PhD Exemplar Projects

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1st Supervisor Inst. Project Title Theme 2nd Supervisor Inst.
Alexander, David UCL Evaluating earthquake information in the light of public needs Pan-disciplinary Studies Kelman, Ilan UCL
Andres, Aida UCL Adaptation to zoonotic SIV across primates Evolution & Adaptation Yang, Ziheng UCL
Arroyo-Kalin, Manuel UCL Raised fields of Amapá, Northern Brazil – an investigation of a pre-Columbian agricultural system Past Life & Environments Fuller, Dorian UCL
Aruliah, Anasuya UCL Structures and energetics of the auroral upper atmosphere and ionosphere Natural & Biological Hazards
Axmacher, Jan UCL Nocturnal pollinators in agro-ecosystems Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Sayer, Carl UCL
Axmacher, Jan UCL Aquatic-terrestrial linkages in a UK / European context – The role of freshwater ecosystems in enhancing terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem services Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Newbold, Tim UCL
Baas, Andreas KCL Soil Erosion by Wind and Land-Use Decisions by Farmers Explored with Agent Based Modelling Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Millington, James KCL
Baas, Andreas KCL Aeolian Bedform Mobility on Earth and Mars Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Grindrod, Peter NHM
Bähler, Jürg UCL The evolution of environmental plasticity Evolution & Adaptation Reuter, Max UCL
Ballmer, Maxim UCL The initial condition for the long-term evolution of terrestrial planets Solid Earth Dynamics Brodholt, John UCL
Ballmer, Maxim UCL The seismic signals of the heterogeneous Earth mantle Solid Earth Dynamics Koelemeijer, Paula UCL
Ballmer, Maxim UCL The dynamics of mantle plumes, and their geophysical and geochemical expressions Solid Earth Dynamics Ferreira, Ana UCL
Barnes, Ian NHM Tracking historical dynamics of pathogens in bumblebees: linking disease to declines Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Brown, Mark RHUL
Barrett, Paul NHM Cryptic diversity and dinosaur evolutionary history Past Life & Environments Mannion, Philip UCL
Baynes, Alice Brunel Molluscs: We need to understand them, to protect them from pollution Environmental Hazards & Pollution Jobling, Susan Brunel
Bennion, Helen UCL Ghost lakes and ponds: The role of buried wetland deposits in rare aquatic plant conservation Past Life & Environments Sayer, Carl UCL
Bourne, Anna QMUL Creating a tephrochronological framework for linking climate, environmental change and human colonisation of the South Pacific. Past Life & Environments Lewis, Simon George QMUL
Bradley, James QMUL Microbial life and activity on glaciers and in Arctic soils Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Jungblut, Anne D. NHM
Bradley, James QMUL Microbial survival in the energy-limited deep biosphere. Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Spencer, Kate QMUL
Brantut, Nicolas UCL Role of fluids during faulting Solid Earth Dynamics Meredith, Phil UCL
Brekke, Patricia IOZ Ageing in the wild and how to manage it Evolution & Adaptation Balloux, Francois UCL
Briant, Rebecca BBK Reconstructing multiple high sea level events in the Channel – the records from southwest England and south Wales Past Life & Environments Roberts, Gerald BBK
Bridle, Jon UCL Evolution to the rescue? Understanding the evolution of plant behaviour in response to climate change Evolution & Adaptation Sumner, Seirian UCL
Bridle, Jon UCL Testing the role of evolution in ecological resilience: investigating genomic convergence in historical and recent climate adaptation in European butterflies and moths Evolution & Adaptation Nichols, Richard QMUL
Brierley, Chris UCL Past2Future climate simulations Past Life & Environments Guillas, Serge UCL
Briol, Francois-Xavier UCL Using machine learning to predict the response to solar geoengineering Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Irvine, Peter UCL
Bristow, Charlie BBK Three-dimensional analysis of englacial channels in Alpine valley glaciers Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Davies, Bethan RHUL
Brodholt, John UCL The deep nitrogen cycle – nitrogen storage in the subduction system Solid Earth Dynamics Thomson, Andrew UCL
Brown, Mark RHUL Evolutionary ecology of social insects and their parasites Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation
Brown, Mark RHUL Saving a higher buzz: research-driven conservation of the shrill carder bumblebee Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Williams, Paul NHM
Brummitt, Neil NHM Plants and their traits: major axes of specialization Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Catford, Jane KCL
Brummitt, Neil NHM Can ecological biomes be defined by the traits of the plants found there? Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Mulligan, Mark KCL
Burningham, Helene UCL Vulnerability of coastal habitats to climate change and anthropogenic intervention Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Thompson, Julian UCL
Burningham, Helene UCL Late-Holocene coastal change in northwest Europe Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Turner, Simon UCL
Candy, Ian RHUL Testing the impact of abrupt climate change on prehistoric societies Past Life & Environments Matthews, Ian RHUL
Catford, Jane KCL The Future of Alien Invasions: the impact of rates of introduction, and introduction bias, on the richness and composition of alien assemblages Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Blackburn, Tim UCL
Chatterjee, Helen UCL Predicting human impacts and environmental change on Southeast Asian biodiversity: past, present and future Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Turvey, Samuel IOZ
Colombaroli, Daniele RHUL Palaeo-biodiversity reconstructions from integrated fossil vegetation and faunal assemblages to inform biodiversity conservation Past Life & Environments Schreve, Danielle RHUL
Cuadros, Javier NHM Dynamics of Plio-Pleistocene environments in East Africa through the study of clay sediments Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
Cunningham, Andrew IOZ Informing Critically Endangered giant salamander conservation in China Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Frantz, Laurent QMUL
Davies, Bethan RHUL Multiproxy quantification of Late Glacial rates and magnitudes of palaeo-ice sheet change on the Antrim Plateau, Northern Ireland. Past Life & Environments Blockley, Simon RHUL
Davies, Bethan RHUL Glacier dynamics in the Brooks Range, Alaska Past Life & Environments Thorndycraft, Varyl RHUL
Dawson, Terry KCL Rewilding Scotland: Reconciling biodiversity conservation with ecosystem services provision Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Pettorelli, Nathalie IOZ
Day, Julia UCL Using eDNA to investigate the biodiversity and genetics of tropical reef fishes Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Yesson, Chris IOZ
Dessimoz, Christophe UCL Resolving Deep Animal Phylogenies Through Genome-wide Maximum Likelihood Phylogenetic Inference Evolution & Adaptation Telford, Max UCL
Di Tommaso, Devis QMUL Fundamental Studies of Mineral Carbonation with Application to CO2 Sequestration Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
Disney, Mathias UCL 3D measurements to explain forest structure and function Pan-disciplinary Studies Lewis, Philip UCL
Disney, Mathias UCL New approaches to measuring and valuing urban forests Pan-disciplinary Studies Lewis, Philip UCL
dos Reis, Mario QMUL Fossil morphology and genomic data to study species divergences through time. Evolution & Adaptation
Eggleton, Paul NHM Functional diversity of termites across the tropics: linking pattern and process Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Sumner, Seirian UCL
Engels, Stefan BBK Reconstructing long-term trends in NW European insect biodiversity using subfossil chironomids Past Life & Environments Matthews, Ian RHUL
Foley, Aideen BBK Enhancing the accuracy, precision, and usefulness of ENSO forecasts for disaster risk reduction Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Kelman, Ilan UCL
Ford, Heather QMUL Past intermediate and deep ocean circulation during sustained periods of warmth Past Life & Environments
Ford, Heather QMUL Reconstructing Indian Ocean climate variability over the last 125,000 years Past Life & Environments Brierley, Chris UCL
Fox, Matthew UCL Rates of drainage network evolution measured with detrital data and inverse methods Solid Earth Dynamics Vermeesch, Pieter UCL
Fox, Matthew UCL Glacial erosion in the tropics: The Santa Marta Range, southern Caribbean Solid Earth Dynamics Carter, Andrew BBK
Francis, Rob KCL Water quality impacts of chicken farms along the River Wye Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Chadwick, Michael KCL
Frantz, Laurent QMUL Developing the Role of Museum Collections in Mammalian Conservation Genomics: SE Asia as a Case Study Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Barnes, Ian NHM
Garner, Trenton IOZ Genomics of invasion: did invasive newts bring the ‘world’s worst infectious disease’ to Britain? Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Faulkner, Sally Catherine QMUL
Gomez-Robles, Aida UCL Hominin brain evolution in a comparative context Evolution & Adaptation Soligo, Christophe UCL
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