About the Project
This HydroNation PhD studentship will address this crucial research gap in an interdisciplinary, policy relevant project that brings together landscape ecology, hydrology and fisheries science. The work will integrate field-based monitoring and “state-of-the art” environmental modelling to assess the impact of alternative forest strategies on the hydrological and thermal regimes of streams draining contrasting catchments (e.g. upland vs. lowland). These model outputs will then be used to project what the effects on fish densities are likely to be. The work will draw on the support and supervisory expertise of Scotland’s leading centres for hydrological research (Prof. Chris Soulsby, University of Aberdeen), land use science (Dr Alessandro Gimona, Hutton Institute) and fisheries management (Dr Iain Malcolm, Marine Scotland Science). This will provide an interdisciplinary framework for PhD training that will focus on policy-relevant science in the context of building resilience to climate change.
We invite applications from highly motivated candidates with interests in interdisciplinary environmental science and strong interests in environmental modelling. The successful applicant will have a 1st or 2.1 class degree in a relevant subject (e.g. environmental science, environmental engineering, ecology, geoscience etc.); qualification at Masters level may be an advantage.
Applicants are strongly advised to make an informal enquiry about the PhD to the primary supervisor well before the final submission deadline. Applicants must send a completed application form (available here: https://www.hydronationscholars.scot/apply), their Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter to the primary supervisor by the final submission deadline of 8th January.
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