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Integrating Historical Research into Antarctic Ecology - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Howkins
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site has been working in Antarctica for the past 26 years. Recent work has focused on understanding ecosystem response to a changing climate. This research opportunity would allow the student to develop an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on using historical research to inform the ecological science of the site. There is some flexibility on the exact nature of the project, but some familiarity with GIS and/or Social Network Analysis would enable the research student to build on recent work we have been doing.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to work with closely with an environmental historian at the University of Bristol to put into practice an interdisciplinary approach to understanding environmental change. The LTER site is a well known in the polar science community, and this research project offers an opportunity to be part of an international team committed to inter-disciplinary research.

About You
As noted above, some familiarity with GIS and/or Social Network Analysis (Gephi) would open possibilities for developing a project that connects to recent work we have been doing. But more broadly a commitment to undertake some form of historical research and a willingness to work in creative ways are the main attributes needed for this project.

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

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