Applications to the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership are now closed.
We anticipate opening for applications early in October 2017 (for entry in autumn 2018). In the meantime you can find below 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.
PhD studentship projects previously funded by EnvEast:
Impact of climate change on Jellyfish occurrence (CASE award with the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science)
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.