Studentship projects for cohort 2021/22.

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Vapour phase transport of metals in Earth’s surface environment

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

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

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

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

Tracking past sea level and environmental changes via novel isotope geochemistry

Shrubification in a changing High Arctic

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

The ecological impact of volcanic ash (tephra) deposition

Using machine learning to understand species diversity in tropical forest

Towards Global Monitoring of Glaciers with Deep Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carbon Recycling into the Deep Earth

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

Assisting peatland restoration using satellite radar data

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

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

Past ocean oxygen and pH changes

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

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

Coupled CO2 and oxygen change over the last 100 Myr

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

Effects of physical disturbance on marine ecosystem functioning

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

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

Novel isotope systems to help track CO2 release during rock weathering

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

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

How does submarine melting affect marine-terminating glaciers?

Natural atmospheric CO2 mineralisation in unexpected places

Citizen science and the ecology of garden birds and mammals

Mine Geothermal Energy

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

The Southern Ocean’s role in CO2 change

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

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

Integrating traits in polymorphism-aware trees to better model speciation

Achondrite meteorites as snapshots of Earth’s earliest history

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

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

From farmland to wildland: an ecological journey

The record of planetary differentiation preserved in sulfide

Healthy peat microbiota

Understanding coral bleaching using multi-proxy bleaching reconstruction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ecology and evolution of sibling cannibalism in the wild

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

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

Pushing back the frontiers of luminescence dating

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Gamification of plastic action in coastal Vietnam

Investigating the geomicrobiology of mercury methylation in northern peatlands

Geothermal energy from deep carbonate rock aquifers

Volcanoes and Climate: novel simulations to probe fundamental interactions

Using a biological time machine to dissect evolution in Chernobyl

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

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

How does stress affect floral smell preferences of bumblebees?

Earthquake Probabilistic Forecasting and Detection using Neural Networks

Organic matter biogeochemistry of tropical rainforest rivers

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

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

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

Algal and testate amoebae communities of urban ponds and green roofs

Macroalgae and microbial ecology in assessing nitrogen pollution of coastal regions

A call to ARMS: Monitoring polar biodiversity

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

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

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

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

Continental heatwaves in a changing climate

Assessing the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management at a catchment scale

Future Biofouling and anti-biofouling strategies

The volatile nature of tropical reef ecosystems in a changing world

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

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

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

Behavioural biology of buzz-pollinating bees and flies

Nutrient release from riverine particulates in estuaries

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

Temporal ecology in the Anthropocene

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

Nutrient behaviour accompanying afforestation in Iceland

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

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

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

The Rise and Demise of the North China Craton

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

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

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

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

Biological invasions in ancient woodlands

Iceberg Calving in West Antarctica

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

Deep beneath the Ice: Seismic Imaging of the Antarctic mantle

Epigenetics of local adaptation

Pink salmon invasions in the UK: origins and impacts

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

Evolution and ecology of extractive foraging in birds and mammals

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

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

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

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

How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostructures?

Ecology and conservation of pangolin using stable isotope forensics

Plant adaptation to climate change learning from model Betula species

Arctic blue carbon: human and climatic drivers of change

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

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

Improved understanding of geothermal energy through a multiscale modelling approach

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

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

Monitoring tidal areas from space using polarimetric radar

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

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

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

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

Neodymium stable isotopes in rivers and the oceans

Does form follow function for phytoplankton in aquatic ecosystems?

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

Proving bioremediation of perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)

Does climate change impact directly on breeding seabirds?

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

Socio-ecological modelling of Vietnamese mangrove systems

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

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

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

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

How does landscape evolution control ice-sheet dynamics?

Volatile element and critical metal cycles beneath the Greenland Craton

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

The nature of Earth’s deep and dynamic carbon cycle

Climate Reconstructions in Central Siberia using chironomids and stable isotopes

Exploring adaptive microbiome variation in sticklebacks from geothermally-heated populations

Building for a changing world?

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.

Examining the impact of air pollution on invertebrates

River CO2 – a positive feedback on climate change?

Towards global landslide detection from satellite radar

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

How does urban bluespace diversity affect soundscapes, and wellbeing?

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

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

CaCO3 diagenesis and palaeoproxy relationships in marine biominerals

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

Rapid evolution of reproductive isolation in newly allopatric invasive populations.

Maximising greenhouse gas sequestration in the UK uplands

Assessing the interactions of chlorinated contaminants at clay mineral surfaces

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

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

Dissecting the evolutionary ecology of a unique secondary endosymbiosis.

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

Iceberg Detection and Characterisation in Sea Ice using Satellite Radars

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

Investigating how plants sense water

Monsoon Dynamics in a Changing Climate

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

Using metal stable isotopes to investigate chemical weathering of anthropogenic deposits

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


Exploring the impact of land plant evolution on Palaeozoic ocean oxygenation

Reconstructing Holocene climate change in the tropical Andes

Can rewilding reverse freshwater biodiversity loss?

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

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

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

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

Quantifying CO2 storage in the glacial ocean

A virtual ecologist approach for improving methods in movement ecology

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

Experimental Analysis and Modelling of Landslides and its Impacts on Infrastructure

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

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

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

Modelling coral survival in a warming world