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Can Glacial Flour Stimulate N Cycling in Croplands? - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J L Wadham
    Dr F Sgouridis
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Glacial flour produced from the erosive force of glaciers contains a multitude of minerals that if applied to cropland soils it could chemically weather in situ, potentially increasing soil fertility and reducing the need for chemical fertilisers. Glacial sediments are well known to contain N cycling micro-organisms but little is known about the capacity of glacial flour to stimulate processes such as nitrogen fixation, nitrification and denitrification in cropland soils, which can in turn affect the N availability for crop production. This project will look at the microbial nitrogen activity in glacial flour-amended soils by using state-of-the art stable isotope probing techniques.

Why Choose this Opportunity
The student will receive training in state-of-the art stable isotope techniques, soil and sediment nutrient analysis and will form part of a vibrant team researching nutrient cycling in glaciers.

About You
Some experience in nutrient analysis would be advantageous although training will be provided.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

How good is research at University of Bristol in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?
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FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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