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NERC-funded PhD studentships: Department of Life Sciences and School of Public Health, Imperial College London

NERC-funded PhD studentships: Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College 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. Some projects listed are led by a core partner and 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 (

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

List of supervisors and projects in Department of Life Sciences in 2022

Dr Nikolai Windbichler - CRISPR/Cas9 gene drives for the genetic control of agricultural pests

Dr Martin D Brazeau - Deep vertebrate phylogeny and the origins of vertebrate reproductive modes: new insights from exceptionally preserved fossils

Professor Vincent Savolainen - Plant-fungal coevolution and speciation on a remote oceanic island

Dr Julia Schroeder - Birds, trees and seasons: a long-term study of phenology

Dr Richard Gill - Investigating how trait responses to climate change shape Arctic plant-pollinator networks

Dr Arkhat Abzhanov - The shape of head: cellular and molecular mechanisms of facial morphogenesis

Dr Jose Jimenez - Analysis of the microbiota of kelp

Dr Cristina Banks-Leite - The Macroecology of Landscape Ecology: Global Patterns of Sensitivity in Birds

Professor Colin Turnbull - Disentangling climate change and biotic impacts on success of aphid populations

Dr Emma Ransome - Restoring UK seagrass habitats to maximise carbon capture

Prof Guy Woodward - Beavers as rewilding ecosystem engineers

Dr Samraat Pawar - Assembling Functionally Stable Microbial Communities Under Fluctuating Environments

Professor Alfried Vogler - Phylogenetic diversity of the most species-rich ecosystems on Earth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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