Back in November 2021, Dr. Broadbent held an online guest lecture on "Effects of snow cover changes and shrub encroachment on soil communities and processed in alpine grassland" that was part of the research project. In March 2022, he was able to travel to Innsbruck and meet with his colleagues in person.
In Innsbruck, Dr. Broadbent gave a well-attended lecture about their joint research on winter climate change and native shrub invasion impacts in alpine grasslands, which initiated an interesting discussion. He also organised and led meetings with current and future collaborators from Prof. Bahn’s lab and beyond, to discuss recent research outcomes and plan for future experiments. It was agreed that the time was right to apply for an independent research fellowship, in close collaboration with the University of Innsbruck, with multiple research avenues discussed. After the meeting, Arthur Broadbent, Michael Bahn and the project collaborators went on the search for potential new alpine field sites for future winter climate change experiments, including locations near a long-term field site at the Stubaier Gletscher (see photo below).
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BritInn Fellow Report