Andy Smith

Andy Smith
Bangor University · School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography

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Publications (19)
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Silvopastoral agroforestry and the strategic placement of trees and hedgerows offers potential to improve livestock welfare and production efficiency through the provision of shelter in livestock farming systems. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between shelter-seeking behaviour of ewes during the lambing period and the mic...
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Soil microorganisms and their symbiotic relationships with plants are fundamental to nutrient cycling in temperate forest ecosystems. This highly diverse microbiome contains up to a quarter of Earth’s biodiversity, but our understanding of how this affects the function of forests is not well understood. This thesis investigated the role of plant sy...
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Carbon use efficiency (CUE) describes the relative partitioning of carbon (C) between anabolic and catabolic processes within the soil microbial community. Further, it represents a major factor regulating the amount of C cascading through the trophic levels of the soil food web. How CUE relates to C supply, however, remains poorly understood. The p...
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Through litter decomposition enormous amounts of carbon is emitted to the atmosphere. Numerous large-scale decomposition experiments have been conducted focusing on this fundamental soil process in order to understand the controls on the terrestrial carbon transfer to the atmosphere. However, previous studies were mostly based on site-specific litt...
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TreeDivNet is the largest network of biodiversity experiments worldwide, but needs to expand. We encourage colleagues to establish new experiments on the relation between tree species diversity and forest ecosystem functioning, and to make use of the platform for collaborative research.
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Through litter decomposition enormous amount of carbon is emitted to the atmosphere. Numerous large-scale decomposition experiments have been conducted focusing on this fundamental soil process in order to understand the controls on the terrestrial carbon transfer to the atmosphere. However, previous studies were mostly based on site-specific litte...
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Through litter decomposition enormous amounts of carbon is emitted to the atmosphere. Numerous large-scale decomposition experiments have been conducted focusing on this fundamental soil process in order to under-stand the controls on the terrestrial carbon transfer to the atmosphere. However, previous studies were mostly based on site-specific litt...
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Long-term climate change experiments are extremely valuable for studying ecosystem responses to environmental change. Examination of the vegetation and the soil should be non-destructive to guarantee long-term research. In this paper, we review field methods using isotope techniques for assessing carbon dynamics in the plant-soil-air continuum, bas...
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The area of forest plantations is increasing worldwide helping to meet timber demand and protect natural forests. However, with global change, monospecific plantations are increasingly vulnerable to abiotic and biotic disturbances. As an adaption measure we need to move to plantations that are more diverse in genotypes, species, and structure, with...
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As a key component of the carbon cycle, soil CO2 efflux (SCE) is being increasingly studied to improve our mechanistic understanding of this important carbon flux. Predicting ecosystem responses to climate change often depends on extrapolation of current relationships between ecosystem processes and their climatic drivers to conditions not yet expe...
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As a key component of the carbon cycle, soil CO2 efflux (SCE) is being increasingly studied to improve our mechanistic understanding of this important carbon flux. Predicting ecosystem responses to climate change often depends on extrapolation of current relationships between ecosystem processes and their climatic drivers to conditions not yet expe...
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Studies of biological responses in the terrestrial environment to rapid changes in climate have mostly been concerned with aboveground biota, whereas less is known of belowground organisms. The present study focuses on mites and springtails of heathland ecosystems and how the microarthropod community has responded to simulated climate change in a l...

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Develop a more detailed understanding of the underlying mechanisms of photodecomposition, focusing on the relationship between biotic and abiotic decomposition throughout the dry season and subsequent wet season.
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To identify the optimum species choice, age and location of shelterbelts in agricultural landscapes through analysis of soil hydraulic conditions and tree root characteristics of shelterbelts to reduce downstream time to peak flow and mitigate against flooding.