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ENV East Doctoral Training Partnership


Applications to the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership are now closed.

Below you can browse some of the PhD projects we have previously funded; if you would like to be informed when applications open, or if you have any questions about EnvEast and our application process, please email us.

Projects previously funded by EnvEast


Impact of climate change on Jellyfish occurrence (CASE award with the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science)

Project description

There is much circumstantial evidence that jellyfish blooms are occurring more frequently in recent years, deteriorating water conditions with impact on tourism, and causing damage to coastal infrastructure including power plants. Jellyfish grow very quickly in warm waters, and form blooms that can dominate the ecosystem for short periods of time (weeks). As the surface waters warm under the influence of climate change, it is expected that jellyfish occurrence should increase, but this is complicated and poorly understood because of multiple interactions with the environment.

The PhD project will quantify the impact of climate change on the occurrence of jellyfish blooms in the world's oceans using a new database, observations and a model. Some field work to sample jellyfish as part of the Cefas annual fish survey will also be encouraged. Specifically, the project will:

  • Explore a new dataset on Jellyfish and krill;
  • Incorporate Jellyfish in a state-of-the-art global marine ecosystem model;
  • Conduct a series of model simulations of the recent past and of the future under changing climate conditions;
  • Perform a first-order economic quantification of the potential damages caused by Jellyfish occurrence in a changing climate.

This project will take place within the framework of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Marine Climate Change Centre.


Dr Sophie Pitois, Cefas (CASE supervisor)

Dr Erik Buitenhuis, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research/School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

  • Start date 1 October 2015