christmas trees on the island of Saint Lucia?
- What are the priority tree species for conservation action on the island of Príncipe?
- How prevalent is hybridisation in four wild Malus niedzwetzkyana populations in Kyrgyzstan and what does this mean for species management?
- What is the impact of opportunistic fuelwood harvest on rare tree species in Central Asia?
- Does the Tajik pear (Pyrus bucharica) exist?
- Do Cambodian elites buy Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) and why?
- What drives seedling survival for threatened magnolia species in northern Vietnam?
- How do people in northern Vietnam use and value magnolias and their forest habitat?
More information on the context behind these questions is included in this summary document.
These questions are primarily aimed at MSc and MRes students* looking to develop their research projects in collaboration with NGOs working on the ground. Interested students are invited to submit a CV and covering letter, outlining the research question they would like to study and why they are interested in studying it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited number of the research questions listed above will have funding available (up to £1,000) to contribute to research costs. Students would be responsible for covering other costs associated with their fieldwork and for identifying a primary supervisor from their host institution.
The deadline for expressions of interest for all of these projects is Sunday 10th December 2017.
*Although these questions are aimed at MSc students, the Global Trees Campaign would be interested to form collaborations addressing these or similar questions with other researchers or institutions.