|Location:||Kingston upon Hull|
|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||£4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609.|
|Hours:||Full Time, Part Time|
|Placed On:||11th January 2022|
|Closes:||31st January 2022|
About the project
Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship assessing the impacts of rewilding using environmental DNA, as part of the University of Hull’s REWILD Research cluster.
High-resolution biodiversity assessments are needed to understand the impacts of rewilding projects. Organisms leave traces of DNA in their environment, for example via shed cells and waste matter. This “environmental DNA” or “eDNA” can be analysed to detect single species or entire assemblages of species.
The broad objectives of the project are to:
We are looking for an enthusiastic student with the following qualities: i) an interest in working closely with stakeholders, to deliver evidence for conservation and policy, ii) some experience of community and/or molecular ecology, including biodiversity monitoring, iii) an interest and ability to work effectively in both the field and lab, iv) a proficiency in, or willingness to become proficient in data analysis using R.
The project will be supervised by Dr. Lori Lawson Handley, Dr. James Gilbert, and Dr. Blake Morton at the University of Hull.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Lori Lawson Handley, email@example.com.
About the research cluster
The REWILD research cluster at the University of Hull is a multidisciplinary team of researchers across biology, environmental science, psychology and systems thinking, working with diverse stakeholders to collectively understand the ecological, environmental and societal costs and benefits of rewilding. Our 6 PhD studentships focus on understanding i) the impacts of rewilding projects on biodiversity, sedimentation rates and carbon sequestration dynamics, ii) the community benefits of blue spaces, and the perceptions, values and challenges of rewilding the sea, and iii) how animal “personalities” drive public perceptions of species reintroductions.
The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
Submission of thesis
Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship for full time and within five years and six months if studying part-time.
If you need to move into a fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period.
Eligibility, entry requirements and how to apply To find out more about the eligibility criteria, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the University of Hull PhD scholarships webpage.
This opportunity comes with a home fee waiver only.
Closing date for applications
17.00 on Friday 31st January 2022.
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