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The magnitude and impacts of historic ocean acidification revealed by boron isotope analysis of rhodolith-forming coralline algae


Ocean and Earth Science

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Prof J Brodie , Prof Gavin Foster No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The Natural History Museum is offering one joint PhD studentship with the University of Southampton, starting on 1 November 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates (first degree results at least 2:1) and the studentship is only open to those who qualify for ‘Home’ tuition fees (UK/EU residence).

Deadline for applications: 19 September 2014. See below for project details and application instructions.
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Studentship details:

The aim of this project is to use the boron isotope-pH proxy in encrusting coralline algae as a means to directly quantify ocean acidification over the recent past (ca. 100 yrs) for several regions deemed particularly high risk (e.g. the high latitudes) and couple this with measurements of rhodolith coralline algae calcification, to directly determine how acidification over the last 100 years or so has already impacted this important species.

Full details can be found here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/resources-rx/files/brodie_foster-project-132562.pdf


Essential requirements
• First degree (at least 2:1 final result) in a relevant subject
• Demonstrated competence in statistics and the use of statistical software (including graphics)
• Ability to work alone for prolonged periods, while also being able to contribute as part of a team
• Good observational skills and manual dexterity
• Good oral and written communication skills

Desirable requirements
• Masters degree (passed at good level) in a relevant subject


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