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Impact of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion on Bamboo Sharks (GCRF)

Project Description

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a promising clean and renewable process that can produce electricity using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean waters and warm tropical surface waters. To facilitate this, OTEC plants pump large quantities of deep cold seawater to the surface to power electricity producing turbines.

This study will investigate the developmental, physiological, epigenetic and ecological implications of OTEC discharge on the vulnerable, warm water, bamboo shark, in the Port Dickson region of Malaysia. The student will spend 50% of their time in Manchester learning in vivo physiology and cutting edge ‘omic techniques, and 50% of their time in Malaysia conducting field and lab based measurements of bamboo shark populations and their response to thermal and hypoxic challenges presented by OTEC technologies. Upon completion, and in addition to PGcert Teacher training, the student will have contributed to a project with direct implications for OTEC plants in Malaysia and around the world, whilst providing novel information on the environmental plasticity of this important benthic shark which may serve as a sentinel for coastal sharks globally.

Entry Requirements
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area / subject.

If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Cardiovascular Sciences. Full details on how to apply can be found on the GCRF website https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/golden/gcrf/

Funding Notes

The GCRF PhD studentship programme is a 4 year programme with integrated teaching certificate. There are up to 12 studentships available. Applicants can apply to one project which will start in either April or September 2020.

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance.

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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