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Other Grants and Studentships

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PhD position in Aquatic Ecology & Biodiversity Research at the Cologne Biocenter

Interactions between consumer and resource diversity under changing environmental conditions

The position is funded with 50-65% of TVL-13 for 3 years depending on the applicant's qualifications. It is available immediately (the project should not start later than June, 2012) and applications are welcome until the position is filled.

The general goal of the project is to understand mechanisms that contribute to the evolution and maintenance of biological diversity using molecular methods.

More information:  (Link takes you to 'Aquatic Chemical Ecology' workgroup webpage, click on News for PhD information).

(Date posted 23 March 2012)

PhD Studentships in Fish Biology

The University of Glasgow is offering 3 PhD studentships funded for 3 years in fish biology.

  • Life history strategies in the sea-trout Salmo trutta

This project will focus on the environmental mechanisms promoting a sea-migration life-history pathway in the anadromous variant of this species.

  • The effect of small scale in-stream hydro-schemes on the riverine fishes.

Small scale hydro-electric generating schemes are burgeoning in the UK and Ireland. However the potential impacts on the natural aquatic fauna is poorly understood. This project will focus particularly on the impact of small scale hydro installations on native fish species.

  • The ecology underpinning conservation management of rare freshwater fishes

This project will focus on the autecology of rare freshwater fish species in Ireland and Scotland. The main study species will be the Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus, smelt Osmerus eperlanus, Coregonus spp. and shad (Alosa sp.). This work will have direct importance in defining future conservation and policy for rare fish.

Supervisors: Prof Colin Adams (Glasgow University) and Dr Patrick Boylan (Loughs Agency).

Closing date for applications is 14th April 2012

More information.

(Date posted 20 March 2012)

Fully funded NERC PhD Studentship on Lake Baikal at the University of Nottingham

Algal community response to pollution and environmental change in Lake Baikal, Russia, over the last 1000 years

Supervisors: Suzanne McGowan, George Swann (University of Nottingham), Anson Mackay (University College London)

Closing date for applications is 31 March 2012

We have an exciting PhD opportunity for a motivated graduate student interested in using palaoelimnology to investigate recent environmental change in Lake Baikal (Russia).  The project will focus on the use of chlorophyll and carotenoid pigment biomarkers to determine the impacts of pollution and nutrient enrichment on algal communities in this unique ecosystem (the world's deepest lake). The project will work alongside  a large NERC-funded project Silicon isotope records of recent environmental change and anthropogenic pollution from Lake Baikal, Siberia and will provide the opportunity for both winter and summer fieldwork trips to the lake for the student.  The studentship is fully funded with an annual NERC maintenance award over 3 years.  The following link has further details about the project and application procedure.

(Date posted 6 March 2012)

Three Year Full Time PhD Research Studentship at Oxford Brooks University

Agricultural small water bodies: carbon sources or sinks?

Application deadline: 30th March 2012
Start date: 17th September 2012
Bursary of £13,590 for 2012/13 & fees.

For more information please visit

(Date posted 13 March 2012)

PhD studentship available at Cardif University

Catchment and riparian subsidy effects on upland stream ecosystems

Application deadline: 16th April 2012
Start date: October 2012
Supervisors: Dr Isabelle Durance, Dr Ian Vaughan and Prof Steve Ormerod

For more information please visit

(Date posted 13 March 2012)

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