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  Building resilience in coastal governance: ethics and justice in responsible innovation (FORSTER_UDEV20AS)
  Dr J Forster, Dr T Tolhurst, Dr I Lorenzoni
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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This competition is open to UK and EU nationals only, subject to certain conditions. Apply to the University of East Anglia for a place to study by Monday 20 January 2020.
  Managing living mulch (cover crops) to improve soil health (including nutrient cycling) and encourage natural enemies in orchard crops
  Prof X Xu, Dr M Fountain, Dr C Whitby
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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REFERENCE. CTP_FCR_2020_2. Supervisors. Prof Xiangming Xu (NIAB EMR), Dr Michelle Fountain (NIAB EMR), Dr Corinne Whitby (University of Essex).
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Understanding the ecology and coevolution of aphids and parasitoids to improve natural biocontrol measures in field crops
  Dr I Capellini, Dr R Girling, Dr J Bishop, Dr A Murchie
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Parasitoids are insects that play a fundamental ecological role in both natural and agricultural ecosystems by regulating the population of herbivore pests, such as aphids.
  Pears, pests and natural enemies: modelling tri-trophic interactions in a changing climate
  Dr D Senapathi
Application Deadline: 5 March 2020

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Climate influences the timing of key events including crop flowering and peak abundance and activity of crop pests and their natural enemies.
  PhD in Food Web Networks and Environmental Change: Exploring how natural and anthropogenic stress influence the structure and dynamics of communities.
  Prof 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.
  Sustaining partnership approaches – evaluating effectiveness, health and longevity of agri-environmental collaboratives
  Dr K Prager, Dr T Potts
Applications accepted all year round

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A multitude of partnerships have developed between actors from the farming, environment, conservation, community, business and government sectors.
  Conservation Genomics and Epigenomics of Fragmented and Declining Populations
  Prof L Beheregaray
Applications accepted all year round

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We are looking for a bright candidate for one PhD position associated with the project. “The evolutionary potential of fragmented and declining populations”.
  The environmental impacts of Agri-Environmental Schemes
  Dr G Ziv, Prof P Chapman
Applications accepted all year round

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Nearly 50% of European Union (EU) land is used for agriculture. These landscapes have been shaped by centuries of large-scale human impacts through traditional land-use systems (i.e.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Enhancing the sustainability and improving quality of apple production through ecosystem service management
  Dr M Garratt, Dr P Burgess, Dr M Fountain
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. One of the main sustainability challenges faced by farmers today is effectively managing crop pests.
  Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

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Join an internationally renowned scientific community with the Hector FellowPhD program. PhD students benefit not only from the experience of the program, but also from the network of Hector Fellows.
  FoodBioSystems DTP - Using organic fertilisers to manipulate soil microbiology for improved nutrient bioavailability
  Dr M Pawlett, Dr T Sizmur, Dr E J Shaw, Prof J Harris
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Research Group. FOODBIOSYSTEMS BBSRC DTP. Soils are essential to food production through the delivery of bioavailable nutrients required for crop growth.
  Governing effective marine protected areas: Backing the blue belt through governance structures
  Dr G Reinhardt, Dr T Cameron, Dr C Sweeting
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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This competition is open to UK and EU nationals only, subject to certain conditions. Apply to the University of Essex for a place to study by Monday 20 January 2020.
  PhD in the Diversification of Life - Generating Novel Datasets to Examine Species Form Variety
  Dr G Thomas
Applications accepted all year round

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Understanding how and why the diversity of life on earth varies through time and geographic space is one of the fundamental underpinnings of evolutionary and conservation biology.
  Experimental Evolution of Thaumarchaeota
  Dr C Gubry-Rangin, Prof J Prosser
Application Deadline: 23 February 2020

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The fundamental aim of this project is to determine the process of adaptive diversification and associated trade-offs in fitness, by studying microbial evolution experimentally.
  The Science of Politics: An Ethnographic Study of Extinction Rebellion
  Dr R Evans, Dr J Lewis
Application Deadline: 2 March 2020

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The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD. https://wiserd.ac.uk/) supported by the School of Social Sciences, invites applications for PhD study.
  Reducing the negative impact of agricultural drought by applying biochar to soil
  Research Group: Environmental and Isotope Geochemistry Group
  Dr L Trakal, Dr VS Sipek, Assoc Prof MP Pohorely
Application Deadline: 15 March 2020

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This topic offers a multidisciplinary solution to currently highlighted issues such as drought, sustainable agriculture, limitation of nutrient leakage from soil, and also reducing CO2 emissions into the air.
  Mapping the cumulative effects of human activities on marine mammals in UK waters: informing management, planning and conservation efforts
  Research Group: Institute of Life and Earth Sciences
  Dr L McWhinnie
Application Deadline: 5 May 2020

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As human populations continue to grow in coastal areas, their use of, and impact on, marine ecosystems and species are also increasing.
  PhD in Chemical Ecology
  Dr S Campbell
Applications accepted all year round

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In response to the near-universal threat of being consumed by insect herbivores, plants have evolved a sophisticated arsenal of chemical defences.
  PhD in the Evolutionary Ecology of Mating Systems
  Dr S Campbell
Applications accepted all year round

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Mating and breeding systems govern a wide range of evolutionary processes in plants and animals, including gene flow, genetic variation, and the strength of natural selection.
  The genetics/genomics of adaptive evolutionary change
  Dr N Nadeau
Applications accepted all year round

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The basic process of evolution by natural selection involves genetic changes that confer an advantage in survival or reproduction.
  SEESALT: Novel ways to ’SEE’ coastal ’SALT’ marshes using low-cost drones and sensors
  Dr D Green, Dr D Mauquoy
Applications accepted all year round

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Saltmarshes are found extensively along low wave energy coastlines resulting from fine sediment accumulation and vegetation establishment.
  Marine Hg species dynamics and distribution.
  Dr L Heimbürger-Boavida
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Mercury is one of the least concentrated elements in the ocean, and its complex biogeochemical cyling drives ultimately the biomagnification of methylmercury into marine fish.
  Fully Funded PhD in Sustainable Development

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India's socioeconomic growth depends upon the sustenance of its rural communities, as 70% of its population live in the villages.
  Consequences of biases in representation of drivers of change in evidence synthesis for environmental decision-making and stewardship
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr H Wheeler
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) - https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Socio-economic impacts of rewilding projects
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr H Wheeler, Dr N Jones
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) - https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Wider benefits of the National Pollinator Strategy
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr A Helden, Dr T Ings
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG) - https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Winter activity in the buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris): how is diapause controlled in a commercially important pollinator?
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr T Ings, Dr P Celis
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG). https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  EPSRC DTP Studentship: Synergy between microplastic and sediments within the aquatic system
  Dr P Ouro-Barba, Dr C A M E Wilson
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Microplastics are a source of anthropogenic contamination that are becoming an environmental concern due to their high concentrations across the earth’s surface.
  Combining carbon, hydrogen and Hg compound specific isotope analysis to understand MMHg origin.
  Dr D Point
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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All humans are exposed to toxic monomethyl-Hg (MMHg) when we consume marine fish. The origin of MMHg in marine ecosystems is however not well understood.
  Community-based approaches for the implementation of Nature-based solutions against coastal erosion
  Dr A Ollauri, Dr K Munro, Dr S B Mickovski
Applications accepted all year round

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SCEBE-19-024. Coastal erosion is a natural hazard which frequency and intensity will likely increase as a result of sea-level rise and storm surges due to climate change.
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