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Ecology & Conservation PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in Aberdeen

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  Immunogenetic Status of Salmonid Populations in Scotland
  Prof S Piertney, Dr M Wenzel, Dr D Morris, Dr J Gilbey
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The genetic integrity of wild salmon in Scotland is being challenged by interaction with escaped farmed fish.
  The Impact of Changes in Management, Climate and Sea Level on Blue Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Coastal Wetlands
  Prof J Smith, Dr A Brand, Prof D Paterson, Prof J Baxter
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Coastal wetlands provide numerous critical ecosystem services, including storm surge protection, fisheries production, improvement of water quality, and carbon sequestration, and are potentially one of the most effective ecosystems on the planet for slowing global warming.
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental ancient DNA analysis of Lateglacial and Early Holocene contexts in Ireland and Scotland
  Dr L Girdland Flink, Dr G Plunkett
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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This project aims to refine our understanding of Lateglacial and Early Holocene biodiversity and ecosystems in Scotland and Ireland using ancient DNA extracted from ancient sediments (sedimentary ancient DNA, or sedaDNA).
  QUADRAT DTP: The cost of being a fussy eater – Oligolectic pollinators and environmental change
  Dr F Manfredini, Dr L Scott
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Insect pollinators provide fundamental ecosystem services to natural and human-dominated communities. Different pollinators have different abilities to cope with environmental changes, due to differences in their behaviour, physiology and life-history traits.
  QUADRAT DTP: Is macroalgal carbon sequestration the ’elephant in the Blue Carbon room’ ?
  Prof U Witte, Dr K O'Driscoll
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Marine plants draw down CO2, and in a world of rising atmospheric CO2 levels carbon sinks in vegetated coastal ecosystems can sequester CO2 on geological time scales and are now referred to as ’Blue Carbon’.
  QUADRAT DTP: Functional parasite epigenomics and transcriptomics for improving honey-bee health in a global pollination crisis
  Dr M Wenzel, Dr C Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Pollination is an immensely important ecosystem service that not only contributes to maintaining biodiversity in wild ecosystems but is also indispensable for meeting ever-increasing demands on agriculture to sustain global food security.
  QUADRAT DTP: Responses of fungal populations to habitat loss and creation: extinction debts and colonisation credits
  Prof J Travis, Prof M Emmerson
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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As habitat is lost due to land use change, species are lost from the landscape both locally and regionally. This loss of species does not all happen immediately and indeed, in some cases there can many years before some species eventually go extinct following land-use change.
  QUADRAT DTP CASE: How effective are Protected Areas in conserving biodiversity?
  Dr L Ross, Dr D Pincheira-Donoso
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Protected Areas (PAs) are of critical importance to biodiversity conservation at a time of unprecedented rates of biodiversity loss due to multiple and interacting anthropogenic drivers of change.
  QUADRAT DTP: The role of sexual selection in facilitating rapid adaptation to climate change
  Dr N Pilakouta, Dr P Caplat
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Climate change is arguably the most significant threat to biodiversity in the 21st century. Animal populations are experiencing a period of unprecedented environmental change, leading to higher extinction rates.
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in Africa
  Dr M Moseley, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Multi-host pathogens include some the most important pathogens of livestock and humans. These pathogens are maintained in complex ecological reservoirs that are comprised of epidemiologically connected animal host populations and environments (Viana et al., 2014).
  QUADRAT DTP: Assessing the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to climate change in the North East Atlantic
  Dr C T Marshall, Dr P Collins
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Climate vulnerability is the degree to which a system is susceptible to, or unable to cope with, the adverse effects of climate change.
  QUADRAT DTP: The genomic basis of environmental resilience and vertical zonation in the intertidal rocky shore
  Prof S Piertney, Dr S Helyar
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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The extreme environmental variation in salinity, temperature and pH that characterises the rocky shore during a tidal cycle has driven a raft of different physiological and behavioural adaptations among intertidal marine organisms to cope with abiotic stress.
  QUADRAT DTP: New methods for the ’visualisation’ of dynamic and multi-dimensional data in Earth and environmental systems
  Dr C Bond, Prof J McKinley
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Digitalisation and large, multi-dimensional, dynamic data are now the main stay of Earth and Environmental Science, but how we visualise, handle, analyse and make decisions from these datasets is still a significant challenge.
  QUADRAT DTP: Quantifying carbon accumulation and loss in Russian Arctic peatlands
  Dr D Mauquoy, Dr M Blaauw
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Peatlands in Russia (and North America) are a major terrestrial carbon store and a natural sink for atmospheric CO2 during the Holocene (Charman et al., 2013, holding around 612 gigatonnes of carbon, which represents a larger stock than the worlds live vegetation.
  QUADRAT DTP: Co-evolution of Earth and Life: are land plants good for coral reefs?
  Dr A Brasier, Dr J Sigwart
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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For the first four billion years of its history, the Earth was a fundamentally different planet to that which we know today. the only green covering on land (if any) was provided by mats of microbes.
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