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NERC-funded PhD studentships: Centre for Environmental Policy and School of Public Health,  Imperial College London and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

NERC-funded PhD studentships: British Geological Survey, Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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 SSCP is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council and based at Imperial College London. Projects for an October 2021 start are listed below. For a full list of these and other projects, with links to detailed descriptions, information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply, go to:

For project-related queries and to apply, contact individual supervisors. For general enquiries about the SSCP DTP, contact Christiane Morgan, Doctoral Training Coordinator (

Closing date for applications 18:00, 4 January 2021.

List of supervisors and projects in the British Geological Survey in 2021

Dr Christopher Jackson - Conceptual modelling of global groundwater variability and change

List of supervisors and projects in the Natural History Museum in 2021

Dr Silvia Pressel - Bryophyte-microbe interactions on the remote oceanic island of St. Helena

List of supervisors and projects in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2021

Dr Isabel Larridon - Diversity and evolution of C4 photosynthesis in sedges (Cyperaceae)

Dr Maria Vorontsova - Improving food security in Africa: taxonomy, genetics and ecology of finger-grasses

Dr Felix Forest - EDGE Angiosperms: integrating phylogenetic and extinction risk data for conservation prioritisation in flowering plants

Dr Carolina Tovar - Managing ecosystem services of Andean wetlands for sustainable development

List of supervisors and projects in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 2021

Dr Caroline Cox - Understanding how Earth is losing its cool: A study in support of the FORUM satellite mission

List of supervisors and projects in the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in 2021

Dr Steven White - Modelling the Effects of Climate Change on Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Dr Paul Scholefield - Developing new UAV-based survey approaches for monitoring tree and soil health indices in SE Asian oil palm plantations

Dr Ce Zhang - Characterising individual Páramo plants and their health from UAV imagery using deep learning techniques

Professor Helen Roy - Interactions amongst drivers of biodiversity change: a question of scale?

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