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  (STFC DTP) Halogen behaviour during shock metamorphism and alteration on Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr B O'Driscoll, Dr P Clay, Prof J Day, Prof R Burgess
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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The heavy halogens (Cl, Br and I) are incompatible and fluid-mobile, making them excellent tracers of volatile evolution and transport processes on planetary bodies.
  (STFC DTP) Investigating the organic record of early Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr R Tartese, Dr R Garwood, Dr B O'Driscoll
Application Deadline: 4 December 2019

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Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 and paired stones are unique martian meteorites that provide us with our first and only samples of the martian surface regolith (Agee et al.
  (STFC DTP) The atmospheric evolution of Mars
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Prof R Burgess, Dr L Ruzie, Dr G Holland, Prof J Gilmour
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Mars atmospheric evolution was marked by an early, dense CO2-rich atmosphere giving sufficient greenhouse warming to enable liquid water at the surface; followed by atmospheric loss leaving a less dense atmosphere with cold, arid surface conditions.
  (STFC DTP) Using minerals analogues to understand effects of sterilisation procedures and applications for Mars Sample Return
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr K Joy, Dr S Nixon, Prof M Patel, Prof R Burgess
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Future missions aim to collect samples from a range of planetary bodies. NASA and ESA are working on plans for a series of Mars missions to collect, transport and return rocks and soil samples to the Earth.
  (STFC DTP) Planetary Impact Distributions
  Research Group: Isotope Geochemistry & Planetary Science
  Dr K Joy, Dr G Evatt, Dr A Smedley, Prof D Abrahams
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Does the Earth have a uniform impact rate of extraterrestrial material? If not, then why? Going further, how do the causes of Earth’s rate vary from planet to planet and moon to moon? Or indeed, can observations of impact cratering tell us about historical information about the orbits of the planet/moons? These seem quite fundamental questions, but answering them has proven much harder.
  Impacts of weathering, redox cycling and microbial activity on the formation of kaolinite (china clay). PhD in Mining and Minerals Engineering (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr L Newsome
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Laura Newsome, Camborne School of Mines, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  The climate of Titan: Pushing Earth-based models to the limit. PhD in Mathematics (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr W Seviour
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Will Seviour, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  PhD in Geographical & Earth Sciences: Space weathering of carbonaceous asteroids and its astrobiological implications
  Prof M Lee, Dr C Persano, Dr L Daly
Applications accepted all year round

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Two missions are currently en route to collect samples from carbonaceous asteroids and return them to Earth. The OSIRIS-Rex mission (NASA) will sample Bennu, whereas Hayabusa2 (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA) will visit the asteroid Ryugu.
  Avalanche dynamics on desert dunes: Processes and drivers, from ancient to modern
  Dr J Nield, Dr R Ewing, Dr M Baddock
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. Avalanching is responsible for wind-blown dune migration on Earth and Mars and because avalanches are preserved in dune stratigraphy, they are the most direct way that we can interpret past wind-climate conditions.
  Hydrate formation from CH4 released during serpentinisation. How important it is on Earth?
  Dr H Moreno, Dr G Bayrakci, Dr I Falcon Suarez, Prof D Teagle
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance that forms at high pressures and low temperatures when sufficient methane is available in continental margins and deep ocean sediments.
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