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PhD in tropical conservation: Quantifying the impacts of mining on tropical biodiversity

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

About the Project

Mining is the most luctrative industry globally, with rapid expansion of mines predicted accross the tropics. This expansion will drive deforestation within the mine itself and through interaction with socio-economic development outside of the mine. A key question is how the expansion of mining will impact biodiversity during mine development and after mine abandonment, and this PhD will quantify these impacts at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

A PhD student on this project will employ field sampling, advanced statistical methods and/or remote sensing to explore the effects of mining on tropical biodiversity. We have experience working on mining and regeneration of secondary forest across the tropics and across vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, allowing the student to explore mining impacts across a range of taxa and spatial and temporal scales. This research will answer questions with strong applied importance to provide the evidence base for improved land management across the tropics.

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. Candidates will be invited for interview on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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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