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Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Norwich

We have 12 Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Norwich



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We have 12 Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Norwich

Studying a PhD in Environmental Biology, you’ll have the time and resources to conduct a research project into the impact humans are having on the ecosystem, how the environment is affecting species within it, or developing methods to mitigate loss of Biodiversity. This work can involve field and laboratory work, be entirely based on Bioinformatics, or a metanalysis.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Environmental Biology?

Doing a PhD in Environmental Biology, you’ll become proficient in a range of skills and techniques in either laboratory and field work or Bioinformatics. Those using Bioinformatics will learn to programme in software such as R and Python, and gain experience using techniques from data science and statistics.

Some typical research topics in Environmental Biology include:

  • Mathematically modelling how food chains may be affected by environmental stressors – human or otherwise
  • Studying environmental factors in disease susceptibility and recovery
  • Developing methods to promote or improve ocean sustainability
  • Devising methods of reducing adverse effects of environmental changes on a population (cross over with Biodiversity and Ecology)
  • Identifying novel environmental contaminants

In a general workday, you may be taking samples from your ecosystem of study, performing experiments in the laboratory, or writing programmes to model a population. You’ll spend time planning future work, writing up your work to date, and chatting to your supervisor and colleagues about your plans and results. Your PhD will end in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which you’ll defend during your viva exam.

Environmental Biology programmes are generally advertised with full funding attached, meaning the project is pre-proposed by the supervisor. Some projects request you find your own funding, which can be difficult due to the additional bench fees. Proposing your own research project is uncommon in Environmental Biology, mostly due to the funding challenges.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Environmental Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, 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 Environmental Biology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Environmental Biology 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 uncommon for Environmental Biology 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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Integrating multi-taxa biodiversity conservation into upland ecosystem service land-use models. (DOLMAN_UENV23ARIES)

Supervisory Team - Robert Hawkes, RSPB . Scientific background . Conservation is still failing to reverse biodiversity declines, but land-use strategies must now be balanced with multiple other ecosystem services (ES) including food, carbon sequestration, and flood mitigation. Read more

Diversity and antibiotic potential of microcin B17-like RiPPs from the human gut (GHILAROV_J23MMB)

We develop new treatments for infectious diseases to limit the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Microbial infections of the gut do not respond well to conventional drugs, which wreak havoc to the gut microbiome. Read more

Hybridization and climate change in Alpine orchids (BYERS_UJIC23ARIES)

Scientific background. Hybrid populations of orchids in the European Alps produce a “natural laboratory” that enables us to study adaptive evolution in response to rapid environmental change. Read more

From landscape to soundscape: what drives spatial variation in natural soundscape characteristics? (BUTLER_UBIO23ARIES)

Supervisory Team - Dr Simon Gillings, British Trust for Ornithology . Scientific background . There is a growing body of evidence that spending time in nature has short- and long-term benefits for physical, mental and social well-being. Read more
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