|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Tuition fees plus stipend for 3.5 years.|
|Placed On:||6th December 2018|
|Closes:||1st March 2019|
Project title: Understanding vegetation response to fire during glacial and interglacial states
Department/School: Geography & Environmental Science
Supervisor: Professor Sandy Harrison
Project Overview: Fire is highly sensitive to changes in climate, which affects both fuel availability and on the suitability of conditions allowing fire spread. Changes in fire regime in turn affect vegetation structure and dynamics, and both changes in fire itself and fire-induced changes in vegetation have feedbacks through the carbon cycle on climate. However, the magnitude of these feedbacks is as yet poorly constrained. The goal of this project is to explore how fire has changed during past climate states, how this has impacted vegetation, and how these changes may have affected the carbon cycle using sedimentary charcoal records of past fire regime, advanced statistical analysis, and fire modelling tools. The project will draw on an existing global compilation of sedimentary charcoal records (Global Charcoal Database) to analyse the controls on fire in warm, interglacial and cold glacial climates over the past 130,000 years. Model simulations using a fire-enabled vegetation model will be used to explore the potential causes of these changes and their implications for fire emissions and carbon-cycle feedbacks.
Specific training opportunities
The project is designed as a thesis-by-papers. The student will work with colleagues from Imperial College London as part of the QMEE (Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution) doctoral training scheme. The will also have the opportunity to become involved in the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project, an international research initiative to use palaeoclimate modeling and model evaluation to understand the mechanisms of past climate and environmental change and evaluate our ability to simulate future climates and environments.
How to apply:
Please submit an application for a PhD in Environmental Science at http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx quoting the reference GS18-210 in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding section.
Application Deadline: 1st March 2019
Further Enquiries: Email: email@example.com.
NB: Where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter which is provided separately from any Offer of Admission and which is subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.
Type / Role: