PhD projects

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Anthropogenic Impact And Environmental Sustainability

Project title Project supervisors
Agent-based modelling of bovine tuberculosis transmission routes Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft/Professor Elizabeth Wellington
An application of the Taguchi method to optimise SPION synthesis for remediation applications Professor Eva Valsami-Jones/Dr Christine Elgy
Anticipating and adapting to climate change: understanding impacts on the water environment in a major UK river basin Professor David Hannah/Dr Grace Garner/Professor Christel Prudhomme/Dr Mike Hutchins/Dr Glenn Watts 
Are nutrients limiting the uptake of CO2 in forest ecosystems now, or are they likely to in the future? Dr Stephanie Handley-Sidhu/Dr Liz Hamilton/Dr. Zongbo Shi
Assessing the fate of micro and nano plastics in freshwaters Dr. Iseult Lynch/Prof. Jon Sadler/Dr. Stefan Kraus/Dr Mark Ledger
Biome under attack! Understanding the processes behind Boreal landscape disturbances Dr Nick Kettridge/Dr Stefan Krause/Prof David Hannah/Prof. Kevin Devito/Prof. Kevin Bishop/Prof. Hjalmar Laudon
Chemical labelling for the development of safer engineered nanomaterial designs Prof. Éva Valsami-Jones/Dr. Iseult Lynch
Death and the carbon cycle: Hydraulic failure and recovery of trees under climate change Dr Tom Pugh/Dr Jeremy Pritchard/Prof. Rob MacKenzie/Dr Debbie Hemming
Direct Measurement of On-Road Vehicle Emissions in the UK: Implications for Air Quality Dr William Bloss/Dr Francis Pope/Dr James Lee
Extreme flows and stream ecosystem function in Alaskan streams Professor Alexander Milner/Dr. Anne Van Loon/Dr. Mark Ledger 
Forestry on the Edge:  Hydrology and nutrient spiralling at forest groundwater – surface water interfaces Dr Stefan Krause/Prof. David Hannah/Dr Nick Kettridge/Prof. Kevin Bishop/Prof. Hjalmar Laudon
Fate of pharmaceuticals in groundwater systems Dr Michael Rivett/Dan Lapworth/Prof John Tellam
Future climate – Future forests: Gas and particle measurement in a CO2 enriched forest  Dr Francis Pope/Dr Bill Bloss/Prof. Rob MacKenzie
Geoengineering the climate by accident: Fertilizing the forests and oceans by burning dirty fossil fuels? Dr. Zongbo Shi/Prof. Huiwang Gao/Dr. Simon Ussher
Hot in the City: How does urban heat island effect influence activity budgets of birds?   Dr S. James Reynolds/Prof. J.P. Sadler/Dr Lee Chapman
Hot stuff? Evaluating the human exposure hazard presented by land contaminated with organic flame retardants Professor Stuart Harrad/Dr Mohamed Abdallah/Dr Christopher Vane/Dr Mark Cave
Hydrological and biogeochemical dynamics of headwater wetlands of the Yukon River, Denali National Park, Alaska Chris Bradley/Nick Kettridge/Sandy Milner
Impact of extreme climatic events on freshwater food webs Dr Mark Ledger/Dr Scott Hayward
Locomotion, manipulation and musculoskeletal disease of elderly chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes sp .) in wild and captive environments Susannah KS Thorpe/Jackie M Chappell/Alice M Roberts/Kevin Hunt 
Microplastics: fluxes and sinks in urban catchments Greg Sambrook Smith/Chris Bradley/Iseult Lynch
Multi-decadal variability of Drivers of Extremes in the East-Asian Summer Monsoon Dr GC Leckebusch/Dr M Widmann
Spatial and temporal characteristics of size-distribution of traffic-related nanoparticles in urban street canyons Xiaoming Cai/Roy Harrison/Rob MacKenzie
Stem, leaf, root: The response of mature broadleaf trees to elevated carbon dioxide Prof. Rob MacKenzie/Dr Tom Pugh/Dr Kadmiel Maseyk/Dr James Morison/Dr Eric Casella
Towards the synthesis of bio-compatible and chemically robust silver nanoparticles for biomedical applications Dr. Iseult Lynch/Professor Eva Valsami-Jones/Dr. Inder Kaur
Understanding hydrological drought  Anne F. Van Loon/Paul Wood/John Bloomfield/Sally Rangecroft/Mark Cuthbert/David M. Hannah

Dynamic Earth

Project title Project supervisors
Assimilation of palaeoclimate proxy data into GCMs Dr. Martin Widmann/Dr. Johann Jungclaus
Development of novel palaeoclimate proxies based on 3-hydroxy fatty acids Dr James Bendle/Prof. Xie/Dr. Sabine Reinsch
Mantle unroofing during continental breakup and slow seafloor spreading Tim Reston/Steve Jones
The stratigraphy and emplacement of the Antrim lavas (SEAL) Carl Stevenson/Sebastian Watt/Rob Raine
Tracing the ascent route of granitic magmas using their crustal contaminants Alan Hastie/Paul Anderson/Mark Cooper/Ian Millar
Why are Non-Volcanic Passive Margins Not Volcanic? Stephen Jones/Tim Reston

Evolution Of Organisms And Ecosystems

Project title Project supervisors
Agent-based modelling of bovine tuberculosis transmission routes Dr Jan-Ulrich Kreft/Prof Elizabeth Wellington
Engineering captive environments to promote wildtype behaviour in bonobos and orangutans Dr Jackie Chappell/Dr Susannah Thorpe
From greenhouse to icehouse: detecting shifts in the latitudinal biodiversity gradient in deep time  Ivan Sansom/Richard Butler/Kirsty Edgar/Mark Williams/Mark Woods
Life and death across an ancient global warming event Dr Kirsty Edgar/Dr Tom Dunkley-Jones
Locomotion, manipulation and musculoskeletal disease of elderly chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes sp.) in wild and captive environments Susannah KS Thorpe/Jackie M Chappell/Alice M Roberts/Kevin Hunt 
Macroevolution and Biogeography of Eocene to Oligocene Coccolithophores Dr Tom Dunkley Jones/Dr Richard Butler/Prof Paul Bown/Dr Liam Gallagher
Molecular networks controlling spore germination in plants and algae Juliet Coates/Jason Hilton
Reptile and amphibian evolution during the ‘Descent into the Icehouse’: new insights from the Hampshire Basin Dr Richard J. Butler/Dr Tom Dunkley Jones/Professor Susan E. Evans/Professor Paul M. Barrett 
Woodland systems as key pollinator refuges under climate change Dr Scott Hayward/Prof. Jon Sadler/Mike Townsend

Organisms, ’Omics And Biogeochemistry

Project title Project supervisors
Are nutrients limiting the uptake of CO2 in forest ecosystems now, or are they likely to in the future? Dr Stephanie Handley-Sidhu/Dr Liz Hamilton/Dr. Zongbo Shi
Fate of pharmaceuticals in groundwater systems Dr Michael Rivett/Dan Lapworth/Prof John Tellam
Mass spectrometry imaging of the sentinel freshwater crustacean Daphnia : a novel tool for environmental diagnostics Professor Mark Viant/Professor John Colbourne/Dr Emmanuelle Claude/Dr Mike Morris 
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of environmentally-induced phenotypes  Dr Leda Mirbahai/Dr Aditi Kanhere/Dr Ben Brown/Dr Céline Sabatel

 

The School is the lead institution for the NERC-funded CENTA Doctoral Training Centre, which funds between five and seven PhD UK/EU studentships at Birmingham each year.

The School is also a participant in the NERC Oil and Gas Doctoral Training Centre, with one UK/EU Studentship per year. 

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