Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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Available PhD Topics

Funded projects open for applications:

Topic Supervisor Co-supervisor Funding Body
Biosignatures in Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks - When “Nano” meets “Geo” Project details (pdf)

Application Deadline: 21st April 2014.
 Dominic Papineau
  London Centre for Nanotechnology and RCUK/JeS

First-principles active materials by design. Project details (pdf)

Application Deadline: 1st June 2014.

Ronald Cohen  

UCL studentship

First-principles simulations of Fluids in the Earth, Planets, and Exoplanets. Project details (pdf)

Application Deadline: 1st June2014.

Ronald Cohen  

UCL studentship

Impact melting and vaporization of Earth. Project details (pdf)

Application Deadline: until filled

Lars Stixrude Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni


ERC Project

Pre-melting in planetary core. Project details (pdf)

Application Deadline: 21st April 2014.

Lidunka Vočadlo Ian Wood & David Dobson  STFC

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

We are part of the London NERC DTP which is offering up to 34 studentships in environmental science research training.  Applications are now open with the closing date on the 17th of February 2014 by 9am.  About DTP.

Please read the Important Notes before applying.

As part of this program we are offering the following projects:

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

Topic (pdf documents) Supervisor Co-supervisor
A multi-disciplinary approach to the analysis of crocodylian phylogeny, diversity and biogeographic history in ‘Deep Time’ Paul Upchurch Julia Day
Evolution and extinction in Miocene planktonic foraminiferal genus Paragloborotalia. Bridget Wade Giles Miller, NHM
Size control on extinction dynamics in Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera. Bridget Wade Andy Purvis, NHM

Earth Dynamics

Topic (pdf documents) Supervisor Co-supervisor
Combining seismology and space geodesy for accurate quantification of global earthquakes and 3-D Earth structure Ana Ferreira  
Evolution and significance of fault damage structures on plate boundary faults: the southern San Andreas fault system Tom Mitchell  
Ice shelf dynamics. Peter Sammonds  
The density and rheological structure of the lithosphere. Lars Stixrude Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni
Trapped ocean basins and their topographic signals. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni  

Environmental Pollution

Topic (pdf documents) Supervisor Co-supervisor

Natural and Biological Hazards

Topic (pdf documents) Supervisor Co-supervisor
Reassessing the volcanic hazard of unusual lavas in the East African rift. Adrian Jones Chris Kilburn
Forecasting unrest and eruption at large volcanic calderas. Chris Kilburn Agust Gudmundsson, RHUL
Temporal and spatial strain accumulation within the Italian Apennines from modelling and laboratory experiments. Joanna Faure Walker, IRDR Peter Sammonds
Ca isotopes as a potential tracer for CO2 in magmatic systems. Christina Mannin, RHUL Phillip Pogge Von Strandmann

Past Life and Environments

Topic (pdf documents) Supervisor Co-supervisor
Plankton evolution and the Paleogene/Neogene transition. Paul Bown  
Taxonomic, Stratigraphic and Environmental Bias in the Hominin Fossil Record. Philip Hopley, Birkbeck Paul Upchurch
Architecture and stacking patterns of deep-marine lobe and related deposits, Eocene Hecho Group, Jaca basin, Spanish Pyrenees: Depositional processes, sandbody geometry and stacking patterns Kevin Pickering
Paul Bown
The Neoproterozoic Luoquan/Fengtai glaciation on the North China craton. Graham Shields Daniel Le Heron, RHUL
The Neoproterozoic nitrogen cycle Graham Shields  

Earth-Life System Integration

Topic Supervisor Co-supervisor

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