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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

  • Evolutionary Responses of Freshwater Invertebrates to Global Climate Change

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    • Application deadline: 8 January 2018
    • Supervisors: Dr Alex Dumbrell, Dr Michelle Taylor (University of Essex), Prof Guy Woodward , Dr Eoin O'Gorman, Dr Rebecca Kordas (Imperial College London)
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  • NOSy: An Non-invasive Oyster Sensor to monitor spawning in bivalves

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    • Application deadline: 8 January 2018
    • Supervisors: Dr Michael Steinke, Dr Tom Cameron, Dr John Woods (University of Essex), Mr Paul Harding (Colchester Oyster Fishery)
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  • What makes a habitat a home for juvenile fish? Assessing the importance of estuary habitat characteristics for growth and survival of European sea bass

  • How and why bacteria produce the abundant, climate-active gas, isoprene

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    • Application deadline: 8 January 2018
    • Supervisors: Dr Terry McGenity, Dr Mike Hough, Dr Boyd McKew (University of Essex), Dr Jonathan Todd (University of East Anglia)
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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 and 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 and 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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