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This project will look at the relation between arsenic and phosphorus species to constrain the use of arsenite as a proxy of phosphate limitation. Field studies, laboratory experiments and numerical modeling will take place at varying degrees, depending on the results and research interests of the student. At the core of this exciting project is a fully funded cruise that will sample the subtropical North-Atlantic, crossing key gradients in phosphate concentrations . After training, the successful candidate will measure arsenate, arsenite and total arsenic at sea. By making use of the parallel measurements of phosphate, DOP, APA, as well as the trace metals zinc and iron (which may regulate APA), the student will explore how the coupling between arsenite and phosphorus cycling varies across the subtropical North Atlantic, leading towards mapping the extent of phosphorus limitation. These may be augmented by laboratory studies of arsenic toxicity and cycling using phytoplankton cultures or experiments to assess the residence time of arsenite under different environmental conditions. Ultimately a broader data synthesis of implementation of modeling experiments will permit the results of this exciting study to be placed into a wider context.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with relevant marine, chemical and/or biological background. She/He will be working and trained with world leading experts in the area of marine biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry and numerical modeling. He/She will benefit from numerous training opportunities inherent to the Doctoral Training Partnership that joins expertise from Liverpool, Manchester and the National Oceanographic Centre. The student will be part of the third cohort of enthusiastic DTP PhD students and will develop strong interdisciplinary skills through specific training programs, research seminars and an emulating research environment.
Competitive tuition fee, research costs and stipend (£14,056 tax free) from the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership “Understanding the Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean” (DTP website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/studentships-earth-atmosphere-ocean/) led by the University of Liverpool, the National Oceanographic Centre and the University of Manchester. The studentship is granted for a period of 42 months. Further details on eligibility, how to apply, deadlines for applications and interview dates can be found on the website. EU students are eligible for a fee-only award.
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