|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Stipend available if eligible|
|Hours:||Full Time, Part Time|
|Placed On:||31st October 2018|
|Closes:||8th January 2019|
Start date: October 2019
Closing date: 08 January 2019
No. of positions available: 1
Hours: Full-time or Part-time
Supervisor Dr Iain Lake
This is a CASE project with Cefas.
There is huge uncertainty in terms of how climate change may affect health human (IPCC 2014), and this PhD provides an opportunity to explore one exciting area, namely how climate change may affect waterborne disease. It will focus upon Vibrios, which are Gram negative bacteria that grow in marine and estuarine environments. They thrive in warm, low salinity waters and infect individuals through open wounds leading to serious infections which may be fatal. Current climate warming is believed to be behind the significant increase in vibrio infections, especially in Europe. As such, vibrios are considered the pathogen group in Europe of greatest concern because of climate change (Baker-Austin et al., 2012). Rising sea temperature and vibrios are identified as a future risk for UK populations (Lake, 2016). However, a fundamental unknown is how their abundance and the incidence of vibrio infections will change as a consequence of climate change.
This PhD project will gather relevant climatic, epidemiological and oceanographic data, to develop a clear understanding of the role of climate warming on the expansion of these pathogens.
You will be trained in the use of R for the analysis of large climate, environmental and health data sets and also in statistics. Training in systematic reviews, GIS and epidemiological analysis will also be provided. You will the opportunity to interact with an international group of experts and with policymakers in the climate change and health area, particularly through CEFAS and the ECDC.
Person Specification As a minimum you should have a good first degree (2:1 or higher) in science, geography or a related subject, but most of all have an interest how climate change may affect human health.
This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. Undertaking a PhD with ARIES will involve attendance at training events.
ARIES is committed to equality & diversity, and inclusion of students of any and all backgrounds. All ARIES Universities have Athena Swan Bronze status as a minimum.
Applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited environmental science experience may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take appropriate advanced-level courses. Usually only UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a stipend. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 26th/27th February 2019.
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