2024 Studentships

Studentship projects for cohort 2024/25.

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Available studentships for the 2024/25 cohort will be added here throughout September and October 2023. Applications will open in November 2023.

Do organic-mineral interactions increase or decrease greenhouse gas release from rivers?

The contribution of mesopelagic fish to the functioning of the Southern Ocean Ecosystem in a changing climate – an isotopic study.

In hot water: How will climate-driven water level changes impact lakes?

Habitat restoration planning: Investigating the synergism between biochemical and acoustic cues for successful settlement of native European oysters

The importance of location of origin for wildflower seed mixes

Stability controls in subsurface interfaces subjected to thermal and mechanical actions

Developing quantitative predictive models of ignimbrite sheet architecture: implications for hazards at modern volcanoes

Carbon capture and storage: can a transdisciplinary framework for environmental impact assessment deliver a fair and equitable net-zero carbon future?

Climate-changing volcanic eruptions from magma source to ice core archives: a sulfur isotope perspective

Reconciling evidence with management to mitigate impacts from hunting pressure in tropical forests

The preservation of volcanic ash from Iceland in northern Scotland

Linking landscapes and livelihoods: the impact of deforestation on food security in Uganda

Understanding conservation conflicts: combining the habitat-to-population framework and participatory approaches

Investigating records of terrestrial precursors in the early Solar System using Cr, Ni and Zn isotope compositions of meteorites

Detecting and assessing the impact of unregulated discharges into river systems through next generation Earth observation

Developing a spatio-temporal species distribution modelling framework for combining species distribution data

Grounds for an Equitable Transition

Manganese and its role in (de)stabilizing aquatic carbon from land to ocean

Transforming fractures – coupling deformation, heat and fluid flow within the Earth’s evolving oceanic lithosphere

Urban biodiversity and human respiratory health

Magmatic processes in mushy systems via coupled stable-radiogenic strontium isotopes

Assessing floods and droughts using satellite radar data

The impact of abrupt global warming on soil erosion and the carbon cycle – lessons from the past for the future

Quantifying fluvial geomorphic change in response to changing glacier dynamics

Post-earthquake landslide hazard and risk: developing tools to anticipate legacy hazards in seismically damaged rock slopes

Prediction of physical properties of marine sediments from geophysical and geotechnical data

The Lake District Legacy: Tracking and tracing past, present and future delivery of contaminated sediment from historic mining headwater catchments

Anthropogenic contaminants in alpine glaciers: assessing the environmental risk of contaminant accumulation and future release

Elucidating the function of lasso peptides in bacterial cell-cell communication

Palaeoglacier and palaeoclimate reconstructions in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District, Patagonia

Can land and soil restoration help control flooding?

Improving modern sea-level estimates in tectonically active regions.

Understanding the ecological interplay between tree planting and natural colonisation processes to create future forests

Investigating the geomicrobiology of mercury methylation in northern peatlands

Development and Evolution of Spider Eyes

Flax forever: the possibility of immortality in the meristems of an annual plant

Unravelling the ecological mysteries of freshwater marl lakes: What is their blue carbon potential?

Antarctic palaeo-ice streams and their pan-Antarctic glacial geological record

Molecular mechanisms of repeated adaptive divergences in Arctic charr

Getting to the core of the Great Glen Fault

Tipping the balance: quantifying physical and chemical drivers of bedrock channel erosion

Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Ice Hazard Risk Mitigation and Research

Understanding water security and multi-hazards in volcanic Islands: a case of Tristan da Cunha

The effects of climate warming and heatwaves on in situ benthic marine community development

Relict Landscapes as Archives of Past Climatic and Tectonic Conditions

Coastal climate resilience: exploring the value of geodiverse and biodiverse hotspots

Shining the light on long-term patterns of sediment cover in bedrock channels

Mineral-microbe transformations in carbon critical environments

The generation of protocells on iron minerals at ancient alkaline hydrothermal vents

Investigating landscape response to active faulting and earthquakes

How does urbanisation shape biodiversity? Integrating spatial and temporal dimensions

Long-term Stability of Mountain Transition Zones: a source-to-sink perspective

Underground heat storage in abandoned coals mines for Net Zero

When blue spaces turn brown: understanding the influence of poor water quality on blue health (dis)benefits

Impact of climate change on the northern Greenland Ice Sheet over the Late Cenozoic based on a novel geochemical technique

Scottish seagrass Soundscapes: development of acoustics as a tool to monitor their health, role and restoration

The rocks of the future: lithification of anthropogenic geomaterials in the Anthropocene

Palaeoenvironmental changes during the Holocene in south-west Guinea-Bissau: a record of the intertropical convergence zone

Genomics of plant-herbivore coevolution: testing arms race and Red Queen dynamics in the Passion flowers – Heliconius butterfly system

Algae in Loch Leven: Using nanopore sequencing and field work to study algal resting stages and their role in bloom formation and climate change resilience

Maternal care as a provider of adaptive behavioural, neural, and morphological diversity

Modelling the impact of submarine melting on tidewater glaciers

Detecting the signature of environmental change in partially observed ecological networks

Resilient Coastal Communities: Nature-based Solutions to Mitigate Compound Flood Risks

Deep Earth volatiles and the story of Earth’s water

Implications of climate change for geomorphological process and hazard cascades in glaciated catchments of central Patagonia

Past ocean oxygen and pH changes

Anthropogenic stress cocktails within river sediments

Using life histories to forecast how coldblooded animals respond to environmental change

Drone and satellite remote sensing to support catchment scale monitoring of biocontrol of invasive plant species.

Volcanological and Petrological Controls on Eruptions at El Salvador’s most Active Volcano

A Central European monthly-scale temperature and rainfall reconstruction over the past millennium

Rapid deglaciation and sea-level change on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Refining dietary interpretation of archaeological humans in the Holocene of northwestern Europe using paired apatite and collagen carbon isotopes

Holistic assessment of pressures causing the decline of critically endangered freshwater pearl mussels and development of catchment-based solutions

Drivers and impacts of extreme high temperature events over coastal Antarctica

Modelling oak response to climate change and disturbance

Tracking past sea-level change In Western Scotland with a novel multi-proxy approach

Ancient climate signals in supergene minerals

Understanding the role of complexity and diversity in riparian woodland resilience to extreme events

Combining fieldwork and modelling to understand the migration of the Pied Flycatcher

The effects climate-related stressors on sleep and associated behavioural and physiological consequences in fish

Using genomics to evolve our understanding of the phylogeographic history of the Galapagos giant tortoise radiation

The Ocean’s Evolution: Deciphering Circulation Changes Since the Last Glacial Maximum

Biogeochemical cycle of perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) on grazing land treated with biosolids.

Reactivation and mineralisation associated with the Lake District Boundary Fault

Uncertain simulations: towards probabilistic modelling for earthquake early warning

POPP: Persistent Organic Pollutants in Peatlands

Investigating past changes in Greenland melting and its impacts on ocean circulation as a key to the future.

Investigating multiple causes of saltmarsh compaction – how important is biodegradation?

Monitoring Scotland’s fresh waters from space: re-engineering the state-of-art using artificial intelligence

The tactics of rheotaxis: movements of higher vertebrate predators in relation to Southern Ocean currents

Population genomics and spatial dynamics of Wild Goats

Earthquake Detection, Classification and Forecasting with Machine Learning

Exploring the links between coastal pollution and marine die-off events in NE England

Uncovering the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems through the lens of animal behaviour

A metallogenic model for lithium and rare metal resources in the Glen Gairn granite

Understanding the changing fortunes of Britain’s rarest breeding birds using 50 years of ecological data

Applying social network and personality trait analyses to understanding and managing human-macaque sympatry in urban Singapore

Impacts of marine protected areas on human wellbeing

Migratory geomagnetic navigation as a spatial optimisation problem

Social dynamics and acoustic communication in Iberian magpies

Achondrite meteorites as snapshots of Earth’s earliest history

Drivers and resilience of urchin barrens in UK kelp forests

Sea ice evolution and ecosystem responses recorded by Antarctic seabirds

Understanding the where, when, and why of forest mortality in Mediterranean Chile

Why are we not making soil? Learning lessons from the historic anthropogenic soils of UK and Germany

Conserving the Tansy Beetle: How can endangered species persist in dynamic habitat networks?

(How) does active basal hydrology influence the onset of ice stream flow?

Tropical delta lake ecosystems in transition: investigating the multi-stressor impacts of humans and climate change on aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry on the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta

Impact of environmental change on the dynamics of freshwater zooplankton and their parasites

Tracing Anthropogenic Impacts on Water Quality with Metal Isotopes in North East England

Occupancy and density of the badger (Meles meles) in Britain

Heatwave dynamics on decadal timescales: mechanisms and predictability

Horse power: hoofed animals as agents of rewilding

Quantifying the impacts of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) on urban air quality, health, inequalities and wellbeing

Transforming landscapes: the role of large herbivores in Holocene ecosystem dynamics

Black & Blue: The dynamics of black carbon in fluvial networks.

Compound Floods: Fluvial and Surface Water Flood Nature based Solutions

Mud Volcanoes as windows to subduction zone processes; slab devolatilisation and mantle serpentinisation in the Mariana forearc

Late Quaternary glaciation and ice sheet-ocean interaction on the Faroes-Shetland margin

Conservation Challenges in a Changing World: Human Impacts on Ecosystem Resilience and Wildlife Movement

Mobilising Palaeoecology for Local Nature Recovery: Using temporal land-use and ecological data to inform sustainable agriculture and landscape recovery schemes in the Lake District National Park

From Sink to Source: Using Stream Sediment Geochemistry for Element Concentration Maps for Indonesia

Baring their Teeth – Disease and Diet Mediated Competition between Native and Introduced Shrews

Examining the impact of radioactive stressors on plants-pathogen interactions

Active deformation and landscape evolution in the western Ordos, northern China

Carbon sequestration processes in the rusty carbon sink

Phanerozoic CO2 and Mass Extinctions

Environmental change and the coral biomineralisation response in the Central Pacific over the last 500ka

History of tropical peatland vegetation: controls on the recent development of peatland pole forest in Peruvian Amazonia

Using ecoacoustics to assess the biodiversity value of woodland creation sites

Hot Rocks: Calcium carbonate production in a warming ocean

Peat-forming seasonally flooded forests of the Peruvian Amazon: distribution, carbon storage, and long-term ecology

Assessing the eco-hydrological and geomorphic effects of floodplain restoration.

Rewilding: cascading effects of reduced grazing on upland food webs

Predicting Mosquito Vector Dynamics and Disease Risk in Scotland’s Changing Climate

Investigating the links between sea ice and Antarctic outlet glacier dynamics

Can artificial intelligence improve flood risk management?

Genomic insights into the radiation of rubyspot damselflies

Machine Learning for Innovative Slope Design to Radically Decarbonise Open Pit Mining

The Molecular Blueprint for Marine Biomineralization in a Changing Climate

How does ice flow enhancement and rearrangement impact the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

Integrating Earth Observation data and modelling to prevent malaria outbreaks in changing environments

Modelling landscape-level approaches for mitigating the evolution of pesticide resistance

How does climate change impact reindeers? Reconstructing Arctic environments using lipid biomarkers in lake sediments.

Nutrient and carbon behaviour accompanying afforestation in Iceland and France