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 Environmental Hazards & Pollution 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
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 Microplastics on Sandy Beaches and Coastal Dunes Environmental Hazards & Pollution Rose, Neil UCL
Baas, Andreas KCL Impacts of Climate Change on Desert Dunes Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Tebbs, Emma KCL
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
Ballmer, Maxim UCL The Origin of Partially Molten Domains in the Lowermost Mantle through Coupled Seismic-Geodynamic Modeling Solid Earth Dynamics Brodholt, John 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
Barrett, Paul NHM Early evolutionary history of the Dinosauria Past Life & Environments Upchurch, Paul UCL
Bennion, Helen UCL Ghost lakes and ponds: The role of buried wetland deposits in rare aquatic plant conservation Past Life & Environments Sayer, Carl UCL
Bennion, Helen UCL Lakes, lives and landscapes: exploring the diverse histories of people and their standing waters using a multi-disciplinary approach 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
Brace, Selina NHM Exploring hunter-gatherer human resilience in Armenia using a novel proxy for climate change, the population dynamics of small mammals from ancient DNA Evolution & Adaptation Thomas, Mark UCL
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 Constraining future climate projections Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Chandler, Richard UCL
Brierley, Chris UCL Climate variability, past and future Past Life & Environments Thornalley, David 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 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
Camus, Florencia UCL Exploring mitonuclear effects in admixed populations Evolution & Adaptation Andres, Aida UCL
Candy, Ian RHUL Testing the impact of abrupt climate change on prehistoric societies Past Life & Environments Matthews, Ian RHUL
Carter, Alecia UCL The evolution of morning sickness: evidence for prophylaxis hypothesis? 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
Catford, Jane KCL Extending coexistence theory to predict impact of plant invasions on biodiversity Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Murrell, David UCL
Chadwick, Michael KCL Humpback Whales of the Pitcairn Islands Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Dawson, Terry KCL
Chatterjee, Helen UCL Predicting human impacts and environmental change on Southeast Asian biodiversity: past, present and future Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Turvey, Samuel IOZ
Clark, Matt NHM Understanding the scope and future of global plant adaptation to herbivore attack Evolution & Adaptation Bridle, Jon UCL
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
Day, Julia UCL Using eDNA to investigate the biodiversity and genetics of tropical reef fishes Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Yesson, Chris IOZ
de Mendoza Soler, Alexandre QMUL The roots of animal epigenetic regulation: insights from sponge epigenomes Evolution & Adaptation Marletaz, Ferdinand UCL
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 Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Lewis, Philip UCL
Disney, Mathias UCL New approaches to measuring and valuing urban forests Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Lewis, Philip UCL
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 Bennion, Helen UCL
Fayle, Tom QMUL How do environmental filtering and competition vary with spatial scale in ecological communities? Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Eggleton, Paul NHM
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 Glacial erosion in the tropics: The Santa Marta Range, southern Caribbean Solid Earth Dynamics Carter, Andrew BBK
Fox, Matthew UCL Rates of drainage network evolution measured with detrital data and inverse methods 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
Fumagalli, Matteo QMUL Integrating palaeogenomics with deep learning to detect natural selection during recent phenotypic evolution Evolution & Adaptation Frantz, Laurent QMUL
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
187 PhD projects available

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