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EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership

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Overview and studentships

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration between the Universities of Essex, East Anglia and Kent, and other organisations working in our fields of interest.

We offer fully-funded PhD studentships to research students in our School of Biological Sciences undertaking projects in three key themes:

  1. climate, marine and atmospheric systems
  2. biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable development
  3. natural hazards

Studentships for October 2018

We anticipate opening recruitment for October 2018 studentships shortly.

EnvEast is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The innovative projects offered, address major societal issues including climate change and the remediation of pollutants. You'll use the most cutting-edge techniques and approaches in ecology, evolution and biogeochemistry.

As an Essex student in these fields, you'll belong to our vibrant Plant Productivity Group, in which research addresses important environmental problems such as climate change and pollution.

Please feel free to contact supervisors to discuss the projects further.

Studentships which started in October 2017

  • Efficacy and effects of dispersants on the biodegradation of marine oil spills – CASE award with Cefas (Student: Gareth Thomas)
    (Supervisors: Boyd McKew & Terry McGenity (Essex) and Jan Brant (Cefas))
  • Extremophiles in benign environments: insights into the distribution and function of microorganisms (Student: Emese Bartha)
    (Supervisors: Etienne Low-Decarie & Terry McGenity)
  • The ingestion of microplastics by plankton, and implications for the wider marine ecosystem and human wellbeing – CASE award with Defra (Student: Zara Botterell)
    (Supervisors: Michael Steinke with Penelope Lindeque and Nicola Beaumont at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Richard Thompson at University of Plymouth)


EnvEast offers you a range of training and professional development opportunities during your period of study. You'll also have many networking opportunities, enabling you to build long-term relationships with other researchers in your field.

As well as EnvEast opportunities, you will also benefit from Proficioour University's unique professional development scheme for doctoral students. You'll receive up to £2,000 during your studies to fund specialist training across a range of areas from research skills and managing your PhD, to presenting your work and getting published.

EnvEast also offers innovation and enterprise training to all PhD students and early career researchers at partner universities. You don't need to be in receipt of a studentship to participate.

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