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Palaeontology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

We have 23 Palaeontology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  Devonian Tropical Plant Assemblages from Arctic Svalbard
  Dr C Berry
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019
Project Background. The Devonian period (419-359 million years ago) is the critical time in Earth history when land plants evolved from being ankle high simple branched naked twigs to being leafy trees growing in complex forest ecosystems (Stein et al.
  Dinoflagellate cysts and palaeoenvironmental change during Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events: a study of OAE1a
  Prof I Jarvis, Prof G Gillmore
Applications accepted all year round
This project will study Cretaceous dinoflagellate cysts. It seeks to understand relationships between dinocysts, a proxy for marine nutrient availability and organic zooplankton fertility, and episodes of black shale (petroleum source rock) deposition during Oceanic Anoxic Events (OAEs) in the mid-Cretaceous.
  From Greenhouse to Icehouse: Past changes in southern hemisphere vegetation and the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet (Advert Reference: RDF19/EE/GES/SALZMANN)
  Dr U Salzmann
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019
How stable were Antarctic Ice Sheets during warm climate intervals in the past? What are the main events and processes controlling Antarctic climate and how are they related to global environmental change? The polar regions play a key role in our understanding of environmental change in a future warmer-than-present world.
  Sediment flux in and around the Sør Rondans Mountains in East Antarctica (RDF19/EE/GES/WINTER)
  Dr K Winter
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019
Sediments in glacial systems can alter frictional stress at the glacier bed, modify ice flow speeds and change ice flow direction through long-term erosive processes.
  Brain evolution in pre-mammalian cynodonts and the role of intraspecific variation
  Dr S Lautenschlager
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
Modern mammals are distinguished from other vertebrate groups by a number of distinctive characters, which include the trend towards a large brain (in comparison to body size) and an expanded neocortex.
  Drivers of marine ecosystem change during an ancient abrupt global warming event
  Dr K Edgar, Dr R Butler
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
The Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) ~56 million years ago, is the largest of a series of abrupt global warming events known from the Cenozoic.
  Evolution and phylogenetic relationships of the early cerapodan dinosaurs
  Dr R Butler
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
Cerapodans are a major group of herbivorous bipedal and quadrupedal ornithischian dinosaurs that dominated the terrestrial herbivorous niche during the Cretaceous.
  Machine Learning In Biostratigraphy
  Dr I Boomer
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
Quantitative or semi-quantitative biostratigraphic data (microfossil occurrences in well and outcrop samples) are routinely collected within the hydrocarbon industry, but the interpretation of the data in terms of age/biozone and palaeoenvironment (which then feeds into other aspects of the exploration process) can be laborious, requiring access to specialist knowledge.
  New North Atlantic Palaeo-Temperature Reconstruction from Terrestrial Sedimentary Archives: Implications for the Influence of the Icelandic Plume on Oceanic Circulation and Climate
  Dr S Jones, Dr J Bendle
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
The Icelandic Plume is the most vigorous mantle convection cell within Earth’s mantle at present. The Greenland-Scotland Ridge (GSR) is the hotspot track of the Icelandic Plume and forms one of the most important gateways in the global circulation system.
  The ones that got away: diversification and dispersal in the first neopterygians
  Dr S Giles, Dr Z Johanson
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
Neopterygians are a major vertebrate group of over 30,000 extant taxa comprising two radiations. holosteans, with fewer than 10 living species; and teleosts, with over 30,000 living species.
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