PhD Exemplar Projects

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1st Supervisor Inst. Project Title Theme 2nd Supervisor Inst.
Abzhanov, Arkhat NHM Diversity of pterosaur crania from phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspectives Evolution & Adaptation Hone, David QMUL
Alexander, David UCL Evaluating earthquake information in the light of public needs Pan-disciplinary Studies Kelman, Ilan 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
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
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
Baynes, Alice Brunel Molluscs: We need to understand them, to protect them from pollution Environmental Hazards & Pollution Jobling, Susan Brunel
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
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
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 Impacts of stressors on bee health Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Sumner, Seirian UCL
Brown, Mark RHUL Saving a higher buzz: research-driven conservation of the shrill carder bumblebee Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Williams, Paul NHM
Burningham, Helene UCL The importance of inlets and their tidal deltas on the sediment dynamics and flood and erosion risk management of low-lying coastal systems Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
Carter, Alecia UCL The evolution of culture in heterogeneous social networks Evolution & Adaptation Cowlishaw, Guy IOZ
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
Cuadros, Javier NHM Dynamics of Plio-Pleistocene environments in East Africa through the study of clay sediments Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes de la Torre, Ignacio UCL
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
dela Torre, Ignacio UCL Landscape use by Homo erectus in Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) Past Life & Environments Hopley, Philip BBK
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
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
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 Glacial erosion in the tropics: The Santa Marta Range, southern Caribbean Solid Earth Dynamics Vermeesch, Pieter UCL
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
Goswami, Anjali NHM Macroevolution, function, and modularity of the vertebrate jaw: a 3D perspective Evolution & Adaptation Porro, Laura UCL
Greig, Duncan UCL Experimental evolution of bet-hedging Evolution & Adaptation Shou, Wenying UCL
Greig, Duncan UCL What makes different species different? Interbreeding incompatible yeast species to map their differences. Evolution & Adaptation Nichols, Richard QMUL
Grieve, Stuart QMUL Identifying topographic signatures of ancient and modern Martian surface processes Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Grindrod, Peter NHM
Grieve, Stuart QMUL Quantifying interactions between topographic variability and forest structure Pan-disciplinary Studies Wharton, Geraldene QMUL
Hacklay, Muki UCL Identifying systematic biases in citizen science and crowdsourced geographic information Pan-disciplinary Studies Basiri, Ana UCL
Hammond, James BBK Seismically Imaging beneath Paektu/Changbaishan Volcano Solid Earth Dynamics Ballmer, Maxim UCL
Harvey, Gemma QMUL Rewilding and Natural Flood Management Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Henshaw, Alex QMUL
Henderson, Lesley Brunel Public Perceptions of Plastics Pollution – Communications and Social Change Environmental Hazards & Pollution Jobling, Susan Brunel
Henry, Lee QMUL Symbiosis in the adaptation and diversification of insects Evolution & Adaptation
Henry, Lee QMUL Unraveling the biology of symbiotic mutualisms in ants Evolution & Adaptation Wurm, Yannick QMUL
Heppell, Kate QMUL The future role of Citizen Science in catchment management Environmental Hazards & Pollution Haklay, Muki UCL
Hurd, Paul QMUL The Honey Bee: An Emerging Model Organism for Epigenetics. Pan-disciplinary Studies Lowe, Rob QMUL
Iacovidou, Eleni Brunel Eliminating single-use plastic food packaging: A multi-dimensional assessment Environmental Hazards & Pollution
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