PhD Projects

Our training programme is set within a multidisciplinary environment. All Partners are dedicated to developing a multi-, cross- and pan-disciplinary London centre of environmental science doctoral training.

We recognise the need to develop student skills in new subjects and linking research areas between traditional subjects. Each Partner has submitted a selection of PhD projects falling within each research theme.

Below is the list of the exemplar projects available. Students are also invited to develop their own bespoke projects. Click on a column header to sort the table, or use the ‘advanced search’ to search for projects on a particular topic, in a particular research theme, or at a particular institution.

1st Supervisor Inst. Project Title Theme 2nd Supervisor Inst.
Alexander, David UCL Evaluating earthquake information in the light of public needs Pan-disciplinary Kelman, Ilan UCL
Andres, Aida UCL Genetic adaptation in chimpanzee subspecies Evolution & Adaptation Balloux, Francois 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
Balloux, Francois UCL Can host phenotypic plasticity facilitate survival when environmental change and disease cause amphibian declines? Natural & Biological Hazards Garner, Trenton IOZ
Barnes, Ian NHM Saiga antelope: assessing ecological resilience in a critically endangered mammal Biodiversity & Ecology Schreve, Danielle RHUL
Barron, Leon KCL Measuring occurrence and fate of drugs in aquatic species using high resolution analytical techniques: potential for human exposure? Environmental Pollution Kanda, Rakesh Brunel
Bass, David NHM Developing the eDNA toolkit to meet policy challenges Evolution & Adaptation Brown, Mark RHUL
Baynes, Alice BRUNEL Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – Investigating the effects of anti-depressants in aquatic molluscs Environmental Pollution Jobling, Susan BRUNEL
Bennion, Helen UCL Diatom responses to environmental variation in space and time: combining molecular and palaeoecological approaches Biodiversity & Ecology Okamura, Beth NHM
Blackburn, Tim UCL The zeta diversity of alien assemblages Biodiversity & Ecology Hui, Cang
Brace, Selina NHM Reconstructing the evolution of extinct sloths from continental America and the Caribbean using ancient DNA Biodiversity & Ecology Frantz, Laurent QMUL
Brekke, Patricia IOZ Understanding patterns of senescence and their impact on conservation management in free-living populations of hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Evolution & Adaptation Balloux, Francois UCL
Brekke, Patricia IOZ Why do eggs fail? Evolution & Adaptation Balloux, Francois UCL
Brierley, Chris UCL Modelling East African climate during the Plio-Pleistocene Past Life & Environments Guillas, Serge UCL
Brodholt, John UCL The deep nitrogen cycle – nitrogen storage in the subduction system Solid Earth Dynamics Thomson, Andrew UCL
Brooks, Andrew KCL Food Security and Vulnerability to ENSO in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea Pan-disciplinary Smith, Thomas KCL
Brown, Mark RHUL Evolution of phenotypic biodiversity in bumblebees (Bombus), a globe-spanning genus of major pollination providers Biodiversity & Ecology Williams, Paul NHM
Burgess, William UCL Terrestrial water storage in the Bengal Basin – piezometric monitoring to validate and complement GRACE observations Natural & Biological Hazards Shamsudduha, Mohammad UCL
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 French, Jon UCL
Bury, Nic KCL Hagfish Biology: vertebrate evolution, endocrinology, deep sea ecosystems and toxicology Pan-disciplinary Morritt, David RHUL
Chatterjee, Helen UCL Predicting human impacts and environmental change on Southeast Asian biodiversity: past, present and future Biodiversity & Ecology Turvey, Samuel IOZ
Clark, Paul NHM The effects of the invasive Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis, on native UK biota Biodiversity & Ecology Morritt, David RHUL
Clayton, David QMUL Identifying the neural mechanisms underlying colony identity Evolution & Adaptation Wurm, Yannick QMUL
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
Davies, Bethan RHUL Onshore-offshore Quaternary glacial processes and correlations: Dudgeon offshore windfarm zone, Southern North Sea Past Life & Environments Lee, Jonathan
Day, Julia UCL Understanding the links between anthropogenic change, functional diversity and ecosystem resilience on tropical mountains Biodiversity & Ecology Norris, Ken IOZ
Day, Julia UCL Speciation in soda lake cichlids: ecological and genomic characterisation of reproductive barriers Evolution & Adaptation Mank, Judith UCL
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
204 PhD projects available

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