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Taking the P in the future: new technologies for phosphorus capture from wastewater

Taking the P in the future: new technologies for phosphorus capture from wastewater

Phosphorus is an element at the heart of globally-significant challenges, in particular the need to identify sustainable approaches that are able to reduce nutrient enrichment within aquatic ecosystems. In this project, you will develop new technologies in order to reduce the financial and environmental costs associated with removing phosphorus from wastewater. Working with a range […]

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Sunny waters: meeting our energy, water and climate mitigation needs with floating solar

Sunny waters - meeting our energy, water and climate mitigation needs with floating solar

By SolarWriter (Own work), cropped [CC BY-SA 3.0] What it’s about? Supplying sufficient energy to meet rising demands whilst transitioning to low carbon sources to avoid dangerous climate change is a global grand challenge. Solar photovoltaics (PV), deployed in various ways, will significantly contribute to future low carbon energy supply. Floating solar, or floatovoltaics, is […]

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Developing environmentally sustainable forestry value chains

Developing environmentally sustainable forestry value chains

Forests play a key role in climate regulation, water purification and biodiversity conservation, whilst providing renewable wood-based resources critical for the circular economy. Forest cover in the UK is one third of the European average, and possible post-Brexit reform of agricultural subsidies could create substantial impetus for forestry expansion. There remains an incomplete evidence base […]

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Exploring the ecology of airborne pollen biodiversity using environmental DNA analysis and identifying links to hay fever

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In addition to providing benefits to society, biodiversity also brings costs. The aerial biosphere includes ecologically complex mixtures of pollens that negatively affect human health. Almost a quarter of people display allergic reactions to tree and grass pollen, causing symptoms ranging from hay fever to asthma, with associated socio-economic costs. Identifying tree pollens can be […]

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Measuring and modelling the dermal bioavailability of organic soil contaminants for human health risk assessment of contaminated land

Measuring and modelling the dermal bioavailability of organic soil contaminants for human health risk assessment of contaminated land

This industrial CASE studentship is a unique opportunity to develop innovative science in the field of organic geochemistry and risk-based land management of post-industrial brownfield sites affected by contamination. The CASE studentship attracts an increased stipend and expenses for laboratory equipment, consumables, travel and conference attendance. You will be working with a supervisory team of […]

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Understanding the links between soils, plants and pollination

Understanding the links between soils, plants and pollination 400 x 400 px

The effects of soil nutrition on plant growth and yield are well known and plant resource and life-history theories can predict patterns of plant community assembly in terms of functional traits expressed along a fertility gradient. However, these theories do not explicitly account for trade-offs in resource partitioning within a species when grown under contrasting […]

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Tracking trends in upper-ocean mixing around Antarctica

Tracking trends in upper-ocean mixing around Antarctica 400 x 400 px

In the last decade, polar regions have seen rapid climate change. From the sea ice loss and impact on polar bears in the Arctic to rising Antarctic sea level and temperatures and the calving of continent-sized chunks of Antarctic ice sheets. The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctic is a major source of heat for the region […]

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The role of the cryosphere in determining the fate of persistent chemicals in the marine system of the Arctic

The role of the cryosphere in determining the fate of persistent chemicals in the marine system of the Arctic 400 x 400 px

Currently there is an array of persistent organic pollutants that undergo long-range transport in air and seawater and are present in the Earth’s Polar Regions. These chemicals, arising from industrial, agricultural and domestic sources are present in surface media (seawater, snow) often at trace level, but are undergoing bioaccumulation/biomagnification in the Arctic marine foodweb. The […]

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Strategies for reducing ozone and drought impacts on wheat yield

Strategies for reducing ozone and drought impacts on wheat yield 400 x 400 px

At the global scale, ozone pollution, formed from complex photochemical reactions involving pollutants formed from vehicle and industrial emissions has been predicted to pose as big a threat to food security as climate change by 2030. Many of the world’s most important crops such as wheat respond to ozone pollution by decreasing vegetative growth, seed […]

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