Project support: The facilities and instrumentation available within the supervisors’ and CASE partner’s institutions provide a combination of leading laboratory, field and analytical capability and technical support that will be ideal for this proposed research, maximising PhD training from experts in the field.
Scholar support: The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow (GES) has a large research student cohort that will provide peer-support throughout the research program. The scholar will participate in the annual post-graduate research conference within GES, providing an opportunity to present their research to postgraduates and staff within the School, and to also learn about the research conducted by their fellow postgraduate peers. All project supervisors are highly research-active; the scholar will interact with all members of their research groups, 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, genomics and bioinformatics research, exposing the scholar to a range of other research areas. To facilitate this, the scholar will actively participate in the ‘Marine Global Change Group’ in GES, the ‘Coastal Biogeochemistry’ group at the Lyell Centre, the “Changing Oceans” group and the University of Edinburgh and the “Foster Lab” at the University of Southampton. These group meetings provide opportunities 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 scholar will be encouraged to attend specialist courses that will directly contribute to the proposed project:
• The project involves a large component of biogeochemical research and the scholar will be encouraged to attend relevant course throughout the PhD.
• This project will involve some fieldwork, thus the scholar may attend a field first aid course in the first 6 months of the project.
• Analytical training will be provided by the supervisors and / or specialist technicians for each piece of instrumentation required for analyses.
• 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. The Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow provides, for free, a large number of such courses, which are available throughout the PhD program.