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PhD Studentship - Coastal Wetland Dynamics in a Changing World: Consequences for People and Nature

University of East Anglia - Department of Environmental Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: International Students
Funding amount: From £15,609 per annum (based on 21/22) plus tuition and additional fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th November 2021
Closes: 19th January 2022
Reference: FRANCO_ENV22CDCC

Background: Coastal wetlands are important ecosystems threatened by a wide range of anthropogenic impacts. Wetland loss and degradation is ongoing and accelerating due to sea level rise, impacting economically important ecosystem services. In remote areas of the planet, where large wetlands remain, changes in coastal wetlands are challenging to monitor yet key to understanding feedbacks between the physical and biological environment. Furthermore, changes in wetlands feedback to the local communities that integrate them in their livelihoods and cultures. This project will combine new animal tracking technologies and remote sensing methods to monitor coastal wetland dynamics and social science methods to understand the impacts of these changes on local and Indigenous communities. The objectives are: 1) quantify recent large scale coastal wetland changes and impacts to blue carbon balance using remote sensing data; 2) quantify bird species diversity and abundance in coastal habitats and their movements in response to wetland changes identifying early habitat conversion and consequences for ecosystems services; 3) build scenario projections of the impacts of future environmental change on coastal wetlands, including different mitigation and conservation strategies to maximise ecosystem services (e.g. carbon storage and sequestration) and 4) understand how changes to wetland ecosystem services, including under the scenarios produced in (3), impact the well-being of local communities, and how local knowledge and priorities can inform strategies to reduce the negative impacts of coastal environmental change for people and nature.

Research methodology: The project will use theoretical and practical ecological skills, remote sensing, statistics, questionnaires and interviews. You will explore existing datasets in Python/GIS and/or using R, will produce maps of coastal habitats and will be trained to design and conduct questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. 

Training: This is a multidisciplinary project linking ecology, remote sensing, new tracking technologies, and social science research to monitor changes and develop inclusive adaptation strategies for coastal wetlands. You will join an active research group generating world-class, NERC-supported and an exciting PhD programme. Through the collaboration with Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and governmental organisations in Brazil, you will translate science and evidence into practical management and conservation measures. 

Person specification: You should have a good degree in life or environmental sciences and experience in communicating with stakeholders and local people. In addition to the degree, a relevant MSc degree and/or relevant work experience will be advantageous. Contact Aldina Franco, email: a.franco@uea.ac.uk

Primary Supervisor :  Dr Aldina Franco

Start date: 01/10/2022

For more information on this project, please visit http://www.uea.ac.uk

Successful candidates will be awarded a  4-year studentship covering tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£15,609 per year in 2021/22) and funds to support the research project and associated training. Additional funds are not available to assist with relocation or visa costs.

We anticipate that up to two awards will be made to international students for October 2022 entry.

Part-time studentship awards are subject to approval by the Leverhulme Trust.

For more information about the ‘Critical Decade’ programme click here.

This project has been selected for the Critical Decade for Climate Change programme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview, to be held late February/early March 2022.

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