Project support: The facilities, equipment and expertise available within the institutions and supervisory team provide a combination of world-leading analytical, field and laboratory capability and technical support that ideally fits this PhD project, maximising the expert training that will be available. In particular, the Lyell Centre’s 3D visualisation suite provides a unique facility for data analysis and interpretation.
This project will equip the student with a range of skills, including and multidisciplinary. Specific research skills will include:
• Machine learning
• Convolutional neural networking
• High performance computing
• Time series analysis
• Micro-Computed Tomography
• Environmental statistics
Student support: 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: the student will interact with all members of their research groups through lab-group meetings at the Lyell Centre, the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow, providing an opportunity to learn about other techniques and research areas which may be applicable to their research. All supervisors are based in research-active departments that span a broad range of ecological, environmental, geoscience and mathematical research, exposing the student 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/researchers with a common research interest in an informal and supportive atmosphere.
Where required, and to maintain continued professional development, the scholar will be supported to attend specialist courses directly aligned to the project:
• Machine learning
• Parallel optimisation
• 3D data visualisation
• Analytical training will be provided by the supervisors and / or specialist technicians for each methodology required.
• The project supervisors will also support and encourage the scholar’s attendance on 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’.