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Environmental Science (plastic) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Using psychology to tackle the problem of waste plastic
  Dr T Webb, Dr C Wood
Applications accepted all year round

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Waste plastic can have a devastating effect on the environment, threatening the biodiversity of our oceans and introducing micro-plastics into the food chain.
  Understanding interactions that determine the fate of microplastics in riverbed environments
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr J M Pearson, Prof G Bending
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Project Highlights. Developing novel methods to track and analyse microplastics. Design mesocosms to study the behaviour of microplastics in riverbed sediments.
  Developing ecological solutions to plastic pollution (COLEUPML20ARIES)
  Dr M Cole, Dr T Tolhurst
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Microplastic debris is a prolific environmental contaminant, impacting on marine ecosystems across the globe.
  The combined environmental health impact of microplastics, toxic algae & human pathogens
  Prof R Quilliam, Dr E Mackay, Dr P Hunter, Dr D Oliver
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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We are seeking a highly motivated individual to carry out PhD research in the fields of environmental pollution and water quality, microplastics and freshwater ecology.
  The management of marine plastics
  Prof Paul Lant, Prof B Laycock
Applications accepted all year round

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Plastics pollution in our oceans is a wicked problem.
  SCENARIO - Occurrence and fate of microplastics in freshwater systems
  Dr D Lapworth, Dr T Bond, Dr M Felipe-Sotelo, Dr D Read
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Microplastics pollution is a global problem and can enter freshwater systems from a variety of sources, including sewage effluent.
  ONE Planet DTP - From plastics to protein: The potential of entomodigestion to process waste plastics into low-carbon, low emission protein (OP20202)
  Dr D George
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The functional role of biological organisms as decomposers in natural systems is well studied, with bioremediation representing an anthropomorphised function of this key ecosystem service.
  ONE Planet DTP - Deep Sensing of Soil Signals from Sky (Ref: OP20214)
  Dr L Zhang
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Background. In our daily life such as in a crowded city, we may never notice minor changes every day which are possibly beyond our perceptible ranges.
  The effect of microplastics on freshwater communities and ecosystems
  Dr Pavel Kratina, Dr O Eyice, Dr JI Jones
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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We are looking for a PhD student to study the effect of microplastics on freshwater environments and ecosystem services as part of our £12 million EU Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund to tackle plastic pollution along the English Channel.
  Microplastic-sediment interactions (MiPSi)
  Research Group: Earth Surface Science
  Dr K Spencer, Prof G Wharton
Applications accepted all year round

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The accelerating global release of microplastics (mP) into the aquatic environment seems inevitable, with long-term consequences for water quality and biodiversity.
  Do microplastics enhance marine trace gas production? (HOPKINSUPML20ARIES)
  Dr F Hopkins, Dr G Malin, Dr P Lindeque, Prof P Liss
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Marine plastic pollution can now be found throughout the world’s oceans, from the remote polar seas to the deepest depths, and there is great concern about the potential effects on the marine environment.
  Tackling microplastics pollution by advanced oxidation processes
  Dr E Chatzisymeon, Prof P Perona
Application Deadline: 9 January 2020

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The accumulation of plastics in the aquatic environment is a global issue of emerging concern. Small plastic particles known as microplastics (MP) represent about 92% of the total plastic waste.
  Microplastic characteristics, fluxes and accumulation in the Atlantic Ocean
  Prof R Lampitt, Prof A Cundy, Dr A Horton, Dr K Pabortsava
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. Plastic contamination of the oceans is of considerable concern and may cause significant damage to ecosystem structure and function.
  Fish Swimming Dynamics and Behaviour in the Vicinity of a Fish Exclusion Screen
  Dr C A M E Wilson
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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This PhD project will examine the effectiveness of different fish exclusion screens, to enable fish to safely remain in the main river system and allow safe passage.
  NERC-funded PhD studentships: Departments of Chemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering Imperial College London

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The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership integrates six host partners and a number of business and policy sector partners, to offer an exciting programme that trains and inspires the next generation of environmental experts and leaders to tackle some of the toughest challenges of our time.
  The impact of microplastic pollution on carbon sequestration in urban soils (Advert reference: RDF20/EE/GES/PRENDERGAST-MILLER)
  Dr M Prendergast-Miller
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The growing human footprint of urbanisation demands more intense study of the human impact on urban soils and stresses on urban soil biodiversity.
  Environmental and social dynamics of lead ammunition use. PhD in Geography (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr S Crowley
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Sarah Crowley, Department of Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. Additional Supervisors.
  Presence, morphology and size distribution of nanoplastics and natural fibres in the environment
  Dr P Kay
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Introduction. Plastics in the environment has been seen as one of the most important contemporary environmental issues since David Attenborough’s recent coverage of the topic on Blue Planet.
  The origin of pseudotachylytes in seismogenic fault zones and their role during slow interseismic creep
  Dr E Mariani, Prof D Faulkner, Dr L Menegon, Prof G Di Toro
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The aim of this project is to gain insight into the processes that control the seismic cycle by investigating the relationship between pseudotachylytes and associated mylonites in present-day as well as ancient seismogenic fault zones.
  Microplastic hotspots on the deep seafloor: Investigating the role of seafloor currents in microplastic transport and accumulation
  Dr M Clare, Prof A Cundy, Dr A Horton, Dr I Kane
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. There is growing concern about the impact of plastic pollution (particularly microplastics) on ocean ecosystems and human health[1].
  Invisible Threats to Oceans (InTO): assessing the combined toxicity effects of emerging anthropogenic pollutants on microbial communities (SUPER DTP)
  Dr S Matallana-Surget, Dr T Gutierrez
Application Deadline: 29 December 2019

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Emerging pollutants represent one of the main environmental concerns; they are defined as new contaminants produced by modern society that are not routinely monitored, but cause adverse ecological effects.
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