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Serena Turton-Hughes

PhD Researcher
Areas of expertise
Unknown and hidden biodiversity in UK woodlands; interdisciplinary methods; human perceptions of nature

Serena is an interdisciplinary PhD student in the School of Earth and Environment and School of Biology. Her research explores anticipated dark extinctions through cultural, philosophical and biological significance of tree extinctions and the extinction of their epibionts. Her work focuses on less charismatic forest flora, invertebrates and fungi, in tandem with trees as microhabitats, to explore multidisciplinary perceptions of previously unseen species loss. She is liable to talk at length about eDNA, slime moulds, the history of mycology, and education. Serena dips into ecology, applied psychology, education, philosophy, geography, and genetics, often through the lenses of multispecies justice and political ecology. She loves to hear about anything related to trees, forests, biodiversity, or extinction.