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Marine Mammal Ecotoxicology

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Exposure to persistent organic pollutants such has been shown to cause reproductive failure in wild seals and other aquatic mammal species and endocrine disruptive toxic mechanisms are believed to be involved. Impaired reproductive capacity exacerbates the ability of marine mammal populations to recover from other threats such as climate change, over-fishing, hunting and habitat destruction. The project aims to study receptor-level interaction of pollutants with sex hormone receptors in marine mammal reproductive tissues, and to undertake population bio-monitoring of pollutant exposure and sex hormone concentrations in wild seals. This work will be in collaboration with the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospitals.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)

How good is research at Brunel University London in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 16.20

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