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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, Zoological Society of London

The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership integrates six host partners and several business and policy sector partners, to offer an exciting programme that trains and inspires the next generation of environmental experts and leaders to address some of the toughest challenges of our time. The SSCP DTP is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and based at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London.

Projects for an October 2022 start are listed below. All core partner projects are co-supervised by an Imperial supervisor - these are listed both under the department as well as the core partner and are marked with an asterisk*. For a full list of these and other projects, further details on the studentships, information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply, go to:

For project-related queries, contact individual supervisors. For general enquiries about the SSCP DTP, contact Christiane Morgan, Doctoral Training Coordinator (mailto:granthamphd@imperial.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications midday (12pm GMT), 7 January 2022.

List of supervisors and projects in the British Geological Survey in 2022

Dr Christopher Jackson/Professor Adrian Butler (Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering)* - Chalk stratigraphy and its role in managing groundwater abstractions in Chalk river catchments

Dr Jonathan Mackay/Professor Adrian Butler (Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering)* - Conceptual groundwater modelling of global groundwater datasets: learning through large-sample comparative hydrogeology

List of supervisors and projects in the Natural History Museum in 2022

Dr Paul Schofield/Dr Rupert Myers (Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering)* - Sustainably and economically minimising waste from low-impact processing of laterites

Dr Anne D. Jungblut/Dr Pablo Brito-Parada (Dept of Earth Science and Engineering)* - Cradle-to-cradle mining: Can we return waste from laterite mines into a self-sustaining soil?

Professor Richard Twitchett/Dr Will Pearse (Dept of Life Sciences)* - The impact of Anthropocene and deep-time warming on burrowing decapod crustaceans

Dr Silvia Pressel/Prof Martin Bidartondo (Dept of Life Sciences)* - Bryophyte-microbe interactions on the remote oceanic island of St. Helena

List of supervisors and projects in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2022

Dr Isabel Larridon/Professor Vincent Savolainen (Dept of Life Sciences)* - Untangling the diversity and evolution of hairsedges (Bulbostylis, Cyperaceae) in Africa

Dr Gemma Bramley/Dr Will Pearse (Dept of Life Sciences)* - Understanding diversification and distribution patterns of the New Guinea flora

Dr Felix Forest/Dr James Rosindell (Dept of Life Sciences)* - EDGE Angiosperms: integrating phylogenetics and extinction risk data for conservation prioritisation in flowering plants

List of supervisors and projects at the Zoological Society London (ZSL) in 2022

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli/Dr Will Pearse (Dept of Life Sciences)* - Ecosystem degradation, climate change and tropical ecosystem stability – Tanzania as a case study

Dr Patricia Brekke/Dr Ian Mudway (School of Pulic Health)* - Investigating the chronic impacts of urban air quality on the brain.

Professor Rosie Woodroffe/Professor Christl Donnelly (School of Public Health)* - Understanding fine-scale badger behaviour to inform the control of bovine tuberculosis

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