PhD in Physical Geography

There are many opportunities for carrying out a PhD in Physical Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences, with several different funding routes.

A list of currently available projects is shown below. This list is not exhaustive, so if you have another idea or project in mind, please contact one of the supervisors listed below, other potential supervisors or the postgraduate admissions tutors to discuss and develop further.

NERC GW4+ projects 2019/20 - deadline 16.00 GMT Monday 7th January 2019

Project titleSupervisor(s)

Oceans losing breath: is anthropogenic climate change to blame for recent ocean deoxygenation?(DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet: )

Dr Oliver Andrews

Project description and more info (PDF, 234kB)

What is driving rapid changes in Canadian Arctic sea ice thickness? (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet: )

Dr Jack Landy

Project description and more info (PDF, 200kB)

The temperature of our planet – modelling and communicating a 500-million year history (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 324kB)

Climatic controls on landscape evolution (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Katerina Michaelides

Project description and more info (PDF, 202kB)

Understanding polar vortices on Earth by looking at different planets (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Dann Mitchell

Project description and more info (PDF, 236kB)

Advancing flood risk mapping from global modelling systems in small islands (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Jeff Neal

Project description and more info (PDF, 267kB)

What can the microbiome tell us about expanding ocean dead zones? (DTP Research Themes: Living World, Changing Planet)

Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo

Project description and more info (PDF, 313kB)

Other funded PhD projects

Project titleSupervisor(s)

The Antarctic Ice Sheet of the past million years

**deadline 30th November 2018**

Dr Ed Gasson

Project description and more info (PDF, 832kB)


Other PhD projects

These are suggested projects for which we currently have no funding. They would be ideal for holders of scholarships, or self-funded students.

Project titleSupervisor(s)
Closing the Ocean Carbon Cycle Professor Paul Valdes

Project description and more info (PDF, 321kB)

Caves as a window on land-atmosphere coupling in the carbon cycle Dr David Richards

Project description and more info (PDF, 279kB)

Evolution and diversity of novel marine nitrogen-fixing organisms and their impact on global climate

Dr Fanny Monteiro

Project description and more info (PDF, 227kB)

Developing regional scale hydrodynamic models Dr Jeff Neal

Project description and more info (PDF, 195kB)

Desert dust and ancient oceans: Implications for climate and atmospheric CO2

Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 340kB)

The impacts of land use change on climate, data and model analysis

Dr Jo House

Project description and more info (PDF, 339kB)

Using observations from space and the deep ocean to uncover the ocean's role in climate change

Dr Rory Bingham

Project description and more info (PDF, 208kB)

Atmospheric methane on the rise: investigating the drivers of methane’s abrupt changes Dr Anita Ganesan

Project description and more info (PDF, 266kB)

Hydrology and hydraulics of the Amazon floodplain Professor Paul Bates

Project description and more info (PDF, 318kB)

Researching controls of algal mortality on the Greenland Ice Sheet Professor Alex Anesio

Project description and more info (PDF, 145kB)

Current and future European flood risk Professor Paul Bates

Project description and more info (PDF, 127kB).

Energy and nutrient transfers at the “nexus of weathering and biology”: the rock-soil interface Professor Alex Anesio

Project description and more info (PDF, 425kB).

Palaeoenvironmental controls on the accumulation of hydrocarbon source rocks in Paratethys Dr Rachel Flecker

Project description and more info (PDF, 63kB).

Improved models of water quality behaviour for evaluating monitoring strategies, prediction uncertainties, and to support decision-making. Professor Jim Freer

Project description and more info (PDF, 235kB).

Developing regional scale hydrodynamic models Dr Jeff Neal

Project description and more info (PDF, 279kB).

Fractionation of magnesium isotopes during bacterially mediated carbonate precipitation; A new tool for understanding the origins of Mg-rich carbonates Professor Alex Anesio

Project description and more info (PDF, 88kB).

Exploring the Subglacial Biogeochemical Reactor and its Role in Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate Professor Martyn Tranter

Project description and more info (PDF, 87kB).

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