Nikki Flook

Modelling extreme sea states in a changing climate


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship within the NERC-ENVISION Doctoral Training Partnership, co-funded by JBA Trust, with a project entitled: “Modelling extreme sea states in a changing climate”. Coastal systems are extremely important for the natural environment worldwide. Waves are among the most important physical drivers for their evolution. Climate change involves transformation in […]

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Reclaiming the night sky for moths: what drives the flight-to-light response and how can this be mitigated?

Dumpy moth

Over the last 50 years, 33% moth species have declined in total abundance in Britain. This tragic loss of biodiversity is poorly understood, but artificial light at night (ALAN) has been shown to be a strong driver of change that disrupts moth reproduction, larval development, and pupal diapause. The successful student will conduct behavioural experiments […]

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Redrawing the lines of battle in coral reef fish communities

Coral reef

Coexistence of competing species in ecological communities is made possible by co-evolved “rules of engagement”. During competition, these rules enable contest resolution through avoidance or signals, without the need to escalate to direct attacks, which prevents unnecessary energy loss for both individuals. However, rapid environmental change can disrupt established competitor hierarchies as the effect of […]

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Restoring degraded Kenyan grassland soils

Kenyan grassland soils

Soils underpin food production in Africa, and they are under extreme pressure and while there has been considerable research into the management of African soils for crop production, far less research has been conducted into grasslands and their management, yet they are vital for food security and animal nutrition. This project is focused on understanding […]

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Understanding nitrogen delivery from glaciers to the Arctic Ocean: Do freshwater buffers help or hinder?

Arctic Ocean

Temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at more than double the global average over the last decades and glacial environments are at the forefront of climate change. Increasing temperatures impact freshwater runoff, as well as the transport of essential nutrients such as nitrogen from Arctic ice caps to the ocean. Rapidly changing nutrient dynamics, […]

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Investigating the role of organic nutrient resources in controlling biodiversity and production in freshwater ecosystems

Freshwater ecosystem

The project: Freshwater ecosystems are among the most threatened ecosystems globally, with nutrient enrichment perhaps the most significant stressor. However, the importance of the wide range of organic nutrient compounds found in freshwater ecosystems (e.g. proteins, nucleic or amino acids, phospholipids, etc) remains highly uncertain. Research to address this uncertainty is critical, because the concentration […]

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Delivering Ecoacoustic Net Gain in the UK

Delivering Ecoacoustic Net Gain in the UK

Ecoacoustics is the use of sound to understand more about the nature of ecosystems and how they function. The scientific field and practical applications are rapidly developing as new hardware and analytical techniques, in particular AI methods, make the methodologies more accessible and the results more actionable. Many animals produce sounds which can be used […]

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Measuring the impact of rewilding on pollinator biodiversity: what can machine learning tell us?


Rewilding is an approach to conservation which seeks to regenerate degraded ecosystems in a self-sustaining way, with relatively little ongoing management. Rewilding projects are proliferating in the UK, especially following the high-profile success of the Knepp Wildland project in West Sussex, and are potentially transformative in attempts to protect and enhance biodiversity nationally. There is […]

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