Studentship projects for cohort 2021/22.

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Disentangling coseismic complexity in the earthquake cycle, using seismology and geodesy

Healthy peat microbiota

Exploring the genetic and dietary mechanisms of urban/rural divergence in a potentially self-domesticating animal

Convergence or cryptic evolution: the origins of the cephalopod body plan

Behavioural biology of buzz-pollinating bees and flies

Microbial thiocyanate biodegradation: an unexplored nexus for the sulphur, nitrogen and carbon biogeochemical cycles

Vapour phase transport of metals in Earth’s surface environment

Understanding the functional relationship between krill, the krill fishery and demersal sub-Antarctic fish populations

Future proofing Scotland’s remote coastal areas: evaluation of the potential for nature-based coastal adaptation

Maximising greenhouse gas sequestration in the UK uplands

The Giant Dykes of Greenland: Magmatic processes, mineralisation, and deep-time tectonics

Iceberg Calving in West Antarctica

Does climate change impact directly on breeding seabirds?

Developing new models for strategic Sn-W-Ta-Li mineralization: an isotopic study from Central Africa

Routes for Roots: Do continental keels find their way into mantle plume sources?

Can rewilding reverse freshwater biodiversity loss?

Past ocean oxygen and pH changes

Rapid evolution of reproductive isolation in newly allopatric invasive populations.

Achondrite meteorites as snapshots of Earth’s earliest history


The volatile nature of tropical reef ecosystems in a changing world

Monitoring tidal areas from space using polarimetric radar

Sonar or Magnetism: exploring bat migration using a data science approach

Waste, resources and pollution: exploring the role of biogas in the energy-food-health nexus in high-altitude Nepal

Applying social network and personality trait analyses to understanding and managing human-macaque sympatry in urban Singapore

Investigating the role of fire in soil biotic processes and carbon storage at tropical grassland-forest transitions

Arctic blue carbon: human and climatic drivers of change

Nutrient behaviour accompanying afforestation in Iceland

Exploring geochemical evidence for the Neolithic Agricultural revolution in Western Siberia using lake sediments

Sediments, settlements and society: testing the application of novel biomolecular approaches for understanding spatial patterns of prehistoric anthropogenic activity

Reproductive interference across continental scales: combining citizen science and behavioural experiments to test reproductive character displacement hypotheses

Recreating the South Orkney Ice Cap: a sentinel of Antarctic Ice Sheet change?

Glaciers and ice sheets: (Bio)mechanochemical nutrient bioreactors for the oceans

The impact of competition on global-change induced range shifts in birds

Biogeomorphic evolution of vegetated coasts: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and satellite measurements

Assessing and Improving the Resilience of infrastructure Earthworks subjected to extreme rainfall: an advanced Unsaturated Soil mechanics perspective (AIREUS)

The Shackleton Range of East Antarctica: unravelling a complex geological history via an integrated geochronological, geochemical and geophysical approach

Future Biofouling and anti-biofouling strategies

Trophic structure and isotopic turnover rates of Antarctic benthic marine invertebrates: assessing temporal variability in benthic food webs and the response of cold-adapted species to dietary change.

Active deformation and landscape evolution in the western Ordos, northern China

Investigating how plants sense water

Iceberg Detection and Characterisation in Sea Ice using Satellite Radars

Seeing the wood for the trees – Is reforesting the Scottish Highlands a good way to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide?

CaCO3 diagenesis and palaeoproxy relationships in marine biominerals

Manganese and its role in (de)stabilizing aquatic carbon from land to ocean

Slow slip preceding earthquake rupture. Where to expect it and how large is it?

Monsoon Dynamics in a Changing Climate

An interdisciplinary approach to conservation of Irrawaddy dolphin, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and Indo-Pacific finless porpoise in Cambodia

How does landscape evolution control ice-sheet dynamics?

Understanding Arsenic removal processes: passive treatment systems as proxies for natural environments

The record of planetary differentiation preserved in sulfide

Controls on 20th century ice shelf dynamics in northeast Greenland.

Understanding how wetland species became rare or locally extinct using sedimentary DNA and stable isotopes – supporting future ecological restoration by uncovering the past.

Developing process-based models for the sediment and landform signature of glacilacustrine systems

Sensitivity of East Antarctic outlet glaciers to recent and future climate change

Volatile element and critical metal cycles beneath the Greenland Craton

Controls on the hydro-geomorphological impact of the 2017 El Nino Costero floods, northern Peru

Citizen science and the ecology of garden birds and mammals

Integrating the safe and sustainable management of wastewater into small-scale vegetable production systems in Malawi

Dendrochronological investigations of Scottish Oak trees and their response to climate and disturbance

Ice sheet – ocean interactions in northeast Greenland: the role of ocean warming on ice stream stability

Ecology and conservation of pangolin using stable isotope forensics

Evolution and ecology of extractive foraging in birds and mammals

Do slopes have a favourite shape? Innovative slope profiles for remediation of landslides and the extractive industry

Towards Global Monitoring of Glaciers with Deep Learning

Assessing the impact of micro-plastics on river ecosystem DOM fingerprints

Novel reconstructions of seawater chemistry and CO2 over the last 100 Myr

Blueprints of calcification: genome investigation of foraminifera, critical marine calcifiers.

Isolating the key scales of river bank roughness as drivers of erosion through high-resolution monitoring and modelling

How does stress affect floral smell preferences of bumblebees?

The Role of Plant-Soil Feedbacks in Shaping Regenerating Tropical Forests

Tracking element transfer during subduction initiation using the isotopic composition of ‘chalcophile’ elements

Critical metals and deep time: decoding the interplay of magmatism, structure and mineralization

Testing late Miocene global climate cooling and expansion of modern ecosystems: a palaeoceanographic perspective from the margin of East Asia

Experimental Analysis and Modelling of Landslides and its Impacts on Infrastructure

Modelling plant host-pathogen interactions and spread for resilient biosecurity and planting policy

Pushing back the frontiers of luminescence dating

The behaviour of Nitrogen in igneous systems and the how this contributes to the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere

How will climate-induced changes in water level affect lake temperature and oxygen dynamics around the world?

Macroalgae and microbial ecology in assessing nitrogen pollution of coastal regions

Coupled CO2 and oxygen change over the last 100 Myr

Chalking up differences: plankton diversity and the global calcium carbonate budget

Scaling up Greening the Grey and Eco-engineering Science through partnership with coastal infrastructure asset managers: creating co-benefits for science and operational practice.

Using metal stable isotopes to investigate chemical weathering of anthropogenic deposits

Transforming fractures – coupling deformation, heat and fluid flow within the Earth’s evolving oceanic lithosphere

Algal and testate amoebae communities of urban ponds and green roofs

Tracking past sea level and environmental changes via novel isotope geochemistry

A Geographically-based modelling tool to promote Circular Economy decision making and identification of climate and environmental impacts of sectoral activities: Orkney Islands Case Study.

Post-Caldera Volcanic, Magmatic, and Structural Evolution of Ischia Volcano, Italy

Earthquake Probabilistic Forecasting and Detection using Neural Networks

River CO2 – a positive feedback on climate change?

After the Quake: Defining ritual and earthquake proofing in monument foundations, Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A balancing act in coral reefs: how stoichiometry creates resilience in tropical reef systems

Flowpath identification in a Swiss mountain catchment using natural solutes and stable water isotopes

Volcanoes and Climate: novel simulations to probe fundamental interactions

Rivers in the Himalayas: investigating links between tectonics, climate and topography

Socio-ecological modelling of Vietnamese mangrove systems

Sexually antagonistic genes in wild flies; searching for twin peaks.

People or Environment: Elucidating the causal factors of the Scottish pine decline in the mid-Holocene

Deep beneath the Ice: Seismic Imaging of the Antarctic mantle

Geochronology of the Aeolian Islands (S. Italy): new constraints on hazard mitigation and tectonic evolution

Ocean-land response to freshwater forcing in the North Atlantic: Using the 8.2kyr Event to understand future climate change.

Building for a changing world?

Integrating traits in polymorphism-aware trees to better model speciation

Reconstructing Holocene climate change in the tropical Andes

Geophysical-assisted landscape archaeology of the the Vallum of Hadrian’s Wall (North England)

Induced seismicity due to subsurface fluid injection: the role of fault properties.

Predicting future invasion impacts: Indicators and models to measure success in “bending the curve” of species accumulation.

Towards global landslide detection from satellite radar

Plant adaptation to climate change learning from model Betula species

DEGREE – The Dynamic Evolution of natural capital in response to blue/green infrastructure interventions.

Assessing the interactions of chlorinated contaminants at clay mineral surfaces

Mine Geothermal Energy

Water, Climate and Development: Google Earth Engine for water resources

Using modelling to establish how radiation affects individuals, populations and ecosystems

Understanding coral bleaching using multi-proxy bleaching reconstruction

Gamification of plastic action in coastal Vietnam

Natural atmospheric CO2 mineralisation in unexpected places

The ecological impact of volcanic ash (tephra) deposition

Assessing the role of submarine volcanism in driving biogeochemical cycles on the early Earth

Exploring the impact of land plant evolution on Palaeozoic ocean oxygenation

New geophysical approaches for the geotechnical assessment of safety critical infrastructure slope stability

The nature of Earth’s deep and dynamic carbon cycle

Using a biological time machine to dissect evolution in Chernobyl

Minimising the Risks and Pollution Caused by the Leakage of Hydrogen Through Pipelines via Detection and Prediction

The Value of Hedgerows: Application of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services at the Landscape scale

A call to ARMS: Monitoring polar biodiversity

Nutrient release from riverine particulates in estuaries

Novel isotope systems to help track CO2 release during rock weathering

Using machine learning to understand species diversity in tropical forest

Fanning the flames: past and future links between climate change and fire activity across Siberia

What lies beneath: exploring the role subsurface energy technologies and resources in a low carbon future

Proving bioremediation of perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)

Ancient introgression and recent hybridization as evolutionary processes in the Galapagos giant tortoises

How does submarine melting affect marine-terminating glaciers?

Magmatic degassing at East African Rift volcanoes: evaluating geothermal resources and hazards

The Southern Ocean’s role in CO2 change

Organic matter biogeochemistry of tropical rainforest rivers

Improved understanding of geothermal energy through a multiscale modelling approach

From farmland to wildland: an ecological journey

Continental heatwaves in a changing climate

Impacts and co-benefits of fishing on tropical blue carbon storage

Biological invasions in ancient woodlands

Tropical peatland ecosystems through time: a joint biomarker-pollen approach.

Carbon Recycling into the Deep Earth

Mandrills and microbes: The role of the skin microbiome in primate communication

Environments of Early Agriculture: Where and When did Cultivation take place in Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey?

Does form follow function for phytoplankton in aquatic ecosystems?

From molecules to populations: the genomic legacy of historic pollution on freshwater fish

Snowguns, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the Arctic

Improving Urban Land Use data to support Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change (UrbanCoastAdapt)

Understanding the role of the tropical Indian Ocean on regional and global climate over the last 2000 years

Valuing neo-native species. Is naturalised Scots pine a threat or benefit for climate resilience?

Effects of Invasive Non-Native Species within ecological networks and consequences for ecosystem function

Temporal ecology in the Anthropocene

Investigating the geomicrobiology of mercury methylation in northern peatlands

Climate Reconstructions in Central Siberia using chironomids and stable isotopes

Arrival of the fittest: examining the underlying mechanisms of morphological plasticity in an adaptive radiation

How does urban bluespace diversity affect soundscapes, and wellbeing?

On the road: Range expansion of coastal plants under global change

From energy geostructures to urban heat islands: how subsurface interfaces will respond to temperature variations?

Geochronology and geochemistry of Carboniferous volcanism throughout the Midland Valley of Scotland

Dating Nam Co: Development of a Multi-Method Chronology for a Central Tibetan Lake Core Spanning the Last Glacial Cycle

Assessing multiple benefits of nature-based solutions for flood protection on water quantity and quality

Geothermal energy from deep carbonate rock aquifers

Time, light and sound: nocturnal predators in landscapes of the anthropocene

Shrubification in a changing High Arctic

Linking Phanerozoic carbon cycle perturbations, mass extinctions and large igneous provinces using novel geochemical proxies

Assessing the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management at a catchment scale

The ecology and evolution of sibling cannibalism in the wild

How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostructures?

Assisting peatland restoration using satellite radar data

The disease ecology of urban litter – solid waste management and vector-borne diseases in Malawi

Epigenetics of local adaptation

Next generation conservation genetics at sea: detecting and conserving adaptive potential

Invasion pathways of aquatic invasive non-native species using the canal network

Developing a nested, multiscale framework for modelling animal movement processes from long-term tracking data

Dissecting the evolutionary ecology of a unique secondary endosymbiosis.

The Rise and Demise of the North China Craton

Examining the impact of air pollution on invertebrates

Quantifying CO2 storage in the glacial ocean

The growth and decay of a Paleogene Intrusive Complex, Isle of Skye

Neodymium stable isotopes in rivers and the oceans

Exploring adaptive microbiome variation in sticklebacks from geothermally-heated populations

Effects of physical disturbance on marine ecosystem functioning

Rivers on ice: do supraglacial streams evolve like bedrock rivers?

Climate-changing volcanic eruptions from magma source to ice core archives: a sulphur isotope perspective

Pink salmon invasions in the UK: origins and impacts

Modelling coral survival in a warming world

Coral osteoporosis: how does seawater phosphate affect the calcification of tropical marine corals?

Controls on 20th century ice shelf dynamics in northeast Greenland.

A virtual ecologist approach for improving methods in movement ecology

A tale of two lagoons: Determining the drivers and trajectories of change for the Venice (Italy) and Razelm-Sinoe (Danube-Delta, Romania) lagoons through Earth observation and modelling

Genetic mechanisms of amphibian colour pattern and toxicity in the natural environment

What controls critical metal (Sn-W-Ta) deposit formation in granite batholiths? Unravelling the magmatic-hydrothermal evolution of the Bushveld complex and Cornubian ore-field