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Water and nutrient efficiencies in innovative forest management practice

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  • Full or part time
    Prof S Krause
    Dr S Ullah
    Dr N Kettridge
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated candidate to join our team as a PhD student in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) at the University of Birmingham. Researching at a new development linked to the BIFoR FACE facility, the successful student will test new forest irrigation and fertilisation techniques that aim to maximise productivity for the UK forestry sector; quantifying water and nutrient use efficiencies of replanted deciduous tree species in the experimental catchment. Specifically, this research will involve the design and set-up up of experimental plots in a replanted forest, irrigated and fertilized with nutrient rich water, tracking the water and nutrient uptake efficiencies by plants and evaluating the impact of fertilization on water and carbon cycles. This research will deploy a range of advanced ecohydrology and biogeochemistry techniques including isotope tracing of water and nutrients in the field and in the laboratory.
Training will be provided to the candidate in mastering the diverse range of techniques throughout the PhD. In addition to engaging extensively with the wider research of the School and BIFoR, the successful student will also have opportunities to attend and participate in the diverse training opportunities in the school on topics including time management, communication, writing and resource management skills.
Interested applicants should hold a good BSc degree (2:1) or Masters degrees (desirable) in environmental sciences, ecology, hydrology, soil science, engineering or chemistry or other relevant subjects. Students with an experience of research at undergraduate or Masters levels are encouraged to apply. An ability to work independently and as part of a team and willing to travel to local field sites for research is required.
The supervisory team for this studentship includes Prof. Stefan Krause, Dr Sami Ullah and Dr Nick Kettridge. This specific studentship is a fully funded by the JABBS Foundation and the University of Birmingham.

Funding Notes

Fully funded PhD project - JABBS Foundation/University of Birmingham

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