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ONEPlanet DTP - A good season for slowing down? Exploring land snails responses to seasonal changes (OP2167)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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About the Project

Climate is defined not by annual means but by annual cycle and seasonal distribution of variables (e.g.: temperature and rainfall). Global warming scenario prompts investigation of past seasonal changes but the number of continental archives with adequate resolution is limited. Forming their calcium carbonate (CaCO3) shells land snails record ambient temperature and signature of environmental water. Importantly land snails are nocturnal animals, inactive when the temperature drops below 10C or rises above 27C. These ecological constraints which might vary locally and between different snail genera are rarely verified when using shells for paleoreconstruction. You are about to change it.
This project combines monitoring snails in their in natural environment, isotope analyses of modern and subfossil shells from different climatic zones at different resolution, testing novel sampling approches, working with large online datasets and critical assessment of previously published data. You will be working with international experets in the field, and will have access to a large sample collection. You will be trained in state-of-the-art isotope methods at Northumbria University laboratories and abroad. You will enhance your scientific field- and lab skills, and present your research at international meetings and workshops. Your results will be published in high-ranked international journals.

Funding Notes

Each of our studentship awards include 3.5 years of fees (Home/EU), an annual living allowance (£15,285) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).

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