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 2018-19 - deadline Sunday 7th January 2018

Project titleSupervisor(s)

Ice algae and darkening feedbacks on the Greenland Ice Sheet (DTP Research Theme: Living World)

Professor Alex Anesio

Project description and more info (PDF, 528kB)

Re-evaluating 20th Century sea level rise and the tide gauge record (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet: )

Professor Jonathan Bamber

Project description and more info (PDF, 533kB)

The impact of ocean dynamics on UK coastal sea level (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Rory Bingham

Project description and more info (PDF, 589kB)

Tropical methane hotspots (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Anita Ganesan

Project description and more info (PDF, 586kB)

Land-based climate mitigation, combining multi-data sources to assess potential contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Jo House

Project description and more info (PDF, 494kB)

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

Dr Jack Landy

Project description and more info (PDF, 523kB)

Climate change during the mass extinction 250 million years ago (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 441kB)

Run-off responses to a changing climate in a dryland basin (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Katerina Michaelides

Project description and more info (PDF, 507kB)

Dangerous European storms at different levels of global warming (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Dr Dann Mitchell

Project description and more info (PDF, 345kB)

Climatic impacts of biodiversity in marine calcifying phytoplankton (DTP Research Theme: Living World, Changing Planet)

Dr Fanny Monteiro

Project description and more info (PDF, 473kB)

Microbial life and climate change in drylands (DTP Research Theme: Solid Earth, Living World, Changing Planet)

Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo

Project description and more info (PDF, 658kB)

The enigma of the Western Interior Seaway (DTP Research Theme: Changing Planet)

Professor Paul Valdes

Project description and more info (PDF, 557kB)


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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