PhD projects

NERC CENTA-funded PhD projects

The School of GEES is a partner in the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA). We currently have a number of potentially CENTA-funded projects open for competitive application, with a deadline of Monday 22 January 2018.

Anthropogenic Impact And Environmental Sustainability

Project title

Project supervisors

Air flow through Heterogeneous Woodlands and its role in global CO2 uptake Xiaoming Cai/ Rob MacKenzie/ Rick Thomas
Disentangling the synergistic effects of habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species on biodiversity: an holistic approach to global environmental change research Tom Matthews/ Jon Sadler
Does forest structure hold the key to understanding forest carbon uptake? Dr Tom Pugh/ Dr Martin De Kauwe/ Prof Michael Tausz/ Prof Rob MacKenzie
Global air quality impact of the interaction between forests and air pollution. Dr Eloïse A. Marais/ Dr Francis Pope/ Prof. Jason Surratt/ Dr. Yue Zhang
Global change impacts on water and vegetation cycles Joshua Larsen
Hot stuff? Evaluating the human exposure hazard presented by land contaminated with organic flame retardants Professor Stuart Harrad/ Dr Mohamed Abdallah/ Dr Christopher Vane
Human alteration of the nitrogen cycle: Implications for denitrification and nitrous oxide emission from forest soils Dr Sami Ullah/ Prof. Stefan Krause/ Dr Nick Ketteridge/ Dr Laura Cardenas/ Dr Swanne Gontharet
Hydrological response to agricultural land degradation in the Lesser Himalayas David Hannah/ Harry Dixon/ Sumit Sen/ Stefan Krause/ Julian Clark
Microplastics as conduits of flame retardants in birds feeding on landfills Dr Mohamed Abdallah/ Dr S. James Reynolds/ Dr Kim Fernie
Next generation winter road maintenance forecasts using data from the Internet of Things Prof. Lee Chapman/ Dr Simon Bell
Resurrecting ghost ponds to fight loss of aquatic biodiversity Dr Luisa Orsini/ Dr Carl Sayer
Seeing cells as they are: single cell ICP-MS investigations of nanoparticle cellular uptake & distribution Prof Éva Valsami-Jones/ Prof Iseult Lynch/ Benjamin Fryer
Temperate forest nitrogen availability, carbon uptake and future climate change Zongbo Shi/ Liz Hamilton/ Iain Hartley
The fate of microplastics accumulating at groundwater-surface water interfaces Prof. Stefan Krause/ Prof Iseult Lynch/ Prof. Greg Sambrook Smith/ Dr Dan Lapworth/ Prof. Daren Gooddy
Total Atmospheric Emissions from the Biosphere Dr William Bloss/ Dr Louisa Kramer
Uncertainties of Severe Extra-tropical Storms under Anthropogenic Climate Change PD Dr GC Leckebusch/ Dr M Widmann
Visibility, air pollution and public health in an African urban context Dr Francis Pope/ Prof. Neil Thomas

Dynamic Earth

Evolution Of Organisms And Ecosystems

Project title Project supervisors
Benefits of human exposure to nature: a multi-sensory examination of evolutionary drivers Dr Susannah Thorpe/ Prof Jon Sadler/ Dr Phil Jones/ Dr Jackie Chappell
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
Functional morphology of Oviraptorosauria and the evolution of dietary diversity in theropods Dr Stephen Lautenschlager/ Professor Richard Butler/ Dr Michael Pittman
Pollinator responses to climate change Dr Scott Hayward/ Prof Jon Sadler
Projecting hydroclimatic extremes in the Himalayas for the 21st century M. Widmann/ A.F Van Loon/ N. Barrand/ J. Sanjay/ R. Singh
Terrestrisuchus and the origin and early evolution of crocodylomorphs Professor Richard Butler/ Dr Stephen Lautenschlager/ Professor Paul Barrett/ Dr Stephen Brusatte/ Dr Nicholas Fraser
The completeness of the early shark fossil record Dr Ivan Sansom/ Prof Richard Butler/ Prof Mike Coates
The dawn of calcifying plankton: a revolution in climate regulation Sarah Greene/ Tom Dunkley Jones/ James Rae
Thermal dynamics of the River Danube: long-term responses to environmental change Dr Chris Bradley/ Prof. David Hannah

Organisms, ’Omics And Biogeochemistry

Project title Project supervisors
Chemical cocktails: understanding the combined effects of nanoparticles and pharmaceutical on microbial species and populations Prof. Iseult Lynch/ Dr Marianne Matzke/ Prof. Eva Valsami-Jones
Human alteration of the nitrogen cycle: Implications for denitrification and nitrous oxide emission from forest soils Dr Sami Ullah/ Prof. Stefan Krause/ Dr Nick Ketteridge/ Dr Laura Cardenas/ Dr Swanne Gontharet
Pushing Boundaries in Ecohydrological Geophysics to Test the Two-Water Worlds Model Prof. Nigel Cassidy/ Prof. Stefan Krause/ Prof. David Hannah
The fate of microplastics accumulating at groundwater-surface water interfaces Prof. Stefan Krause/ Prof Iseult Lynch/ Prof. Greg Sambrook Smith/ Dr Dan Lapworth/ Prof. Daren Gooddy

PhD research degrees

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