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.
Forsyth, Colin UCL The transfer of solar wind energy into the Earth’s Upper Atmosphere via high-frequency electromagnetic waves Natural & Biological Hazards Rae, Jonathan UCL
Fowler, Kevin UCL Counter-adaptation in sperm competition to meiotic drive in a stalk-eyed fly Evolution & Adaptation Pomiankowski, Andrew UCL
Frantz, Laurent QMUL Developing the Role of Museum Collections in Mammalian Conservation Genomics: SE Asia as a Case Study Biodiversity & Ecology Barnes, Ian NHM
French, Jon UCL Improved prediction of coastal storm surge using multi-criteria mesh optimization Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Burningham, Helene UCL
Fuller, Gary KCL New methods for determining sources of atmospheric black carbon in urban areas Environmental Pollution
Gange, Alan RHUL Invasive species in urban environments Biodiversity & Ecology Francis, Rob KCL
Gange, Alan RHUL Community responses to changing climate: Insects in mushrooms Biodiversity & Ecology
Garner, Trenton IOZ Investigating the genomic basis of virus-driven host species decline Natural & Biological Hazards Nichols, Richard QMUL
Gaya, Ester KEW Secondary metabolite evolution in lichenised fungi Evolution & Adaptation
Ghag, Chamkaur UCL Deep Learning for radar altimetry echo classification and sea ice surface image recognition Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes Tsamados, Michel UCL
Goswami, Anjali NHM Macroevolution, function, and modularity of the vertebrate jaw: a 3D perspective Evolution & Adaptation Porro, Laura UCL
Green, David KCL Geospatial estimation of non-exhaust emissions using remote earth observation Environmental Pollution Beevers, Sean KCL
Grieve, Stuart QMUL Quantification of the impact of changing vegetation on hillslope sediment transport Pan-disciplinary Lines, Emily QMUL
Gudmundsson, Agust RHUL The conditions for magma-chamber rupture and volcanic eruption during unrest periods Natural & Biological Hazards
Hacklay, Muki UCL Identifying systematic biases in citizen science and crowdsourced geographic information Pan-disciplinary Basiri, Ana UCL
Hammond, James BBK Modelling the effects of partial melt on seismic waves Solid Earth Dynamics Dobson, David UCL
Hammond, James BBK Joint Seismic tomography for the Africa plate and underlying mantle Solid Earth Dynamics
Henderson, Lesley Brunel Public Perceptions of Plastics – From Pollution to Solutions Environmental Pollution Jobling, Susan Brunel
Hennig, Christian UCL Delimitation of species based on network data Biodiversity & Ecology
Henry, Lee QMUL The role of 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
Hernandez Molina, Francisco J. RHUL Tracing the Mediterranean Outflow Water around Iberia since the Miocene: oceanographic, sedimentary & climatic implications Past Life & Environments
Hier-Majumder, Saswata RHUL Microgeodynamic modeling of partially molten rocks Solid Earth Dynamics
Hier-Majumder, Saswata RHUL Thermochemical anomalies in the Earth’s lowermost mantle Solid Earth Dynamics Lithgow-Bertelloni, Carolina UCL
Hier-Majumder, Saswata RHUL Numerical modeling of pollutant transport by porous flow Environmental Pollution
Hurd, Paul QMUL The Honey Bee: An Emerging Model Organism for Epigenetics. Pan-disciplinary Lowe, Rob QMUL
Jansen, Vincent RHUL The effects of stress on functioning and dynamics of bee colonies Biodiversity & Ecology Brown, Mark RHUL
Jennings, Eleanor BBK Magmatic degassing of moderately volatile elements: Implications for the Earth’s volatile budget Solid Earth Dynamics Manning, Christina RHUL
Jobling, Susan Brunel Investigating the impact of microplastics on wildlife and human health Environmental Pollution Silva, Elisabete Brunel
Jobling, Susan Brunel Reducing drug waste in the aquatic environment Environmental Pollution Kanda, Rakesh Brunel
Jobling, Susan Brunel Unravelling the role of water chemistry and ecology in causation of diseases in frogs Environmental Pollution Sayer, Carl UCL
Johnson, Edward UCL Transient loading of structures under impact of finite-amplitude waves Natural & Biological Hazards Eames, Ian UCL
Jones, Kate UCL Biome Health – Tracking the response of wildlife across gradients of human pressure Biodiversity & Ecology Carbone, Chris IOZ
Jones, Kate UCL Understanding the response of disease vectors to land-use change Biodiversity & Ecology Newbold, Tim UCL
Kanda, Rakesh Brunel Drugs of abuse – A study of the environmental fate and treatment of illicit drugs Environmental Pollution Barron, Leon KCL
Kanda, Rakesh Brunel A study of the environmental occurrence and impact of Herbal Medicines Environmental Pollution Jobling, Susan Brunel
Kelman, Ilan UCL Climate change impacts on tropical atoll communities Natural & Biological Hazards
Kershaw, Stephen Brunel Using fossil corals and calcified sponges to understand ancient marine environments Past Life & Environments
King, Martin RHUL Global change in atmospheric oxidation capacity owing to polar sea salt in Snow and ice: A CASE studentship with British Antarctic Survey Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes
Koricheva, Julia RHUL Forest diversity effects on wood ants Biodiversity & Ecology Eggleton, Paul NHM
Koricheva, Julia RHUL Effects of tree species and genetic diversity on biodiversity and ecosystem services Biodiversity & Ecology
Kortenkamp, Andreas Brunel Emerging pollutants in fish – Developing rational approaches for prioritisation from the perspective of mixture toxicology Environmental Pollution Kanda, Rakesh Brunel
Kosmidis, Ioannis UCL Statistical assessment and prediction of damage from post-earthquake damage surveys Natural & Biological Hazards Rossetto, Tiziana UCL
Kratina, Pavel QMUL Mechanistic understanding of ecosystem stability in response to climate warming and biodiversity loss Biodiversity & Ecology
Kratina, Pavel QMUL The Functional Diversity of Aquatic Communities Along Gradients of Environmental Change Biodiversity & Ecology Rossberg, Axel QMUL
Lane, Nick UCL The origin of life in alkaline hydrothermal vents Biodiversity & Ecology Ward, John UCL
Lane, Nick UCL The genomic architecture of mitochondria Evolution & Adaptation Jansen, Vincent RHUL
Leadbeater, Elli RHUL Insect cognition: linking “intelligence” to fitness Evolution & Adaptation
Leadbeater, Elli RHUL What evolves in the evolution of social learning? Biodiversity & Ecology
Leadbeater, Elli RHUL Ecological trade-offs in the evolution of cognition Biodiversity & Ecology Portugal, Steve RHUL
LeComber, Steve QMUL Geographic profiling in conservation and ecology Pan-disciplinary Fry, Hannah UCL
Leitch, Andrew QMUL Nitrogen and phosphorus selection on genome size in the British flora Evolution & Adaptation
Leitch, Ilia KEW Uncovering how interactions between genome size and macronutrients contribute to shaping the biodiversity and ecology of the UK flora Biodiversity & Ecology Leitch, Andrew QMUL
Leitch, Andrew QMUL Genome size divergence in the evolution of flowering plants Biodiversity & Ecology Leitch, Ilia KEW
Letessier, Tom IOZ Where are the last strongholds of marine predators in the pelagic realm? Biodiversity & Ecology Eizaguirre, Christophe QMUL
Lewis, Simon UCL Comparative Ecology of African Tropical Forests Biodiversity & Ecology
Lewis, Philip UCL Near real-time estimation of forest changes from a new constellation of satellites Biodiversity & Ecology Disney, Mathias UCL
Lines, Emily QMUL Investigating the impacts of drought on Spanish forests using terrestrial laser scanning Pan-disciplinary
Lockyer, Anne Brunel Developmental mechanisms in the disease transmitting host snail Biomphalaria glabrata Natural & Biological Hazards
Lopez-Merino, Lourdes Brunel Carbon storage ecosystems’ post-disturbance dynamics in an Australian coastal area Biodiversity & Ecology Horne, David QMUL
218 PhD projects available

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