Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold the conference in 2020. However, the PhD Researcher of the Year award still went ahead.
PhD Researcher of the Year
Adetunji Adekanmbi – finalist
Environment Research Theme Winner, School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
Title of PhD: Impact of Climate Change on Soil Respiration and Resilience
“There is a growing interest in understanding the biogeochemical mechanisms that regulate exchanges of carbon between the land and atmosphere, and how these exchanges will respond to future environmental change.
"My research explores the complex mechanisms by which soil microbial communities perform functions that mineralise soil organic matter and release CO2 into the atmosphere.
"I’m investigating how these microbial communities respond and recover from disturbances and perturbations caused by extreme climatic events. "
Adetunji's advice to fellow researchers:
"I would advise doctoral researchers to be realistic in their planning and avoid being over-ambitious. You need to build-in time for every activity including those that you think will be quick to achieve, but are required for your progress, because things take time!”