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EnvEast funded over 80 NERC PhD studentships over five years of student intakes.

Below you can find brief details of some of the research we funded (and continue to fund). If you would like further information about any of these projects, please email us at env.east@uea.ac.uk.

If you are looking for current PhD opportunities, please visit EnvEast's successor DTP website: www.aries-dtp.ac.uk.

Projects previously funded by EnvEast

Project Primary supervisor Lead Institute Project partners (*CASE partners)
Microbes, mud, mucus & minerals: deep-time record of microbial environments & processes Prof Julian Andrews UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Tullow Oil
The role of sea ice in the Southern Ocean carbon sink using novel biogeochemical sensors Dr Dorothee Bakker UEA, School of Environmental Sciences British Antarctic Survey, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Alfred Wagner Institute
An integrated volcanic risk analysis of Dominica, Lesser Antilles Prof Jenni Barclay UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of the West Indies
Critical controls on eruptive behaviour of an intraplate volcano Prof Jenni Barclay UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of Durham, Natural History Museum
Modelling lahar hazard & landscape disturbance following a volcanic eruption on the island of Montserrat Dr Georgie Bennett UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Montserrat Volcano Observatory, University of Sheffield
Landsliding in Nepal: exploring the role of earthquakes, rivers & roads   Dr Sarah Boulton University of Plymouth, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences AECOM*
Social organisation of the Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum Prof Andrew Bourke UEA, School of Biological Sciences  
Dominance & policing in bumble bees Prof Andrew Bourke UEA, School of Biological Sciences  
Spilling the beans on the densest water formed in the North Atlantic Dr Alex Brearley British Antarctic Survey University of East Anglia, Cefas*
The biodiversity of organic phosphate (phytate) cycling in soils Dr Charles Brearley UEA, School of Biological Sciences AB Vista*
Assessment of the outcomes of biodiversity offset projects under ‘no net loss’ policy Dr Joseph Bull University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology University of Copenhagen, Balfour Beatty*
Improving & extending biodiversity indices Dr Simon Butler UEA, School of Biological Sciences RSPB*
Community ecology of the native Oyster (Ostrea edulis): developing best practice for economic & environmental sustainability of an important regional fishery Dr Tom Cameron University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority*, Colchester Oyster Fishery
What makes a habitat a home for juvenile fish? Assessing the importance of estuary habitat characteristics for growth & survival of European Sea bass Dr Tom Cameron University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Cefas*, University of East Anglia
Mate recognition in insect control Prof Tracey Chapman UEA, School of Biological Sciences Pirbright Institute
Quantifying glacial-interglacial ocean temperature change using clumped isotopes Dr Mark Chapman UEA, School of Environmental Sciences  
Does microplastic pollution pose a risk to marine life & food security? Dr Matthew Cole Plymouth Marine Laboratory University of East Anglia, University of Plymouth
Marine microbial biogeochemistry of carbon monoxide – connecting biodiversity with ecosystem function Dr Michael Cunliffe Marine Biological Association of the UK University of East Anglia
Fungal parasites of marine diatoms – the biology & ecology of marine chytrids Dr Michael Cunliffe Marine Biological Association of the UK University of East Anglia
Effects of farmland management on functional traits & pollination ecology of bee & hoverfly assemblages Dr Richard Davies UEA, School of Biological Sciences Conservation Grade
Road verges for bumblebee conservation: a green infrastructure opportunity or an ecological trap Dr Lynn Dicks UEA, School of Biological Sciences Highways England*, Costain Ltd*, Bumblebee Conservation Trust*
The impact of viruses on methanol cycling in marine waters Dr Jo Dixon Plymouth Marine Laboratory University of East Anglia, Marine Biological Association of the UK
Weatherproofing for a smarter, resilient & more sustainable agri-sector Prof Steve Dorling UEA, School of Environmental Sciences National Institute of Agricultural Botany 
Mechanisms driving changes in migratory behaviour of long lived birds in response to global Dr Aldina Franco UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of Lisbon, British Trust for Ornithology
Demographic consequences of different migratory strategies in a partially migratory species  Dr Aldina Franco UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of Lisbon, British Trust for Ornithology*
Does male-specific infertility explain butterfly range shifts under climate warming  Prof Matt Gage UEA, School of Biological Sciences  
Landscape & local-scale management for threatened breeding wader populations Prof Jenny Gill UEA, School of Biological Sciences RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology*
Understanding the factors limiting climate-driven range shifts in birds Dr James Gilroy UEA, School of Environmental Sciences National Audobon Society
Population drivers, demographics & disease in wild snake populations Prof Richard Griffiths University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology British Trust for Ornithology*, ARC Trust, ZSL Institute of Zoology
Measuring the effects of supplementary-feeding on trajectory of threatened populations Prof Jim Groombridge University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology ZSL Institute of Zoology, Wildlife Vets International*, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust*
How is environmental change shaping the future of Southeast Asia’s top predators? Prof Jim Groombridge University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network*, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Modelling future flood risk for adaptation planning of coastal & inland flooding: a case study of the Dr Helen He UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Broads Authority*
Geophysical modelling of fluid movement at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Dr Richard Herd UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Cascades Volcano Observatory
Ocean2ice: ocean-ice interaction in the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica  Prof Karen Heywood UEA, School of Environmental Sciences  
Ocean processes triggering monsoon rainfall Prof Karen Heywood UEA, School of Environmental Sciences National Oceanography Centre
Dual stable isotope determination of nitrogen transformation in a lowland arable catchment under different agricultural regimes Prof Kevin Hiscock UEA, School of Environmental Sciences  
Is ocean melting driving Larsen C Ice Shelf towards collapse? Dr Paul Holland British Antarctic Survey University of East Anglia
Partner choice: the chemical ecology of microbiomes Prof Matthew Hutchings UEA, School of Biological Sciences  
Understanding the symbiosis between antibiotic-producing Streptomyces bacteria & plant roots Prof Matt Hutchings UEA, School of Biological Sciences John Innes Centre
Improvements with a purpose: the role of accurate earthquake locations in the mapping of a volcanic plumbing system Dr Jessica Johnson UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of the West Indies
The Sun The Stratosphere & Seasonal Climate Prediction Dr Manoj Joshi UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Met Office
New threats to the ozone layer: Exploring ozone-depleting substances in the upper troposphere & stratosphere Dr Johannes Laube UEA, School of Environmental Sciences  
Scaling up dynamic responses of stomata to assess impacts on tree canopy carbon gain & water use efficiency Prof Tracy Lawson University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Forest Research*
Impact of climate change on gelatinous plankton (e.g. Jellyfish & salps)  occurrence Prof Corinne Le Quere UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Cefas*
The ingestion of microplastics by plankton, & implications for the wider marine ecosystem & human wellbeing. Dr Pennie Lindeque Plymouth Marine Laboratory Defra*
Extremophiles in benign environments: insights into the distribution & function of microorganisms Dr Etienne Low-Decarie University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences  
Investigating climate change via the atmosphere: Using multi-species greenhouse gas measurements to shed light on Earth System land, ocean & atmospheric processes Dr Andrew Manning UEA, School of Environmental Sciences  
Winners & losers in a more acidified ocean: impact on the physiology & life history of two pteropod species Dr Clara Manno British Antarctic Survey University of East Anglia
Microbial degradation of acetaldehyde in marine environments Dr Terry McGenity University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of East Anglia
Efficacy & effects of dispersants on the biodegradation of marine oil spills Dr Boyd McKew University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Cefas*
Biofilters for mitigation of landfill methane emissions Prof Colin Murrell UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Norfolk County Council*
Alcohol in the Polar Oceans Prof Phil Nightingale Plymouth Marine Laboratory University of East Anglia, British Antarctic Survey
Melting of ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula Dr Andrew Orr British Antarctic Survey University of East Anglia
Weather extremes under a changing climate: making better projections of future climate Prof Tim Osborn UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Atkins*
Strategic development of the innovative in-line plankton image analysis (PIA) system to fit policy & ecosystem modelling data needs Dr Sophie Pitois UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Cefas*, University of Plymouth
Microbial lignocellulose degradation in the environment Dr Jennifer Pratscher Heriot Watt University University of East Anglia, Recyclatech Ltd*
The Big Chill - Observing & modelling cold air outbreaks Prof Ian Renfrew UEA, School of Environmental Sciences British Antarctic Survey, Met Office
Evolving with pathogens: how pathogens drive genetic diversity over space & time in an island bird Prof David Richardson UEA, School of Biological Sciences  
Offspring or survival: Antagonistic effects & the maintenance of genetic variation in an isolated island population of Seychelles warblers Prof David Richardson UEA, School of Biological Sciences Groningen University, University of Sheffield
The Southern Ocean: barrier or blender? Dr Hayder Salman UEA, School of Mathematics  
Societal recovery & adaptation following volcanic eruptions Mr Peter Simmons UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of Exeter
Corals at the extreme: partitioning the response of coral holobionts to marginal habitats Prof David Smith University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Australian Institute of Marine Science, University of Shizuoka
Modelling future scenarios for conservation land-use in England Dr Bob Smith University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology Natural England*
Genomic signatures of adaptation in an island bird Dr Lewis Spurgin UEA, School of Biological Sciences IPNA-CSIC*
Developing novel analytical tools to explore the marine volatile metabolome Dr Michael Steinke University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences University of East Anglia, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Understanding covariation between biodiversity & ecosystem functions  across a modified tropical landscape Dr Matt Struebig University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership*
Quantifying biodiversity responses to land-use change via non-invasive sampling of tropical mammals Dr Matthew Struebig University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology Queen Mary University of London
Monitoring responses of tropical vertebrates to land-use change using acoustic technologies Dr Matthew Struebig University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology Queen Mary University of London
Isotopic signatures of atmospheric gases in ice cores Prof Bill Sturges UEA, School of Environmental Sciences British Antarctic Survey
Southern Ocean Uptake of Atmospheric CO2 : Where should we measure it Dr Parv Suntharalingam UEA, School of Environmental Sciences British Antarctic Survey
Determining the active flux of carbon within the Southern Ocean & its sensitivity to climate change  Prof Geraint Tarling British Antarctic Survey University of East Anglia
Detecting zooplankton foray behaviour in polar marine environments Prof Geraint Tarling British Antarctic Survey University of East Anglia
Metagenetic approaches to studying marine food webs: support for ecosystem based fisheries management. Dr Martin Taylor UEA, School of Biological Sciences Cefas
The role of transposable elements & whole genome duplication in the adaptive radiation of neotropical catfishes Dr Martin Taylor UEA, School of Biological Sciences  
Microbial Ecological approaches used to investigate DMSP catabolism in marine sediment & pelagic environments Dr Jonathan Todd UEA, School of Biological Sciences Cefas
Biosedimentological cascades: the effects of wading birds on the erosion properties and Dr Trevor Tolhurst UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of Essex
Genome wide analysis of drift & selection using historic & contemporary samples of the endangered Mauritius Pink Pigeon Prof Cock van Oosterhout UEA, School of Environmental Sciences Earlham Institute, Natural History Museum
Population genomics & the adaptive evolution of phytoplankton in changing oceans Prof Cock van Oosterhout UEA, School of Environmental Sciences University of Gothenburg
Investigation of the hydrological impacts of climate change in the Tana Basin, East Africa Prof Rachel Warren UEA, School of Environmental Sciences  
Disentangling plant-soil/microbe-plant feedback loop interactions under soil drought stress conditions. Dr Corinne Whitby University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences ADC Ltd*, Rothamsted Research
Atmosphere-Ocean Exchange in the Anthropocene – How Air Pollution Modifies the ‘Smell of the Sea’ Dr Mingxi Yang Plymouth Marine Laboratory University of East Anglia
Ocean-eddy atmosphere interaction Dr Xiaoming Zhai UEA, School of Environmental Sciences British Antarctic Survey