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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities


Projects for NERC -funded Research Experience Placements (REPs) 2024 


The 18 projects open for applications are listed here. Please email for full details of the project/s that you are interested in.

Applications close on Friday 3rd May 2024

1. Photosynthesis vs growth in trees - now and in the future (Lead supervisor: Andrew Friend, Department of Geography)

2. Stabilization of soil organic carbon following disturbance (Lead supervisor: Adam Pellegrini, Department of Plant Sciences)

3. Could energetic limits to foraging range explain changes in inland nesting distributions of petrels on the Antarctic continent over the last 50,000 years? (Lead supervisor: Richard Phillips, British Antarctic Survey)

4. High-temperature deformation of calcite in the scanning electron microscope (Lead supervisor: David Wallis, Department of Earth Sciences) 

5. Competition, cooperation and morphological specialisation within the family (Lead supervisor: Rebecca Kilner, Department of Zoology) 

6. Recovery of coral reefs post cyclones (Lead supervisor: Emily Mitchell, Department of Zoology)

7. Mechanisms of climate driven variability of ocean physics and biogeochemistry in the North Atlantic Ocean (Lead supervisor: Yohei Takano, British Antarctic Survey) 

8. Finding the ocean's lungs: The position and timing of Southern Ocean ventilation (Lead supervisor: Andrew Styles, British Antarctic Survey) 

9. Hydrodynamic sorting of heavy minerals in the Rio Canete, Peru (Lead supervisor: Morag Hunter, Department of Earth Sciences)

10. Effects of parental care on phenotypic variation in a mouthbrooding cichlid fish (Lead supervisor: Emilia Santos, Department of Zoology)

11. Idealised ocean-ice modelling of the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica (Lead supervisor: Michael Haigh, British Antarctic Survey)

12. Prioritising global glaciovolcanic risk assessments (Lead supervisor: Max Van Wyk de Vries, Department of Geography)

13. Exploring calcite biomineralization in molluscs (Lead supervisor: Liz Harper, Department of Earth Sciences)

14. Integrating sediment biogeochemistry with OceanBioME (Lead supervisor: Alexandra Turchyn, Department of Earth Sciences)

15. Benefits of habitat restoration for rare and common wild pollinators (Lead supervisor: Lynn Dicks, Department of Zoology)

16. Changes in Antarctic bottom water pathways from the Weddell Sea to the Atlantic (Lead supervisor: Christopher Auckland, British Antarctic Survey)

17. Extracting georeferenced environmental data from early Polar expeditions charts (Lead supervisor: Marc Macias-Fauria, Department of Geography)

18. The genetic basis of dwarf birch in driving the greening of the Arctic (Lead supervisor: Marc Macias-Fauria, Department of Geography)