Back to search results

PhD Studentship: Going Underground: Above-below Ground Interactions for Nature Recovery in Coastal Sand Dune Wetlands

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded full-time degree per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 11th December 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024
Reference: CENTA24-LU1
 

Start date: October 2024

Project details

Coastal dune slacks are highly biodiverse wetland habitats and a conservation priority. They support charismatic priority species such as Natterjack Toads and Orchids and provide a range of ecosystem services. But coastal dune slacks are under threat: habitat loss and deterioration of ecological condition have reduced the quantity and quality of dune slack habitat.

Active management such as conservation grazing facilitates recovery and increases resilience of plant communities to environmental change, but we still don’t have a full understanding of other ecological processes and patterns. In this project you will develop new understanding of how habitat restoration influences aboveground-belowground interactions.

This project offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to existing long-term experiments allowing access to roughly 50 years of data. In addition, unique experiments can be developed. The aim is to investigate how management impacts on above-belowground interactions in dune slack habitats. The objectives are flexible to reflect the students interests but may include:

  • Determine management impacts on below-ground processes and/or communities through mechanisms such as altered plant nutrient dynamics, litter quality and decomposition.
  • Determine the contribution of changes in community composition vs species traits on belowground processes.
  • Identify ways to integrate below-ground processes into management plans.

Supervisors

Primary Supervisor: Jon Millett j.millett@lboro.ac.uk +441509222739

Secondary Supervisors:

Helen Glanville

Maud van Soest

Ciara Dwyer

Aidan Keith

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. 

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Biology or Environmental Science, or an appropriate Master’s degree.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24 entry

UK fee: Fully funded full-time degree per annum

International fee: Fully funded full-time degree per annum

Tuition fees for 2024-25 entry

UK fee: Fully funded full-time degree per annum

International fee: Fully funded full-time degree per annum

2023-24 tuition fees are applicable to projects starting in January 2024, April 2024, and July 2024.2024-25 tuition fees are applicable to projects starting in October 2024, January 2025, April 2025 and July 2025.

This studentship which is partially funded by NERC, provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum (in 2023/24) and tuition fees at the UK rate for 3.5 years. It also provides a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £8,000. Due to UKRI funding rules, no more than 30% of the studentships funded by this grant can be awarded to International candidates, but successful International candidates will have the difference between the UK and International tuition fees provided by the University. 

How to apply

  1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from http://www.centa.ac.uk/apply/).
  2. All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select “Social Sciences and Humanities/Geography and Environment”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document. Please quote CENTA24-LU1 when completing your online application.
  3. Application closing date is midnight (UK time) on Wednesday January 10th 2024. Interviews for short-listed candidates are expected to be held in the period Monday February 5th – Friday February 16th 2024.
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:

Subject Area(s):

Location(s):

PhD tools
 

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Ok Ok

PhD Alert Created

Job Alert Created

Your PhD alert has been successfully created for this search.

Your job alert has been successfully created for this search.

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Account Verification Missing

In order to create multiple job alerts, you must first verify your email address to complete your account creation

Request verification email Request verification email

jobs.ac.uk Account Required

In order to create multiple alerts, you must create a jobs.ac.uk jobseeker account

Create Account Create Account

Alert Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your account is currently blocked. Please login to unblock your account.

Email Address Blocked

We received a delivery failure message when attempting to send you an email and therefore your email address has been blocked. You will not receive job alerts until your email address is unblocked. To do so, please choose from one of the two options below.

Max Alerts Reached

A maximum of 5 Job Alerts can be created against your account. Please remove an existing alert in order to create this new Job Alert

Manage your job alerts Manage your job alerts

Creation Failed

Unfortunately, your alert was not created at this time. Please try again.

Ok Ok

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

Create PhD Alert

Create Job Alert

When you create this PhD alert we will email you a selection of PhDs matching your criteria.When you create this job alert we will email you a selection of jobs matching your criteria. Our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy apply to this service. Any personal data you provide in setting up this alert is processed in accordance with our Privacy Notice

 
 
 
More PhDs from Loughborough University

Show all PhDs for this organisation …

More PhDs like this
Join in and follow us

Browser Upgrade Recommended

jobs.ac.uk has been optimised for the latest browsers.

For the best user experience, we recommend viewing jobs.ac.uk on one of the following:

Google Chrome Firefox Microsoft Edge