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  An Exploration of the Impact of UK Austerity on Local Community Resilience to Natural Hazards
  Dr C MacRae, Dr J Adekola
Applications accepted all year round

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Project reference number - GSBS-2019-103. Local government increasingly focus efforts on identifying and managing risks. A central part of this process is building resilience amongst Scottish communities to deal with local risk(s) including those from natural hazards.
  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.
  Children’s Citizen Science and the Natural Environment: Motivations, Experiences and Outcomes
  Dr S Mills, Dr P Wood
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Reference number. CENTA20-LU10. Start date. 1 October 2020. Closing date. 10 January 2020. Interview date. Week beginning 3 February 2020.
  Rewilding and Natural Flood Management
  Research Group: Earth Surface Science
  Dr G Harvey, Dr A Henshaw, Dr S Clarke
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the last decade, the UK has experienced some of the most significant and extreme flood events of the last 100 years, and predicted changes in precipitation are expected to increase the frequency and costs of flooding.
  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.
  Flickering switches in the landscape: searching for tipping-points, system noise and bifurcation in Natural Flood Management catchments
  Prof T Coulthard
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Natural Flood Management (NFM) is an upcoming approach to managing flood risk in river basins – by modifying the hydrology through naturally sympathetic methods (such as small wooden dams, bunds and re-forestation).
  Tracking radionuclide pollution
  Dr M Andersen, Dr D Richards
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. Pollution by anthropogenic radionuclides is ubiquitous in the environment. In particular, Wales and the southwest of England have experienced the legacy of the atomic age from the spread of toxic radionuclides from a range of now-decommissioned nuclear power plants (e.g.
  Quantifying the role of natural and anthropogenically driven geomorphic disturbances in forest landscapes on global carbon emissions
  Prof SE Darby, Prof J Dash, Dr GJ Roberts
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. This project aims to quantify (1985-2020) the extent to which the world’s forests have been fragmented by geomorphic disturbances (landsliding and river channel migration) and explore the implications with respect to determining the impacts of this fragmentation and loss on the global carbon cycle.
  Dam beavers: quantifying the impacts of nature’s water engineers on the fluvial geomorphology and flood regimes of streams and rivers. PhD in Geography (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr R Brazier
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Prof Richard Brazier, Department of Geography, Centre for Resilient Environment, Water and Waste, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter,.
  Common Era Atlantic Sea Level Change
  Dr R Edwards
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD forms part of the multi-institution, Marine Institute/European Regional Development Fundfunded project A4. Aigéin, Aeráid, agus Athrú Atlantaigh (Oceans, Climate, and Atlantic Change).
  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.
  The influence of biogeochemistry and microbiology on Antarctic ice shelves
  Dr E Bagshaw, Dr A Jungblut, Prof I Hawes, Prof J L Wadham
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. Predicting the future behaviour of ice shelves is critical for understanding how Antarctica will respond to climate warming.
  Can we develop tools for securing Lawtonian landscape resilience?
  Dr R Corstanje, Prof J Harris
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Lawton (2010) reviewed England’s biodiversity and ecological networks and concluded that biodiversity sites did not comprise a coherent and resilient ecological network, in the face of a changing climate and threats to biodiversity.
  Waking the “dead”: Evolutionary responses of Daphnia spp. to biophysical disruption in tropical lake systems
  Dr D Ryves, Dr L Orsini
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Application details. Reference number. CENTA20-LU11. Start date. 1 October 2020. Closing date. 10 January 2020. Interview date. Week beginning 3 February 2020.
  ONE Planet DTP - Barriers to tree re-establishment in logged tropical rainforests in Borneo
  Prof Y Teh
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Using a quasi-experimental approach and spatial modelling, this project will test the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors on the success of natural forest restoration in an expansive landscape dominated by oil palm production (Northern Borneo).
  ONE Planet DTP - Mainstreaming green infrastructure: how to better use the green belt to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies in North East England . (Ref: OP202063)
  Prof A Scott
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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There is considerable public & policy attention around the optimal use for green belts (GB). This is polarised between those who see GB’s purpose simply as preventing urban sprawl and those who see GB as potential sites to meet housing need through careful and selective GB releases.
  PhD studentship in Urban Ecohydrology
  Dr G Manoli
Application Deadline: 25 December 2019

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Despite the rapid urbanization of our planet and the significance of cities in human societies, our ability to sustainably design urban systems is limited.
  Next-generation model for plant ozone damage: a big step towards smaller uncertainties and more robust climate predictions. PhD in Mathematics (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Prof N Unger
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Prof Nadine Unger, Department of Mathematics, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Blue carbon and ecosystem functioning in mangroves under pressure. PhD in Geography (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr B van Maanen
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Barend van Maanen, Department of Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Coral reef ecosystem collapse: constraining rates of biological and physical erosion. PhD in Geography (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Prof CT Perry
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Prof Chris Perry, Department of Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. Additional Supervisors.
  Keeping above the waves? The response of coastal freshwater peatlands to sea-level rise. PhD in Geography (NERC GW4+ DTP)
  Dr T Roland
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Tom Roland, Department of Geography, University of Exeter. Additional Supervisor. Dr Matt Palmer, Met Office Hadley Centre.
  PhD in Geographical and Earth Sciences - Improving Urban Coastal Geomorphology Data to support Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change (UrbanCoastAdapt)
  Dr L Naylor, Dr M Hurst, Dr C Loureiro
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Are you interested in using coastal/environmental science to help better manage coastal climate change impacts? Do you want to do cutting edge research that is also useful to society? If yes, this project will hopefully excite and appeal to you!.
  The inner workings of the earthquake cycle: New insight from integrating geophysical observations and microstructures
  Dr L Gregory, Dr S Piazolo
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Slip behaviour at and around faults has been shown to be highly dynamic with variability in behaviour occurring both spatially and temporally.
  Hidden greenhouse gas emissions from urban waterways
  Dr J Dean, Dr S Clement, Prof A Plater
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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This project aims to quantify the temporal and spatial variability of methane and carbon dioxide sources and emissions across a range of urban rivers and canals, identifying the factors that control these emissions.
  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.
  Son preference and sex selection: Diffusion processes and re-evaluation of policies in India.
  Dr S Dubuc
Applications accepted all year round

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Amartya Sen’s seminal article ‘More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing’ in 1990, brought the topic of sex-selection against females to global attention and inspired academic work in the field1.
  Exposure potential of rural versus urban inland waters for equitably improving population health and wellbeing
  Dr D Oliver, Dr C Brown
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Inland waters (in both natural and urban environments) span a spectrum of waterbody types from gentle flowing headwaters, canals and lakes through to engineered urban water features and low lying estuaries.
  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.
  The effects of sea-level changes along the Thailand coast
  Dr K Selby, Dr K Penkman, Dr P Punwong
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Current uncertainties about rates of future sea-level change mean we need better assessments and improved data integration on the operation of natural and anthropogenic processes over long time scales.
  Sustainable mountain soils in the face of change; impact of land-use and climate extremes
  Dr R Mills, Dr J Whitaker, Dr S Toet, Mr D Martin
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Do you want to help shape the future of our mountainous environments? Are you passionate about how our mountains can contribute to food production, safeguard water supply, and mitigate climate change? Do you want to do this whilst gaining cutting-edge skills? If so, this PhD is for you.
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