PhD projects

Self-funded PhD projects
Project title Project supervisors
Holocene rapid climate change and vegetation response in Cappadocia, Turkey (PDF 92KB)  Dr Warren J. Eastwood, Professor Jonathan Sadler, Dr Jonathan Dean, Dr Çetin Senkul

NERC CENTA-funded PhD projects

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. 

Anthropogenic Impact And Environmental Sustainability

Project title

Project supervisors

Air flow through small heterogeneous woodlands and its role in CO2 exchange

Xiaoming Cai, Rob MacKenzie, Rick Thomas

Anticipating and adapting to climate change: understanding impacts on the water environment in a major UK river basin

David Hannah, Christel Prudhomme, Mike Hutchins, Glenn Watts, Stefan Krause

Biome under attack! Understanding the processes behind Boreal landscape disturbances

Dr Nick Kettridge, Dr Stefan Krause, Dr Sami Ullah, Professor Kevin Devito, Professor Kevin Bishop, Professor Hjalmar Laudon

Brain-on-a-chip: an array to study nanoparticle-brain interactions

Professor Éva Valsami-Jones, Professor Iseult Lynch, Dr Sandra Wilson

Circular economy thinking: maximising opportunities for energy generation from refuse-derived waste (RDF)

Professor Iseult Lynch, Dr Julian Clark

Death and the carbon cycle: Hydraulic failure and recovery of trees under climate change

Dr Tom Pugh, Dr Jeremy Pritchard, Professor Rob MacKenzie

Future changes of tropical cyclones in East Asia and potential adaptation measures

Dr GC Leckebusch, Dr M Widmann

Future climate – Future forests: Gas and particle measurement in a CO2 enriched forest

Dr Francis Pope, Professor Rob MacKenzie

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

Professor Alexander Milner, Dr Chris Bradley

Impact of extreme climatic events on freshwater food webs

Dr Mark Ledger, Professor Alexander Milner

Isoprene secondary organic aerosol in a changing world

Eloïse A. Marais, Roy Harrison

Microplastics as conduits of flame retardants in birds feeding on landfills

Dr Mohamed Abdallah, Dr S. James Reynolds, Dr Kim Fernie

Multi-decadal variability of Drivers of Extremes in the East-Asian Summer Monsoon

Dr GC Leckebusch, Dr M Widmann

Nutrient limitation in forests: less carbon sequestration, faster global warming in the future?

Zongbo Shi, Rebecca Bartlett, Iain Hartley, Liz Hamilton

Old growth, new carbon: The aboveground carbon-allocation response of mature broadleaf trees to elevated carbon dioxide

Professor Rob MacKenzie, Dr Kadmiel Maseyk, Dr Rick Thomas

On-a-chip arrays to assess nanomaterial reactivity

Professor Éva Valsami-Jones, Professor Iseult Lynch, Dr Fiona Pereira, Dr Laurent Barbe

Thermal dynamics of the River Danube: long-term responses to environmental change

Chris Bradley, David Hannah

Understanding Methodological Constraints and Organic Carbon Quality Control of Denitrification and N2O emissions from Mature and Restored Forest Soils

Dr Sami Ullah, Professor Stefan Krause, Dr Nick Kettridge, Dr Laura Cardenas, Dr Swanne Gontharet

Evolution Of Organisms And Ecosystems

Project title Project supervisors
Death and the carbon cycle: Hydraulic failure and recovery of trees under climate change Dr Tom Pugh, Dr Jeremy Pritchard, Professor Rob MacKenzie
Dispersal patterns in primitive vertebrates Dr Ivan Sansom, Professor Mark Purnell, Dr Richard Butler, Dr Lauren Sallan
Drought Sensitivity of Terrestrial Ecosystems in Europe and North-America Dr Anne Van Loon, Dr Samuel Zipper, Dr Claudia Teutschbein, Dr Laurent Pfister, Dr Nick Kettridge

Organisms, ’Omics And Biogeochemistry

Project title Project supervisors
Development and application of novel palaeoclimate proxies based on 3-hydroxy fatty acids Dr James Bendle, Dr Rob Griffiths, Professor Xie
Understanding Methodological Constraints and Organic Carbon Quality Control of Denitrification and N2O emissions from Mature and Restored Forest Soils Dr Sami Ullah, Professor Stefan Krause, Dr Nick Kettridge, Dr Laura Cardenas, Dr Swanne Gontharet

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) studentships

The School is offering new PhD studentships through the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) Studentship Cohort. SHEAR focuses on four areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making. 

Find out more and view PhD projects on offer at the University of Birmingham

NERC Oil and Gas DTC projects

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

PhD research degrees

For further information about PhD research degrees and links to apply please follow the links for the relevant research area below: