|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||Covers tuition fees, UKRI stipend and expenses|
|Placed On:||6th March 2019|
|Closes:||30th June 2019|
Supervisors: Drs Steve Robinson and Arnaud Duranel (University of Reading -UoR), Debbie Wilkinson and Graham Earl (South East Water - SEW)
Healthy, functioning natural wetlands are critically important, yet the world is rapidly losing these habitats due to anthropogenic pressures. Rates of loss have historically been particularly large in lowland Europe. Consequently, there have been substantial efforts to restore wetlands, including through the restoration of more natural hydrological regimes. However, in many cases, the quality of inflows has also changed over time, and rewetting may lead to increased nutrient inputs, availability and/or mobility. The overall aim of this proposal is therefore to assess the possible impacts of rewetting wetlands with nitrate-rich groundwater on nutrient availability and exports to watercourses, and to propose possible mitigation options if required. Greywell Fen (Hampshire) will be used as a case study. The PhD student will:
The student will receive training in analytical biogeochemistry and instrumentation (e.g. ICP-MS/OES, UV-VIS spectroscopy and Continuous Flow Analysis), fieldwork, critical analysis of primary research material, scientific writing for publication, etc. There will be an opportunity to undertake placement(s) and additional training at SEW’s headquarters in Snodland (Kent) and/or laboratory in Farnborough (Hampshire), allowing the student to develop an in-depth understanding of the water industry.
The student will have the opportunity to collaborate with another PhD student focussing on the hydrology and hydrogeology of the fen.
How to apply:
Please submit an application for a PhD in Environmental Science (SAGES), at http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx.
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