School of GeoSciences

PhD projects

PhD Projects offered for 2016 and 2017 entry

Please apply using the link 'Apply' next to the project you are interested in. The link will take you to the University's online application system (EUCLID) at the page: 'Course and degree finder'. There is information on the research area your chosen project is part of. On this page, go to the 'Apply for this degree' box on the right hand side and under PhD (Full-time), select your intended month of start from the drop-down box before clicking 'Apply'.

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

The projects marked as "NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding" are part of the E3 DTP which offers fully funded PhD to UK/EU citizens who have worked or studied in the UK for the previous 3 years.

Next intake will start in September 2017. Deadline for applications is 16 January 2017.

Please visit the E3 DTP website for further details on the entry requirements and guidance on how to apply before submitting any application for those specific projects.

  • Dr Darren F Mark (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre), Dr Stephen Brusatte (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Zoltan Csiki (University of Bucharest) and Dr Mark Norell (American Museum of Natural History)
Available

  • Dr Ruth Doherty, (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Oliver Wild (Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University), Dr Fiona O'Connor (Met Office, Hadley Centre), Dr Massimo Bollasina (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinbur
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

Andesite Genesis: A Sumatran Case study

  • Dr. Kate Saunders and Dr. Linda Kirstein (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr. Val Troll (Uppsala University)
Available

  • Peter Alexander (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dominic Moran (SRUC)
Available

  • Peter Levy, Kerry Dinsmore, Bryan Spears (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - Edinburgh) and Kate Heal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Albert Phillimore, Jarrod Hadfield and Graham Stone (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Richard Essery, (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Bernd Kulessa, (Swansea University) and Oliver Kuras (British Geological Survey, Keyworth)
Available

  • Prof Ruth Doherty, Dr Massimo Bollasina (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Helen Dacre (Department of Meteorology, University of Reading)
Available

  • Isla Myers-Smith (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Maria Dornelas (School of Biology, University of St Andrews) and Anne Bjorkman (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Available

  • Ondrej Masek, Greg Cowie (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Andrew Free (School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Ondrej Masek and Dr Saran Sohi (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding (CASE)

Biochar in forestry (CASE)

  • Dr Saran Sohi (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr. Mike Perks (Forest Research, Forestry Commission), Dr Ondřej Ma¨ek (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Kyle Dexter, Caroline Lehmann and Casey Ryan (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr. Lea-Anne Henry, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Prof. J. Murray Roberts, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and Dr. Telmo Morato, IMAR-University of the Azores
Available

  • Prof. Simon Tett (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Helen Brindley (Dept of Physics, Imperial College & NCEO)
Available

  • Drs Casey Ryan, Janet Fisher (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Isla Grundy (University of Zimbabwe), Dr Kate Schreckenberg (University of Southampton)
Available

  • Prof Gabriele Hegerl (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Rob Wilson (Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews), Dr Andrew Schurer (SoG, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Mikaël Attal, Dr Simon Mudd, (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Martin Hurst (British Geological Survey)
Available

  • Dr. Noel Gourmelen and Dan Goldberg(University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Geoffrey Bromiley, Prof Paul Attfield and Dr Ian Butler (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Darren J Obbard and Pedro Vale (Institute of Evolutionary Biology,University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr. Byongjun (Phil) Hwang (Scottish Association for Marine Science), Dr. Daniel Goldberg , Dr Noel Gourmelen and Prof. Simon Tett (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Massimo A. Bollasina and Paul I. Palmer (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof. Simon Tett (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Cora Cartis (University of Oxford) and Prof. Gabi Hegerl (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Hugh Sinclair, Dr Mike Attal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Prof Trevor Hoey (University of Glasgow)
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

Earthquake physics and earthquake forecasting

  • Dr Margarita Segou (British Geological Survey), Prof I G Main and Dr M Naylor (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Paul M. Sharp (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh) and Sarah Green (Forest Research, Roslin)
Available

  • Dr Anthony Newton (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Julia Crummy (British Geological Survey) and Prof Andrew Dugmore (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Raja Ganeshram and Laetitia Pichevin (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • John McCloskey and Mark Naylor (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Mathew Williams and Dr Casey Ryan (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Mike Perks (Forest Research)
Available

  • Ian B. Butler, Bryne T. Ngwenya, Linda Kirstein (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Fred Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire)
Available

  • Dr Susan Johnston and Prof Josephine Pemberton (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Mathew Williams, Dr Isla Myers Smith and Dr Lorna Street (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr. Edward Mitchard, Dr. Caroline Lehmann (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Noel Gourmelen and Dan Goldberg (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Tetsuya Komabayashi and Kathy Whaler (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Massimo A. Bollasina and Ruth Doherty (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Florian Fusseis and Prof Dr Simon Harley (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Lorna Street, Prof. Kate Heal and Dr Isla Myers-Smith (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Florian Fusseis, Prof Simon Harley, Dr Ian Butlerchool (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Alessandro Tengattini (Laboratoire 3SR, University Grenoble Alpes)
Available

  • Dr Linda Kirstein and Prof Godrey Fitton (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Inger Greve Alsos (Museum of Tromso) and Steve Brooks (Natural History Museum, London)
Available

  • Professors John B Moncrieff and Mat Williams (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr. Lara Kalnins, Dr. Richard Essery and Dr. Linda Kirstein (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Eva Panagiotakopulu (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Mark Bateman (University of Sheffield), Richard C. Chiverrell (University of Liverpool), Jonathan Lee (British Geological Survey) and Alex Thomas (School of GeoSciences, University of E
Available

  • Prof Charles Cockell (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh), Dr Philippa Ascough (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)
Available

  • Dr Tetsuya Komabayashi, Prof. Kathy Whaler (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof. Dominic Moran (SRUC), Dr Peter Alexander and Prof Mark Rounsevell (University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Mikael Attal, Dr Simon Mudd and Prof Hugh Sinclair (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Jarrod Hadfield, Albert Phillimore (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh) and Oscar Gaggiottie (University of St Andrews)
Available

  • Prof. Andrew Curtis - The University of Edinburgh Prof. Tarje Nissen-Meyer - The University of Oxford
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

Mathematical models of urban dispersion

  • Prof Jacques Vanneste (School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh) and Prof Ruth Doherty (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Gabriele Hegerl and Prof. Simon Tett (School of GeoSciences, University of GeoSciences)
Available

  • Bryne T Ngwenya (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Stephen P Hoad (Scottish Rural College), Kate Heal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Fred Mosselmans (Diamond White Source Limited)
Available

  • Dr Chris McDermott (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr A Bond (Quintessa Ltd), Dr S D G Campbell (British Geological Survey)
Available

  • Dr Sebastian Hennige (Geoscience, University of Edinburgh), Dr Yeaw Chu Lee (EPS, Heriot-Watt University) and Dr Nick Kamenos (University of Glasgow)
Available

  • Dr Mark Naylor, Dr Mikael Attal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Prof Trevor Hoey (University of Glasgow) and Dr Rebecca Hodge (Durham University)
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding (CASE)

Modelling the UK biomass market (CASE)

  • Peter Alexander, Mark Rounsevell (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dominic Moran (SRUC)
Available

  • Dr Mark Naylor, Dr Eliza S Calder (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Jin Sun (School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Robert Bingham, Dr Noel Gourmelen and Dr Dan Goldberg (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Sarah Reece and Dr Craig Walling (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Sarah Reece (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Nick Savill, (Institute of Immunology & Infection Research, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Jacob Moorad and Per Smiseth (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof. Murray Roberts, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Sebastian Hennige, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Marina Carreiro-Silva, IMAR University of the Azores, Dr. Tina Kutti, Institute for Marine Research, Norway, D
Available

  • Dr Karsten Schonrogge (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Prof. Graham Stone, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Melanie Gibbs (CEH) and Dr Joan Cottrell (Forestry Research)
Available

  • Dr Geoffrey Bromiley (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Wren Montgomery (Dept. Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London), Professor Paul Attfield (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Caroline Nichol (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Carole Helfter (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof. David Stevenson (University of Edinburgh) and Dr. Owen Cooper (NOAA Boulder Colorado)
Available

  • Dr Stuart Gilfillan, Dr Gareth Johnson and Prof. Stuart Haszeldine (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Paul Palmer (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Cees-Jan De Hoog and Godfrey Fitton (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Laetitia Pichevin and Prof Rachel Wood (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Robert Bingham and Dr Andrew Hein (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Professor David Vaughan (British Antarctic Survey)
Available

  • Prof Jason Love, Dr Carole Morrison (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh) Dr Bryne Ngwenya (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Glenn Marion (BIOSS); Antje Ahrends (Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh); Caroline Lehmann (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Ioannis Papastathopoulos (School of Mathematics, University of GeoSciences) and Gabriele C Hegerl (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Nicholle Bell, Dr Mathew Heal (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Margaret Graham (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Darren Mark, Ryan Ickert (SUERC) and Kate Saunders (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Paul Palmer, Dave Reay (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Tim Arnold (National Physical Laboratory, Teddington)
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

Surface and interior turbulence in the ocean

  • Prof Jacques Vanneste and Dr James R Maddison (School of Mathematics and Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Ian B Butler (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh), Adrian Boyce (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, East Kilbride) and Bryne T Ngwenya (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr. Lara Kalnins and Prof. Godfrey Fitton (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr. Benjamin Cohen (University of Glasgow) and Dr. Jeroen van Hunen (Durham University)
Available

  • Amy Pedersen (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Centre for Infection, Immunity and Evolution, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh), Simon Babayan (Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow)
Available

  • Dr Matt Bell and Prof. Graham Stone (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Pedro Vale and Tom Little (Institute of Evolutionary Biology, School of Biology Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Patrick Walsh and Dr Nick Colegrave (School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Lorna Street, Prof Mathew Williams and Dr Richard Essery (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

The rise of animals: oxygenation vs predation

  • Rachel Wood, Alex Thomas (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Andrey Yu Zhuravlev (Moscow State University)
Available

  • Dr Dan Goldberg, Dr Sian Henley, Dr Noel Gourmelen, Prof Raja Ganeshram (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Dan Jones (British Antarctic Survey)
Available

  • Richard Essery, Isla Myers-Smith (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Helen Kettle (Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland)
Available

  • Kyle Dexter (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Michael Moller (Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh) and Erin Tripp (University of colorado, USA)
Available

  • Dr Laetitia Pichevin and Dr Raja Ganeshram (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Edward Mitchard and Casey Ryan (School of GeoSciences,University of Edinburgh )
Available

  • Prof Simon Mudd, Prof Hugh Sinclair and Dr Mikael Attal (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Aidan Keane (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Freya St John (School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent) and Dr Sam Staddon (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Dr Andrew Barnes (Scotland Rural College), Marc Metzger, Dr Calum Brown (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Helen McKay (Forest Research)
Available

  • Isla Myers-Smith (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Albert Phillimore (School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh), Andrew Cunliffe (SoG, UoE), Jeff Kerby (Darmouth College, USA), Anne Bjorkman (Aarhus University, D
Available

  • Paul Palmer (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Nathan Mayne (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Exeter) and Ken Rice (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof Andrew Dugmore, Dr Anthony Newton, Dr Caroline Lehmann (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Dr Nick Cutler (University of Cambridge) and Dr Richard Streeter (University of St Andrews)
Available

NERC E3 DTP Competitive Funding

Waves, sediments, and coastal wetlands

  • Prof Simon Mudd (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh) and Prof Andrea D'Alpaos (University of Padova, Italy)
Available

  • Andrew Bell and Eliza Calder (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh)
Available

  • Prof. David Stevenson (School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh), Fiona O'Connor (Met Office, Hadley Centre)
Available