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Ecology (ireland) PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 14 Ecology (ireland) PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 14 Ecology (ireland) PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

An Ecology PhD would give you the chance to study the relationships between organisms and their environment, through a model species, field work, or mathematical modelling. Whatever you study, from population ecology to how plants are affected by the soil ecosystem, you’ll be aiming to develop methods of reducing or mitigating any negative impacts environmental changes may be having.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Ecology?

Studying a PhD in Ecology, you’ll gain a variety of skills since Ecology draws on techniques from many subjects including Geology, Microbiology and Bioinformatics.

Some typical research topics in Ecology include:

  • Studying the effect of an environmental factor e.g. urbanisation is affecting a species
  • Developing models to estimate the impact of environmental changes to organisms
  • Investigating how the interaction between species has evolved
  • Population ecology, studying the dynamics of a population including interactions with environment, birth, death, and immigration rates
  • Developing methods of mitigating adverse effects of altering the environment on the species it contains
  • Focused study on a particular ecosystem and its species (overlap with Biodiversity)

In a general workday, you’ll be conducting field work and analysing previous data or if you’re project involves Bioinformatics, you’ll be writing programmes and using methods from statistics and data science to analyse large datasets. Discussing your results, progress and problems with your supervisor and colleagues.

Your PhD will end with the submission of a thesis (approximately 60,000 words in length) that significantly contributes to the knowledge of your field, and a viva exam, in which you’ll defend your research.

Ecology PhD programmes are generally advertised projects with full funding attached, with the project proposal written by the supervisor. However, for some advertised projects you must find your own source of funding, which can be difficult due to additional bench fees, though these may not be as high as more laboratory-based subjects, it is still an extra cost to cover. This difficulty also makes proposing your own project in Ecology uncommon.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Ecology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with experience in Environmental Biology desirable, at Merit or Distinction level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Ecology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Ecology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s difficult for Ecology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Quadrat DTP CASE: Soils as an effective carbon sink? Rates of carbon sequestration and long-term storage in soils across Northern Ireland

Global climate change caused by anthropogenic carbon emissions is of major concern, and more information on how much carbon is being stored within and emitted from different ecosystems is urgently required, both to enhance future climate predictions and to implement robust carbon mitigation measures. Read more

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Investigating the ripple effect in larval aquatic ectotherms exposed to heat stress

Project Description. Anthropogenic climate change is manifested through waves of heat stress. While researchers are now gaining a better understanding of the molecular responses to heat stress in diverse organisms, we have identified a new gap in our knowledge. Read more

Ancient woodlands and development-related threats: How can we develop effective, targeted mitigation to protect these valuable ‘Keepers of Time’?

Ancient woodlands provide some of Great Britain’s most biodiverse and culturally significant habitats. Current planning policy aims to protect these ‘irreplaceable’ habitats from the direct and indirect impacts of nearby development. Read more

MSc by Research in Grassland Plant Ecology

Applications are invited for a two-year MSc by Research project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), and based in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES) and the Department of Geography at University College Cork, Ireland. Read more

The Roadmap of Human Pluripotency, Living Systems Institute – PhD

In the early mammalian embryo a group of cells form that have the special property of pluripotency. Pluripotency is the developmental potential of a cell to generate the founder lineages of the embryo. Read more

(LCAB) Tabletop Ecologies: Biodiverse representations and imaginaries in tabletop and board gaming

This is an exciting opportunity to investigate the growing range of tabletop and board gaming titles that make the Earthly environment an object of play, exploring how they can help us imagine a richer, more biodiverse future. Read more

(LCAB) Fish futures: the governance of trade-based consumption and mechanisms for promoting net biodiversity gain

This project uses the 2022 WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies as the backdrop to investigate the political economy and ecology of global fisheries trade by focusing on its governance and supply chains, its biodiversity footprint and its future potential as an alternative protein source with net benefits for human and planetary health. Read more

Exploring The Utility of Transcriptomics Data in Toxicology

One of the challenges for the future of agriculture is to sustainable increase food production, using only the same or ideally less land area, to provide the quality and quantity required to meet the needs of an increasingly affluent & growing human population and simultaneously mitigating climate change and protecting or regenerating biodiversity. Read more
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