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PhD studentships in Biological and Geosciences (QUADRAT DTP)

Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships starting 1st October 2020

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd January 2020

QUADRAT-DTP brings together two research and teaching centres of excellence in biological sciences and geosciences. The University of Aberdeen is a world class multidisciplinary research and training institution and Queen’s University Belfast is a Russell Group University with an international reputation for world class research.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with support from several partner organisations, QUADRAT-DTP will provide outstanding students from the UK and EU with unrivalled opportunities to gain the skills and holistic understanding essential for the next generation of scientific leaders in academic, industry and policy development due to our unique geographic positions, unprecedented research and training infrastructure and strategic alliances of the two academic partners.

Biological and Geosciences

Each year, we award 20 full studentships to exceptional students, providing funding to support Doctoral studies for PhD programmes. Our themes of Biodiversity, Earth Systems and Environmental Management allow for an integration of both theoretical and applied projects capable of addressing the most significant environmental and societal challenges we face now and in the future. The QUADRAT-DTP vision is to equip students with the skills, outlook, purpose and holistic understanding to lead, communicate and translate innovative cross-disciplinary research that meets the challenges associated with the effective management of the natural environment; and position our graduates as the next generation of scientific leaders in academia, industry and policy development.

It is anticipated shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at the project host institute between Monday 24th February and Friday 28th February 2020.

Fees and Funding

QUADRAT DTP students are fully-funded for a minimum of 3.5 years, to start the following October.

They include:

  • Stipend based on UKRI rates (currently £15,009 pa for 2019/20
  • Fees (Home/EU Fees)
  • Research and Training Costs (£11,000)

Further details are available on the QUADRAT DTP website or please contact the relevant project supervisor.

Biological and Geosciences

University of Aberdeen, School of Biological Sciences

QUADRAT DTP CASE: Acoustic detection & characterisation of cod in the north east AtlanticDetails
QUADRAT DTP CASE: Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind Turbines: A life cycle assessment of Bottom-fixed versus Floating Wind Turbine ConceptsDetails
QUADRAT DTP CASE: How effective are Protected Areas in conserving biodiversity?Details
QUADRAT DTP CASE: Is a trophic cascade framework useful for predicting the outcome of rewilding in plantation forests?Details
QUADRAT DTP CASE: Waste to Land - Differential priming of soil carbon driven by additions of organic wastesDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Actions of early life endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure on adult fish health using the zebrafish modelDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Assessing the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to climate change in the North East AtlanticDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Conservation implications of variation in reproductive traits among fragmented populations of tropical forest treesDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Current and past ecology of dynamic seasonal salt lakes and their responses to climate changeDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Development of artificial reefs: design, scientific monitoring, environment impact and management in North/Irish SeasDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Do plant communities manipulate soil for drought resistance?Details
QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in AfricaDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Functional parasite epigenomics and transcriptomics for improving honey-bee health in a global pollination crisisDetails
QUADRAT DTP: How do biotic interactions shape the response of species to climate change across temperate and tropical biomes? A global study on damselflies (Odonata: Zygoptera)Details
QUADRAT DTP: Impact of climate change on stability of sponge-microbe symbiosisDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Is macroalgal carbon sequestration the ’elephant in the Blue Carbon room’ ?Details
QUADRAT DTP: Modelling metagenomics-derived microbial traits in soils under climate changeDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Optimising water saving management systems for rice grown in saline/sodic environmentsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Responses of fungal populations to habitat loss and creation: extinction debts and colonisation creditsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Speciation Dynamics in Wallacea: Implications for Conservation on SulawesiDetails
QUADRAT DTP: The cost of being a fussy eater – Oligolectic pollinators and environmental changeDetails
QUADRAT DTP: The genomic basis of environmental resilience and vertical zonation in the intertidal rocky shoreDetails
QUADRAT DTP: The potential impact of Zero Budget Natural Farming in India on food availability, poverty alleviation and soil degradationDetails
QUADRAT DTP: The role of sexual selection in facilitating rapid adaptation to climate changeDetails

University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences

QUADRAT DTP CASE: Sustainable Resilience to Coastal Erosion: Innovative Approaches to Protection of Assets Along Coastlines at RiskDetails
QUADRAT DTP CASE: The interaction between carbonates, igneous intrusions and CO2 in the ocean systemDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Automated soil profiling: identification of soil characteristics using Machine Learning and image analysisDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Chronology and Changing Cultures on the Mongolian SteppeDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Climate change impacts on seasonal water storage and flow: implications for environmental managementDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Climate Change in the Medieval Northern World and its impact on Respiratory HealthDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Co-evolution of Earth and Life: are land plants good for coral reefs?Details
QUADRAT DTP: Environment, Diet and Oral Health in Early Historic Ireland and ScotlandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Environmental ancient DNA analysis of Lateglacial and Early Holocene contexts in Ireland and ScotlandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Exploring the potential of multi-tissue sulphur and strontium isotope analysis and isoscape modelling to reconstruct past faunal movementsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Improved pattern recognition in environmental signals using machine learningDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Mitigating the impacts of environmental change on cultural heritage using drone-based survey techniquesDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Monitoring environmental change with ambient seismic noiseDetails
QUADRAT DTP: New methods for the ’visualisation’ of dynamic and multi-dimensional data in Earth and environmental systemsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Precious metals of the AnthropoceneDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Quantifying carbon accumulation and loss in Russian Arctic peatlandsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Trace element behaviour in surface environments on enriched shales, Britain and IrelandDetails

Queen’s University Belfast, School of Biological Sciences

QUADRAT DTP CASE: The role of biodiversity in mitigating parasite impacts in farmed landscapesDetails
QUADRAT DTP CASE: Understanding and predicting the success of alien freshwater fishDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Can pollutant transfer through benthic elasmobranch food-chains be related to their feeding ecology?Details
QUADRAT DTP: Energetics and survival of an apex predator - the African lion - in a rapidly changing environmentDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Genomics approaches to explore the secrets of remarkable plants: Soil/root microbiome interaction and edaphic stress adaptationDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Global profiles of species declines and success in the era of climate changeDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Greening cities: how do street trees contribute to urban biodiversity and ecosystem functions?Details
QUADRAT DTP: Identifying Environmental Factors for Soil Transmitted and Food Borne Helminth Diseases in Border Regions of Northern ThailandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Microbial social lives: A multi-scale systems approach to decode microbial metabolic networksDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Temperature regulation of crop - rhizosphere ecologyDetails
QUADRAT DTP: The effects of maternal stress on offspring survival in the fallow deerDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Tropical Marine Biodiversity: Solving the taxonomic bottlenecks to environmental impact assessmentsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Unravelling the freshwater microbial phosphorus cycleDetails

Queen’s University Belfast, School of Natural and Built Environment

QUADRAT DTP CASE: Geotechnical Properties of Glacial Tills: Engineering and Environmental ApplicationsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Assessing the restoration of UK Carbon sinks using geophysics and microbiologyDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Dynamics of carbon capture in Scottish and Irish peatlands over the past centuriesDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Investigating the timing and causes of nitrogen cycle changes in Bronze Age IrelandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Investigation of the growth of molds (fungi and bacteria) in bio-based materials made from agro-waste foodDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Landscapes of Production: Exploring the Palaeaoenvironmental Context of Stone Tool Quarrying, Manufacture, Use and Deposition on Neolithic ShetlandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Medical Geology: The Impact of the Natural Environment on Health in Past Populations from Ireland and ScotlandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: PALLADIA: ParAíba do suL deLtA seDImentary dynAmicsDetails
QUADRAT DTP: Source-to-sink dynamics and palaeo-environment reconstruction from a dynamically evolving glacial forelandDetails
QUADRAT DTP: The impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on cyanobacteria blooms in lakesDetails
QUADRAT: Multidisciplinary Quantification Ecosystem Services to Streams, Provided by Formerly Afforested Blanket Bog.Details

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