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  Geography PhD opportunities

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For more than 125 years, The University of Manchester has produced globally excellent geographical research. When you undertake your PhD with us you'll be integrated into our research ethos and practices, which aim to produce both theoretically significant and policy-relevant contributions to geographical knowledge.
  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: Trace element behaviour in surface environments on enriched shales, Britain and Ireland
  Prof J Parnell, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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A critical aspect of environmental studies is the understanding of how trace elements are distributed in surface deposits where they can cause toxicity in the water supply, animals and foodstuffs.
  Constraining mantle dynamics with seismic data
  Prof J H Davies, Dr J Wookey
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. Earthquakes, volcanoes and mountains result from the dynamic Earth, driven by mantle convection. This fundamental process that underlies all these very important phenomena is very poorly understood.
  Early evolution of the Palaeogene Mull volcano: An integrated volcanological, geochemical and geochronological approach
  Dr A Kerr, Dr D Brown, Dr I McDonald, Dr H Hughes
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. Volcanological and petrogenetic research in the various eroded volcanic centres of the North Atlantic Palaeogene Igneous Province (NAPIP) have greatly informed our understanding of processes in both caldera volcanoes and flood basalt magmatism (e.g., Gooday et al., 2018).
  Novel window into old crust: How did Earth’s continents form?
  Dr M A Millet, Dr O Nebel, Dr C J Lissenberg, Dr I Parkinson
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. The formation of Earth’s continents during the Archean eon is one of the major transformation that our planet has experienced throughout its history.
  Pliocene sea level constraints for future sea level rise
  Dr C H Lear, Dr E Gasson
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project keyword. Climate Science. Project Background. Retreat of the Antarctic Ice Sheet due to polar warming remains the largest source of uncertainty for future sea level projections, hampering planning efforts and mitigation of sea level rise.
  Reconstructing the plumbing systems of mid-ocean ridge volcanoes: olivine vs plagioclase-hosted melt inclusions
  Dr C J Lissenberg, Prof K Cashman, Prof C MacLeod
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. Interconnected magma reservoirs are the key driver of the dynamics of volcanic systems around the world. Understanding their nature, therefore, is an important step towards understanding how volcanoes are supplied with magma, and, ultimately, how they erupt.
  Squeeze and mingle: understanding the role of deformation-driven melt transport in mid-ocean ridge magma chambers (Bay of Islands ophiolite, Newfoundland, Canada)
  Prof C MacLeod, Dr J Bedard, Dr C J Lissenberg, Dr I Parkinson
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. We now realise our conceptual view of magma chambers as large melt bodies is outmoded. that they are instead predominantly melt-poor crystal mushes1.
  The origin of layering and platinum ores in the Flatreef of the Bushveld Complex: reactive porous flow in a sill complex?
  Prof W Maier, Dr S Tapster
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. The Flatreef is a world-class platinum-group element (PGE) deposit recently discovered down-dip from existing mining and exploration operations on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex.
  The Oxidation State of the Earth’s Mantle
  Dr D Muir, Dr C J Lissenberg, Prof J Blundy
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Project Background. The mantle acts as the tape recorder of Earth’s history, preserving a record of early continent formation and the subsequent plate tectonic recycling of crustal material.
  The development and evolution of Caribbean coral reef islands (Advert Reference: RDF20/EE/GES/EAST)
  Dr H East
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Coral reef islands are low-lying (. In order to improve predictions of how reef islands may respond to future environmental change, it is important to understand how they have responded to past environmental changes, including in sea level.
  Scholarships available for SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Related Research Degrees

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UCL SECReT is the international centre for training in security and crime related research degrees, the first centre of its kind in Europe.
  E4 DTP is Edinburgh Earth, Ecology and Environment

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Fully funded PhD projects addressing the most exciting. and important questions in Environmental Science.
  3D quantitative analysis of textures in palaeobiology: environments, taphonomy and exceptional preservation (CENTA2-SGGE13-PURN1)
  Prof M Purnell, Prof S E Gabbott
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The roughness or texture of surfaces is intuitively obvious and, at a course scale, easily discernible through touch and sight. We can see and feel that some bedding surfaces are rougher than others, or that some parts of an exceptionally preserved fossils appear smoother than the matrix, or other parts of the fossil.
  A hidden record of early animal evolution? Exploring the Cambrian diversity of acritarchs and small carbonaceous fossils (CENTA2-SGGE19-HARV2)
  Dr T Harvey, Prof M Williams, Dr B Pedder, Dr S Jensen
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Microfossils offer a rich record of early animal evolution and the attendant reconfiguring of ecosystems.
  Constraining mantle and crustal contributions to the Cretaceous Antarctic Peninsula Arc (CENTA2-SGGE17-BARR)
  Dr T Barry, Dr D J Smith, Dr P Leat, Dr J Smellie
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The poorly understood Antarctic Peninsula continental volcanic arc was active between Late Jurassic and Early Miocene times.
  Drivers of seasonality contrasts in sea surface temperature and freshwater flux within the Intertropical and South Indian Ocean Convergence Zone – Holocene and present (CENTA2-SGGE12-ZINK2)
  Prof J Zinke, Dr A Boom, Dr P Hopcroft
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The Scattered Islands are unique coral reef atolls located in the southwestern Indian Ocean along the climatologically important South Equatorial Current and Mozambique Channel ocean gateway.
  Eruption source vents and subsidence patterns in exhumed caldera volcanoes, English Lake District (CENTA2-SGGE15-BRAN)
  Prof M J Branney, Dr J A Zalasiewicz, Dr T Barry
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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How explosive caldera volcanoes erupt and collapse is essential to understand some of the most catastrophic events that affect the Earth’s surface.
  Integrating trace element and automated mineralogical analysis (CENTA2-SGGE7-SMIT)
  Dr D J Smith, Dr T Knott, Dr G Jenkin
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Advances in instrumentation and software have dramatically improved our ability to rapidly analyse geological samples, obtaining detailed chemical, textural and mineralogical data.
  Low temperature, rare earth element (REE) minerals in the Welsh Basin: applying micro-analytical techniques to the study of monazite formation (CENTA2-SGGE10-ZALA)
  Dr J A Zalasiewicz, Dr T Barry
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Large, long-lived, mud-dominated sedimentary basins are the sites of some of the most economically and societally-significant processes in geology, including the generation of oil and gas, and the formation of metallic mineral deposits.
  Organism responses to environmental change – testing hypotheses of dietary niche shifts in cichlid fishes over historical and longer timescales (CENTA2-SGGE14-PURN2)
  Prof M A Purnell, Prof S E Gabbott
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Cichlids provide textbook examples of speciation driven by dietary specialisation. The link between diversity and trophic niche partitioning should mean that periods of environmental change, colonization events, and introductions of invasive fish species have a significant impact on the dietary ecology of cichlids.
  Plastic in rivers: transport, behaviour and fate (CENTA2-SGGE16-GABB)
  Prof S E Gabbott, Dr C Russell, Prof S Rice
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Rivers feed the world’s oceans with freshwater, sediment and more recently with large quantities of plastic. Estimates of the amount of plastic entering the environment via fluvial systems are challenging to constrain and range from 4.8-12.7 million tonnes in 2010 (Jambeck et al., 2015).
  Pteraichnites’ and their implications for pterosaur terrestrial palaeoecology and evolution (CENTA2-SGEE8-UNWI)
  Dr D Unwin, Prof M A Purnell, Dr R Butler, Dr PL Falkingham
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Pterosaurs, Mesozoic flying reptiles, were long considered to have been almost exclusively confined to aerial niches, with only limited mobility when on the ground (Unwin, 2005).
  The Anthropocene geochemical footprint in the Great Barrier Reef (CENTA2-SGGE11-ZINK1)
  Prof J Zinke, Dr T Barry
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Many geo-ecosystems around the world are increasingly modified by Humans. Coral Reefs are no exception. Geologists are currently debating the formalisation of the term Anthropocene as a new chronostratigraphic geological unit.
  The early Palaeozoic evolution of Vietnam (CENTA2-SGGE18-HARV1)
  Dr T Harvey, Prof M Williams, Dr J A Zalasiewicz
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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This project follows in the footsteps of the French Indochinese Geological Survey, who in the first decades of the 20th century discovered many new Palaeozoic fossils in northern Vietnam and southern China.
  Understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of metal ore processing wastes produced using “green” solvents (CENTA2-SGGE9-JENK)
  Dr G Jenkin, Dr M Whelan
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Conventional mineral extraction from mined ores (e.g. for metals) is often an energy-intensive process, requiring either smelting or leaching at elevated temperature, or the use of large quantities of strong acids or bases that are energy intensive to produce.
  Hydraulically fractured reservoirs and optimising EOR processes
  Dr A Sharifi, Dr R Rafati, Dr M Manzari
Applications accepted all year round

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Hydraulic fracturing is a method of producing hydrocarbons from shale reservoirs. Understanding the geomechanics of the reservoir is a key factor to predicting the fracture propagation and fluid flow in this type of rocks.
  Investigation of enhanced oil recovery processes in complex fractured reservoirs
  Dr A Sharifi, Dr R Rafati
Applications accepted all year round

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Oil recovery from fractured reservoirs is a complex process due to the presence of high-permeability fracture networks. Many processes that have been used successfully in sandstone reservoirs may not be economically feasible in fractured reservoirs.
  QUADRAT DTP CASE: Sustainable Resilience to Coastal Erosion: Innovative Approaches to Protection of Assets Along Coastlines at Risk
  Dr D Green, Prof J McKinley
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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All coastlines are subject to dynamic change through wave and wind action resulting in significant loss or gain of land through erosion and/or accretion.
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