PhD Studentship - Dust Fluxes in the High Latitudes: Quantification and Drivers

Loughborough University

Start date: October 1st 2018

Interview date: Week beginning February 12th 2018


Primary supervisor: Prof Joanna Bullard

Secondary supervisor: Dr Matt Baddock

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Project Detail:

The estimated total contemporary global dust load is 2000 Tg yr-1 with minerogenic aerosols affecting climate and global biogeochemical cycles, impacting terrestrial and marine environments as well as the atmosphere and cryosphere. Understanding the “dust-cycle” - which includes dust uplift, atmospheric residence time and deposition – is therefore essential for understanding the Earth’s environmental system. Recently sources of dust in the high latitudes (≥50°N and ≥40°S) have been identified as making a substantial contribution to the global dust budget, however measurements of dust flux outside the sub-tropical low latitudes are rare (Bullard et al. 2016). The aim of this PhD is to quantify dust flux, and its key environmental drivers, around the western margins of the Greenland ice sheet. Such data are vital for improving the accuracy of global dust models at high latitudes. The PhD will include fieldwork in West Greenland to measure vertical dust flux from actively eroding surfaces and a full suite of micrometeorological variables and dust deposition rates. The field datasets will be used to evaluate and then constrain existing dust models.

Bullard, J.E. and 13 others 2016. High-latitude dust in the Earth system. Reviews of Geophysics, 54, 447-485.

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For further information about this project please see the main CENTA website ( or contact Prof Joanna Bullard,

Entry requirements:

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Earth Science or Environmental Science. A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2018. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum (in 2017/18) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18) and a research training support grant of £8,000. Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder only students with a UK/EU fee status will be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at RCUK Terms & Conditions.

Contact details:

Name: Prof Joanna Bullard

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 1509 222792

How to apply:

  • Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from
  • All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Geography”.  During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA17-LU4 when completing your online application.

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