Lancaster University (ULANC)

Description of the organisation

Lancaster University is one of the UK’s top research-intensive university, ranked in the top 10 for all 3 major UK university league tables, and named the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year in 2018. It was 10th (top for UK) in the 2014 Times global universities under 50 years old. Lancaster University is also home to one of the largest environmental research groups in Europe: the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC). Lancaster has embraced interdisciplinary, through the LEC, which spans the physical, biological and social environmental sciences. LEC has a growing focus on marine systems, building a strong tropical marine grouping, to complement its tropical forest group.

Expertise particularly relevant to the project

Lancaster houses one of the main emerging tropical marine ecology groups in the UK. The multidisciplinary Lancaster Environment Centre has expertise ranging from marine macroecology to fisheries food security. There is specific expertise in resilience and ecological threshold identification, along with the social and biophysical drivers of ecosystem change. Lancaster researchers have also had a leading role in identifying flows among ecosystems of energy and nutrients, how these flows may be disrupted, and what they mean for ecosystem productivity and functioning. The impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and the people that rely on them has been a central focus of Lancaster’s research, including impacts on fisheries, biodiversity and ecosystem stability.

For more information please visit ULANC website.