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  GW4 FRESH CDT studentship: Cascading effects of micro- and nano-plastics on lipid quality and transfer through freshwater planktonic ecosystems
  Dr IA Guschina, Prof S Ormerod
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Despite growing global concern about the occurrence of small plastic particles (nano- and micro-plastics) in the world’s seas, rivers and lakes, there has been limited research into understanding any adverse effects on living organisms.
  GW4 FRESH CDT studentship: One man’s meat is another man’s poison: exploring the effect of mass drug administration against schistosomes on the aquatic food web
  Dr J Lello
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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PhD Type

Parasites are an integral but under-recognised component of ecosystems. In particular, within food webs they can alter chain length and connectance and, because they act across trophic levels, they can increase web stability.
  GW4 FRESH CDT PhD Studentship: Chlorine reduction wetlands
  Dr J Wenk
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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PhD Type

This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) which is offering up to 14 studentships to start in September 2020.
  Impacts of multiple stressors on ecosystem functions of high mountainous streams
  Dr N Wu, Dr D Atkinson
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to understand the interaction among stressors and their consequences on biodiversity and ecosystem functions at high mountainous regions (i.e.
  Drinking water ponds in southern Bangladesh: blending traditional and scientific management approaches
  Dr S McGowan, Dr M Roy
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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We are looking for a student with strong interests in freshwater sciences and complex development problems to work with a large transdisciplinary international team.
  Assessing the diversity, drivers & importance of Megaira, intracellular symbiont of aquatic eukaryotes
  Prof G Hurst, Prof M Brockhurst, Dr D J S Montagnes, Prof D Cameron
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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The biology, ecology and evolution of eukaryotes is in part a product of their symbiotic interactions with microbes. Intracellular microbes, retained during cell division and reproduction, are particularly interesting, as they are selected to maintain and nurture their hosts.
  Disease Control and Conservation: Applying Grazing Pressure to Solve ‘The World's Worst Wildlife Infectious Disease’
  Dr D J S Montagnes, Prof A Fenton
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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PhD Type

BACKGROUND & TIMELINESS. Naturally occurring diseases threaten ecosystem function, biodiversity, and humans (zoonotic infections).
  2020_62: The role of hydrodynamics in mediating effects of climate change on ecosystem stability and functioning
  Dr S Pawar, Prof G O Hughes, Prof M D Piggott, Dr E van Sebille
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Samraat Pawar ([email protected]); Professor Matthew Piggott, Department of Earth Science & Engineering; Professor Graham Hughes, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Dr Erik van Sebille, external.
  Quantifying the role of microbial community dynamics in triggering the production of nuisance chemicals in freshwater ecosystems. PhD in Biosciences (NERC FRESH)
  Dr C Lowe
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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PhD Type

The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) provides a world-class doctoral research and training environment, for the next generation of interdisciplinary freshwater scientists equipped to tackle future global water challenges.
  Invasive species and water resources: developing the evidence base for effective mitigation to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species through water transfer networks
  Research Group: School of Biology
  Dr A M Dunn, Prof M Tillotson
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) cost the UK over £2bn pa and are an increasing threat to aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems.
  Drivers of tropical freshwater biodiversity: a DNA metabarcoding approach
  Dr A Zieritz, Dr S Creer
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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PhD Type

We are looking for a versatile student with a keen interest in tropical freshwater ecology and conservation, and willing to undertake exciting molecular analyses to define biodiversity.
  Environmental Exposure to Cannabinoids, Metabolites and Transformation
  Dr J B Sallach, Dr A Singer
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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The pharmaceutical and recreational use of cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, cannabinoids, are increasing as prohibitionary legislation has evolved in many countries throughout the world.
  Ecological Forecasting Research in Micro-Ecosystems
  Research Group: Petchey Group: http://www.ieu.uzh.ch/staff/professors/petchey.html
  Prof O Petchey
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

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PhD position (4 years 60 % available). Owen Petchey’s research group University of Zurich. The position is funded by the project Advancing the limits of ecological forecasting in changing environments using very long-term experimentation with micro-ecosystems.
  Understanding the role of phytochelatins in detoxifying toxic metal pollutants in invertebrate species
  Dr D Spurgeon, Dr J Bundy
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Research background and aims. Potentially toxic elements (PTEs, previously known as heavy metals) are some of the most important pollutants in UK freshwaters.
  Artificial skyglow impacts on the chronobiology of marine organisms
  Dr A Ellison, Dr S Jenkins
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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PhD Type

The ecological impact of artificial light at night has been a rapidly growing field of global change science in recent years.
  Biodiversity colonisation of the Arctic under climate change: impacts on land, sea and people
  Dr S G Willis
Application Deadline: 10 December 2019

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Background. Climate is changing rapidly across the Arctic region, as well as across lower northern latitudes. As a consequence, there are widespread expectations that many species from temperate regions will move into Arctic ecosystems in the near future, and such changes are already being observed.
  Understanding cholera pandemics
  Research Group: BBSRC MIBTP
  Dr D Grainger, Dr P A Lund
Applications accepted all year round

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Vibrio cholerae is the causative agent of Cholera. Millions of cases of the disease occur every year and these are responsible for $3.1 billion dollar financial losses.
  Adapting to climate change: transgenerational acclimation as a mechanism of rapid evolution
  Dr M Truebano Garcia, Dr P Cotton
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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In the context of climate change, it is imperative to determine to what extent species have the capacity to persist in a warmer environment.
  NERC GW4+ DTP studentship: Understanding the fate and potential impact of nano-plastics in freshwater organisms and ecosystems
  Prof I Durance, Prof P Borri
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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PhD Type

There is a growing realisation that the widespread use and degradation of plastics has created a legacy of plastic pollution. Mass balance studies have suggested that a large proportion of release plastics waste may now be present as micro- nano-scale particles.
  Adapting to life in an increasingly acid world: understanding tolerance to acidic waters in populations of trout (Salmo trutta). PhD in Biosciences(NERC FRESH).
  Dr J R Stevens
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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PhD Type

The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) provides a world-class doctoral research and training environment, for the next generation of interdisciplinary freshwater scientists equipped to tackle future global water challenges.
  Bloom busters: understanding how phytoplankton defend against grazers. PhD in Biosciences (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr K Helliwell
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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PhD Type

Lead Supervisor. Dr Katherine Helliwell, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter; Marine Biological Association.
  Developing a marine microalgal system for environmental epigenetics. PhD in Biosciences (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr V Kumar
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Vinod Kumar, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. Additional Supervisors.
  Predicting the dynamics of community biomass and size distributions in freshwater communities exposed to long-term warming. PhD in Biosciences (NERC FRESH)
  Dr G Yvon-Durocher
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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PhD Type

Lead supervisor. Prof Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Variability and permanence of functional traits to determine environmental tipping points
  Dr K Wollenberg Valero
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Species diversity has a disproportionate influence on ecosystem functioning and stability and as such, resilience to extinction events.
  PhD in Food Web Networks and Environmental Change: Exploring how natural and anthropogenic stress influence the structure and dynamics of communities.
  Dr A Beckerman
Applications accepted all year round

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The interactions among species define a food web network. In these networks, species have dynamics (e.g. numbers and biomass), the community has structure (e.g.
  Towards a paradigm shift in ecological risk assessment: developing novel ecosystem-basedapproaches to enhance biodiversity conservation
  Prof P White, Prof L Maltby, Dr C Rivetti
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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The current global and national declines in biodiversity mean there is an urgent need to develop more robust approaches for conserving key ecosystem functions and services.
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