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.
Nichols, Richard QMUL Genomic analysis of adaptation to environmental change Evolution & Adaptation Buggs, Richard QMUL
Nicoll, Malcolm IOZ Future-proofing threatened species recovery programmes Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Murrell, David UCL
Pearson, Richard UCL Stability of complex ecological networks under climate change Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Severini, Simone UCL
Pomiankowski, Andrew UCL Genomic signatures of good genes sexual selection Evolution & Adaptation Fowler, Kevin UCL
Portugal, Steve RHUL Dynamics of flocking in birds: the role of individual recognition and social learning Evolution & Adaptation Leadbeater, Elli RHUL
Portugal, Steve RHUL Evolution of eggshell surface structure and physiology Evolution & Adaptation Russell, Douglas NHM
Reuter, Max UCL Identifying the targets of balancing selection in wild populations Evolution & Adaptation Andres, Aida UCL
Riesch, Rüdiger RHUL Examining the processes that generate, maintain, and threaten biological diversity Evolution & Adaptation Brown, Mark RHUL
Rossberg, Axel QMUL Spatio-temporal modelling of planktonic biodiversity to resolve the paradox of the plankton Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Hanson, China QMUL
Routledge, Edwin Brunel Control and Prevention of S. mansoni transmission to Humans Natural & Biological Hazards Emery, Aidan NHM
Sammonds, Peter UCL Sea ice monitoring and imaging using FMCW radar on unmanned aerial vehicles Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
Schofield, Gail QMUL Using drones to elucidate the drivers of the temporal and spatial ecology of sea turtles and sharks on remote island environments Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Eizaguirre, Christophe QMUL
Scrimshaw, Mark Brunel Evaluating the performance of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems using Enfield as a Case Study Environmental Hazards & Pollution Spencer, Kate QMUL
Shields, Graham UCL The Cambrian explosion: causes and consequences Past Life & Environments
Solferino, Giulio RHUL HErupt: Hydrothermal cell pre-Eruptive simulation: An analogue model of bubble formation in explosive magmas Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Hier-Majumder, Saswata RHUL
Soligo, Christophe UCL Phylogeny, form and function of primate tarsal bones Evolution & Adaptation
Song, Teh-Ru Alex UCL What can long period seismic tremors tell us about physical-chemical processes inside active volcanoes? Solid Earth Dynamics
Spencer, Kate QMUL Sediment structure, hydrology and erosion in restored saltmarshes Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Wharton, Geraldene QMUL
Spencer, Kate QMUL Microplastic-sediment interactions (MiPSi) Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Wharton, Geraldene QMUL
Stollewerk, Angelika QMUL Genetics underlying social evolution Evolution & Adaptation Wurm, Yannick QMUL
Sturzenbaum, Stephen KCL Assessment of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the nematode: an invertebrate model for a complex discipline Environmental Hazards & Pollution Arlt, Volker KCL
Taylor, Richard UCL Groundwater recharge and the intensification of precipitation under climate change Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Brierley, Chris UCL
Tebbs, Emma KCL Satellite remote sensing for investigating the ecology of Lesser Flamingos and cyanobacterial bloom dynamics in East African Rift Valley lakes Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Wooster, Martin KCL
Tennyson, Jonathan UCL Molecular absorptions in the atmosphere of the early Earth Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Yurchenko, Sergey UCL
Thomas, Mark UCL Wildlife forensic science in the field: Using genetics to protect Malaysia’s tigers Pan-disciplinary Studies Meakin, Georgina UCL
Thomson, Andrew UCL Lab Geophysics – the acoustic velocity of mantle minerals Solid Earth Dynamics Brodholt, John UCL
Thornalley, David UCL The AMOC and past abrupt climate change: new views on an old paradigm Past Life & Environments
Twitchett, Richard NHM Giants and dwarfs: body size, climate and extinction Evolution & Adaptation Wade, Bridget UCL
Upchurch, Paul UCL The Evolutionary and biogeographic impact of the break up of Gondwana during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic Past Life & Environments Day, Julia UCL
Versace, Elisabetta QMUL Bees and the Morse code Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Chittka, Lars QMUL
Vocadlo, Lidunka UCL The structure, dynamics and composition of the Earth’s core Solid Earth Dynamics Wood, Ian UCL
Vocadlo, Lidunka UCL The viscosity of the Earth’s inner core Solid Earth Dynamics Brodholt, John UCL
Vogler, Alfried NHM The meconium as a unique source of eDNA for determining the diet of social wasps Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation Sumner, Seirian UCL
Wade, Bridget UCL Quantifying temperature changes in the Oligocene icehouse Past Life & Environments
Wade, Bridget UCL Size control on extinction dynamics in Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera Evolution & Adaptation Purvis, Andy NHM
Wade, Bridget UCL Orbital climate variability in the middle and late Miocene Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
Wang, Jinliang IOZ What’s happened to our social wasps and why? A genomic study of the UK common yellow jacket wasps Evolution & Adaptation Sumner, Seirian UCL
97 PhD projects available

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