The facilities, equipment and expertise available within the institutions and supervisory team provide a combination of world-leading field, analytical and laboratory capability and technical support that ideally fits this PhD project, maximising the expert training that will be available.
This project will equip the student with a range of skills, including fieldwork, analytical science, numeracy and translation of science for wider audiences. Specific research skills will include:
– Elemental and water chemistry analysis
– Coastal marine fieldwork
– Invertebrate and algal culturing and husbandry
– Experimental design
– Environmental statistics
The Lyell Centre has a large research student cohort that will provide peer-support throughout the studentship, including participation in the annual post-graduate research conference. All project supervisors are also highly research-active. This PhD student will interact with all members of their research groups through lab-group meetings at the Lyell Centre, University of Glasgow and Operation Wallacea, providing an opportunity to learn about other techniques and research areas which may be applicable to their research. Additionally, the supervisors are all based in research-active departments that span a broad range of ecological, environmental and geoscience research, exposing the scholar to a range of other research areas. Active participation in these research groups will provide the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge topics in the field, review recent papers and to present current research plans to academics with a common research interest in an informal and supportive atmosphere. The PhD student will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement with Operation Wallacea, providing work experience within a non-academic organisation.
Where required, and to maintain continued professional development, the scholar will be supported to attend specialist courses directly aligned to the project, for example:
– Elemental analysis via mass spectrometry and sample partitioning via selective extraction protocols.
– Field first aid course in the first 6 months of the project.
– Potentially, scientific diving courses
– Analytical training provided by the supervisors and / or specialist technicians for each piece of instrumentation required for analyses.
– Attendance to transferable skills training such as data management, scientific writing and science communication. These are provided for free within Heriot-Watt University’s Research Futures Academy.