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NERC CENTA Studentships

A number of fully funded studentships in environmental sciences are available to UK and International students. The research projects below are in competition for the funding. The projects with the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

Available Projects:

Principal Supervisors

Project

Dr Soroush Abolfathi, School of Engineering Dynamics of pollution transport in constructed wetlands: identification and quantification of underlying physical mechanisms of solute and solid (microplastic) transport 
Dr. Mark P. Barrow, Department of Chemistry Investigation of the effects of transport infrastructure upon the environment using ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry
Dr. Mark P. Barrow, Department of Chemistry Reading the molecular fine print: Ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry and the environmental impact of the Athabasca oil sands industry
Professor Gary Bending, School of Life Sciences Global diversity and ecosystem functions of plant-microbe symbioses
Professor Gary Bending, School of Life Sciences Resilience of soil microbial communities to extreme weather
Dr Adrian Chaplin, Department of Chemistry Homogeneous hydrocarbon oxidation using nitrous oxide as a sustainable feedstock
Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences Quaternary and methylated amine cycle in coastal oceans: new genes, novel microbes and unexpected pathways
Dr Yin Chen, School of Life Sciences Microbial lipid cycling in the oceans: an integrated ‘omics’ approach  
Dr Xueyu Geng, School of Engineering Investigation of the topographic control for geohazards prone zone ecosystem functional properties by multiple remote sensing 
Dr. Ryan M. Mushinski, School of Life Sciences Environmental microbes and gas fluxes: A systematic study of volatile reactive nitrogen oxides  
Dr. Ryan M. Mushinski, School of Life Sciences Global change processes in peatlands: A study of the microbiology and biogeochemistry of reactive nitrogen oxides
Dr Jonathan Pearson, School of Engineering The fate of microplastics in aquatic environments : Effect of Size, Shape, and Density
Dr Andre Pires da Silva, School of Life Sciences

How mothers predict the future: epigenetics and environment

Dr Richard Puxty, School of Life Sciences Floaters vs. sinkers: How do marine phytoplankton combat the biological pump?
Dr Richard Puxty, School of Life Sciences Maintain socially distancing: Do viruses control the origins of multicellularity?
Dr Hatef Sadeghi, School of Engineering Tackling Plastic Waste Problem using Flash Graphene for Recycling
Professor Vasilios Stavros, Department of Chemistry Dancing photosystems within biological rocks: towards understanding on fast deterioration of dry chlorophyllous seeds and spores  

Eligibility

Application guidance

  • View the available projects and check your eligibilty
  • Make an initial project enquiry by contacting supervisors directly.
  • Questions about the application process or eligibility can be directed to phd dot lifesciences at warwick dot ac dot uk
  • Complete the online application form - selecting course code P-C1PB (Life Sciences PhD); from here you will be taken through to another screen where you can select your desired project. Please enter "NERC studentship" in the Finance section and add Nikki Glover, phd dot lifesciences at warwick dot ac dot uk as the scholarship contact. Please also complete the CENTA application form  and submit via email to phd dot lifesciences at warwick dot ac dot uk.
  • Upload a transcript from your current or previous study, a CV and any other documents that you feel would support your application (within 48 hours of submitting your online application you will receive a link allowing you to upload additional supporting documents).
  • Ask your referees to submit a reference for you by 12 January 2021 at the very latest. Note: when you submit your application, an email will automatically be sent to your referees requesting a reference for you. This email will contain a secure link for your referee to upload a reference for you.
  • For further information about applying to Warwick see the application FAQ's page
  • Application deadline - 11 January 2021
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