New PhD opportunities in the Modelling, Evidence and Policy research group.
Are you interested in undertaking a PhD project within the MEP research group? If so, now is a great time to consider applying! We are currently advertising a wide range of funded projects through our Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (One Planet and IAPETUS2), through the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation, a partnership between Newcastle University and Fera Science Ltd, and also through the new BBSRC DTP3 with Liverpool University. In joining the MEP group, you will work alongside our existing PhD students, who are studying topics as diverse as understanding emerging bee diseases, the impact of roads on rainforests, and technologies for monitoring tree health. The group has a very active researcher community, including seminars, journal club, morning coffee and weekly group research meetings, and has strong links to industry and end-user stakeholders who help to inform and apply our research. Many of the projects below are CASE studentships, meaning you would have the opportunity to work alongside stakeholder partners, including undertaking a placement. More information on research within the group can be found on the MEP website: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nes/research/biology/modelling-evidence-policy/#ourresearch
Most of these projects form part of NERC / BBSRC DTPs. These training partnerships provide the opportunity to be part of a wider cohort of like-minded researchers across a number of institutions, as well as a delivering a dedicated training programme. Eligibility criteria and application process vary between the different schemes. Please check the website of the scheme (given below) for details. For further details on specific projects, please contact the lead supervisor directly.
Available PhD projects:
NERC One Planet (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/one-planet/studentships/).
All those listed below are CASE projects.
Projects based in MEP:
- Drone and satellite remote sensing to support catchment scale detection, monitoring and control of invasive plant species. Dr Clare Fitzsimmons. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20284%20%20OnePlanetProjectproposal_Form_2ndCohort2020_WearPlantInvasives.pdf
- Interventions to reduce the impact of climate change and other environmental stresses on oak health. Dr Rachel Gaulton, Defra, Action Oak Partnership. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20317%20-%20OnePlanetProjectproposal_Form_2ndCohort2020%20(OakHealthProposal)_RG.pdf
- Multiple benefits and opportunities from tree planting in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania. Dr Marion Pfeifer, Prof Peter Glaves, Reforest Africa. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20203%20-%20OnePlanetProjectproposal_Form_2ndCohort2020_Pfeifer.pdf
- Risks to water security from invasive by non-native species. Prof Pete Robertson, Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Aileen Mill and Northumbria water. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20289%20-%20OnePlanet%20Bulk%20Water%20Transfer%20and%20Invasive%20Species%202.pdf
Co-supervised by MEP:
- Barriers to tree re-establishment in logged tropical rainforests in Borneo. Prof. Yit Arn the (Newcastle), Dr Marion Pfeifer (MEP), Dr Andrew Suggit (Northumbria), Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller (Northumbria), Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20206%20-%20OnePlanetProjectproposal_Form_Sarawak%20final.pdf
- Quantifying the impact of artificial lawns on the structure and function of urban ecosystems. Dr Mark Goddard (Northumbria), Dr Rachel Gaulton (MEP), Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller (Northumbria), Dr Marc Redmile-Gordon (Royal Horticultural Society). https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20295%20%20OnePlanetProjectproposal_Form_artificial_lawns-final-MGoddard.pdf
- Integrated modelling to predict early signs of land degradation. Dr Maria Del Carmen Montero-Calasanz (Newcastle), Dr John Walshaw (Fera Science Ltd), Dr Roy Sanderson (MEP) https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/oneplanet/OP20297%20%20OnePlanetProjectproposal_Form_2ndCohort2020-MC%20v3.pdf
NERC IAPETUS2 (https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/)
Based in MEP:
- Aquatic food security in Southern Africa: the role of invasive species. Prof. Stephen Rushton, Dr Zarah Pattison, Heather Price, Nigel Willby (Stirling University), Brussels University and Malawi University of Science & Technology. https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/studentships/aquatic-food-security-in-southern-africa-the-role-of-invasive-species-2/
- Biodiversity responses to infrastructure expansion in the Heart of Borneo, Brunei Darussalam. Dr Marion Pfeifer, Dr Rachel Gaulton, Prof. Stephen Willis (Durham University), University Brunei Darusaalam. https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/studentships/biodiversity-responses-to-infrastructure-expansion-in-the-heart-of-borneo-brunei-darussalam/
Co-supervised by MEP:
- Assessing the impact of restoration on surface and sub-surface changes in peatland hydrology and vegetation dynamics: implications for upland carbon storage. Prof. Jeff Warburton (Durham University), Dr Rachel Gaulton (MEP, Newcastle University), Northumbrian Water, North Pennines AONB. CASE Project. https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/studentships/assessing-the-impact-of-restoration-on-surface-and-sub-surface-changes-in-peatland-hydrology-and-vegetation-dynamics-implications-for-upland-carbon-storage/
- Forest Species Mapping and Monitoring by Multi-modal Remote Sensing. Dr Wen Xiao, Dr Rachel Gaulton (Newcastle University), Prof. Danny Donoghue (Durham University), Forest Research. CASE Project. https://www.iapetus2.ac.uk/studentships/forest-species-mapping-and-monitoring-by-multi-modal-remote-sensing/
- Hedgerow and field margin monitoring technologies: value and acceptability for agri-environment payments. Dr Rachel Gaulton, Dr Glyn Jones, Dr Naomi Jones (Fera Science Ltd).
BBSRC DTP3 CASE studentship – Soon to be advertised! Keep an eye on Find-a-phd website or contact email@example.com if interested.
- Exploring methods to treat virus infection in honey bees using in vitro and in vivo systems. Prof Giles Budge, Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.