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Exemplar Projects

The Exemplar Projects further demonstrate the end-user input as well as the range of existing collaborations between ARIES partners, together with those forged from recent ARIES events. Although we encourage projects that address Priority Topics, they may fall within or outside of these, and range from blue-skies to end-user-driven research. Importantly, all potential ARIES supervisory teams will have to demonstrate that their projects are novel, challenging yet feasible, and offer outstanding discipline-specific and multidisciplinary training for the student to perform high-level, impactful research. If successful, supervisory teams will work within the ARIES framework to ensure that their student develops a tailored and balanced portfolio of skills to become a leading 21st-century scientist.

 

Table: Exemplar Potential Future Projects

The host partner is named first. Partners with a primary role as an end user are shown in italics. Other end users are in grey italics.

P - Priority Topic (1 to 8; see Priority Topics, above).

C - Cross-DTP with potential for co-funding (B = BBSRC NRP; E = ESRC DTP SeNSS).

Themes - Fit to ARIES themes (shown by shading, best in black):

1. Ecology & Biodiversity;

2. Marine, Atmospheric & Climate Science;

3. Geosciences, Resources & Environmental Risk;

4. Environmental Genomics & Microbiology;

5. Agri-Environments & Water

 

Title and Partners 

P

C

Theme

1

2

3

4

5

Futureproofing aquaculture through biological containment and improving closed systems UEA, UoP, PML, MBA, EI, Cefas

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimising pest insect release for biological control using repressible lethal genetic constructs UEA, CEH, Pirbright

1

B

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluating rapid biodiversity assessment at multiple scales using eDNA UoK, UEA, UoE, UoP, IoZ, CEH, CZ, WWFUK

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it safe to go into the sea? Influence of climate change on the abundance and distribution of pathogenic Vibrio bacteria UoE, UEA, Cefas

3

E

 

 

 

 

 

Air quality in the UK: the impact of boundary layer meteorology UEA, Defra

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding the impacts of nitrogen deposition and land management on seasonal fluxes of N2O and CH4 in forest soils RHL, UoE, FR

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

The effect of earthquake preconditioning on landslide distribution UoP, BGS, AECOM

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soil erosion, siltation and the food-water-energy-environment nexus UoP, UEA, NGOs in East Africa

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

New technologies for the removal of microplastics in waste streams UoP, UoE, UEA, AW

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimisng AutoNaut to understand polar sea-ice regions UEA, BAS, NOC, AutoNaut

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will seasonal-to-decadal changes in sea-ice cover affect Arctic shipping routes? BAS, UEA, UKMO

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimal scales for management and conservation of UK biodiversity and ecosystem functions UoK, UEA, IoZ, BTO, NE, CEH, Chester Zoo

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimising crop yield through pollen and pollinator diversity JIC, UEA, CEH, UoP

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roles of biodiversity and genetic variation in protecting food crops from enemies: an ecosystem approach JIC, EI, CEH, Pirbright

1

B

 

 

 

 

 

Cumulative environmental impacts of energy production development at multiple scales UoK, Royal Haskoning

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimising eDNA methods for quantifying presence, abundance and activity of aquatic alien invasive species CEH, UEA, UoK, NatureMetrics

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal pathogen evolution and ecology under future climate change scenarios IoZ, UEA, UoP, CEH, Defra

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genome editing for the exploration of biotechnological applications and evolutionary potential of microalgae UEA EI

3

B

 

 

 

 

 

Identifying environmental drivers of population dynamics in migratory birds using citizen science data BTO, UEA, UoK

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proximate drivers of local extinctions under extreme weather conditions in butterflies UEA, UoP, CEH

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adaptation to changing environments at the gametic level UEA, EI

3

B

 

 

 

 

 

Isotopic fingerprints of carbonyl sulfide, an analogue of CO2 in the atmosphere and biosphere UEA, JIC, NPL, U Utrecht

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biogenic trace gas production by seaweeds: impacts of worldwide aquaculture expansion UEA, MBA, UoE, U Malaya

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identifying origins and chemical transformation of air pollutants in London and Ho Chi Minh city UEA, RHL, NCAS, UKMO

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

The isotopic signature of urban methane emissions RHL, U Utrecht

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microbial roles in DMSP and DMS production, and atmospheric consequences PML, UEA, MBA, Cefas

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seawater control of an atmospheric pollutant: Ocean-atmosphere interactions between iodine and ozone UEA, PML

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contribution of microbes to local and global production of climate-active terpenes UoE, UEA, UoP, PML

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

A source of atmospheric nitrous acid in snow – understanding air quality above snow covered regions BAS, UEA

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will nitrous oxide emissions respond to global change? UEA, PML

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding the role of communication strategies in reducing the risk associated with volcanoes UEA, UoP, OS Geological Surveys

5

E

 

 

 

 

 

Volcanoes and retreating ice: feedbacks and interactions during eruptive activity UEA, Satellite Appl. Catapult

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainable soil and land management practices for safeguarding food security, livelihoods & biodiversity in east Africa UoP, UEA, African NGOs

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novel techniques to detect and predict microplastic pollution UoP, UoE, Defra, AW

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mechanisms of aggregation and mass transport of microplastics in intertidal sediments UoP, UoE, UEA, Cefas

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Implications of declining Arctic sea ice on the production of climate-active gases PML, UoE, UEA, BAS, Cefas

8

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is increased insect pest attack in forests a sign of compromised ecosystem function? UoP, NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Determining the contribution of oil-spill dispersants to marine-snow formation and thus on oil/carbon sinking UoE, MBA, OSRL, Cefas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How effective are catchment approaches to reducing metaldehyde loss to water supplies? UEA, RHL, AW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynamics of nanoparticle impacts on irrigated and sludge-treated crops UoE, JIC, ADC Bioscientific Ltd.

 

B

 

 

 

 

 

Impacts of trace metals from ship plumes on marine biogeochemistry UoP, UEA, PML, Brittany Ferries, Bermuda Inst. Ocean Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predicting reintroduction success of endangered species UoK, IoZ, Chester Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Determining the role of gulls in the global spread of antimicrobial resistance UoE, BTO, UoP, PHE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directional reflectance of desert sands and salt pans for vicarious calibration of satellite remote sensing RHL, NPL, Satellite Appl. Catapult

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future changes in storminess in southern ocean BAS, UEA, Defra, Gardline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll: passive and automated sensing of fluvial sediment and wood transport UEA, UoP, SW Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather-climate feedbacks during Eocene hyperthermal global warming events RHL, UoP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep-sea octocoral seascape genomics: implications of deep-sea mining UoE, UoP, Cefas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding controls on oxygen deficits in UK waters using a community ecosystem model and isotopic tools PML, UEA, Cefas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensor development for understanding life-cycle & behaviour responses of shellfish in changing environments UoE, Colchester Oyster Fisheries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numerical modelling of pollutant transport by porous flow RHL, UEA, AW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for baselines in benthic habitats: the land-use change in the sea we cannot see UoP, UoE, NE, MMO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geophysical detection of fluid movement at active volcanoes UEA, BGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legacy and current drivers of algal community dynamics and water quality in drinking waters UoE, AW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapid adaptive evolution of microalgae is realized by two-tier genomes and transcriptomes UEA, EI

 

B

 

 

 

 

 

The future governance of ‘blue’ common pool resources: what do fisheries and ‘blue’ carbon have in common? UEA, UoE, Cefas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magmatic flow along the fast-spreading ridge system of the Oman ophiolite UoP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What drives urban community assembly in northern Amazonia? UoK, UEA, Protected Areas Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biodegradation of mixtures of organic pesticides & effects on freshwater ecosystem function UoE, UEA, AW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring the reach and significance of sexual selection at the phenome and genome using experimental evolution UEA, UoP, UoE, EI

 

B

 

 

 

 

 

Extremes of water availability and water quality under climate change: sensitivity to rainfall resolution UEA, AW