Ecological value of stately homes

Supervisors: Dr Julie Peacock and Dr Karen Bacon.

Large stately homes and their accompanying estates provide a key heritage resource with a unique flora, fauna and soil function. Such estates contain both native and wild flora in addition to cultivated horticultural species.  The natural historical value of gardens at stately homes is as important as their art or the homes themselves, and they are interconnected with our social and cultural history but is far less comprehensively understood. In this project, you will work with scientists at Leeds and specialists at Harewood House to determine best practices for sustainable management of the ecological resources of stately homes. In particular, according to your particular research interests, the project could involve: Assessing the range of plants and soil types in the estate; assessing the biogeochemical characteristics of the estate soils; determining resilience of native and non-native plants within the estate and compare this to natural populations of selected species.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or be in their final year and expecting to receive, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant subject. Applicants will need to have their own funding in place for fees and living costs. Study can begin on the first of any month.

How to apply

Please see “Step 2” on our How to apply page.

UK/EU applicants may be eligible for a £1000 Masters by Research Bursary, funded by the Ecology and Global Change cluster. Up to 2 bursaries are available and will be awarded on academic merit. Applications received before the 30th June 2019 will be considered for the bursary.

For project enquiries, please contact Dr Julie Peacock or Dr Karen Bacon. For application enquiries, please contact Jacqui Manton, e: j.manton@leeds.ac.uk.