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Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystems

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

About the Project

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We are particularly interested in the impacts of climate change on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, and how this affects ecosystem feedback to climate through changing uptake and release of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane (

This work includes understanding how changes in biodiversity drive the ecosystem level responses. Projects will suit those with an enthusiasm for understanding climate change impacts on plants or soils, and for combining field and lab based research. We will provide training in a diversity of methodologies for assessing ecosystem responses, from traditional survey and measurement techniques, through to advanced gas flux and hyperspectral analyses, plant physiology and soil chemistry.

Science Graduate School

As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you will get access to training opportunities of the Science Graduate School designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You will be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience the breadth of technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit to learn more.

Funding Notes

Applicants will need to obtain funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses. The applicant should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject

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