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All our post-graduate vacancies are offered in partnership with academic host institutions.  Our involvement varies according to each studentship.  Please look at each vacancy advert and links for details. 

Below we list current post-graduate vacancies supported by us. 

PhD studentship

Modelling plant-host interactions and spread for resilient biosecurity and planting policy.

With UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford, UK.

Supervisors: Dr B Purse (CEH), Dr Daniel Chapman (University of Stirling), Dr Louise Barwell (CEH)

Case partners: Dr D Cooke (James Hutton Institute), Dr Sarah Green (Forest Research).

Closing date for applications: Friday 7th January 2022.

This project aligns with the UKCEH-led NERC Treescapes project, newLEAF – “Learning to adapt to an uncertain future: linking genes, trees, people and processes for more resilient treescapes”.

The student will be based at the UKCEH in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The degree will be awarded by the University of Stirling. To enquire informally please contact Dr Beth Purse (, UKCEH) or Dr Daniel Chapman (, University of Stirling). 

The project is part of the IAPETUS DTP

Further details and application instructions

PhD studentship

Quantification and upscaling of greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes from shallow waters, soils and trees in rural south east England.

With Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL) including a 3 month placement at Forest Research.

Supervisors: Dr David Lowry (RHUL), Dr Rebecca Fisher (RHUL), Dr James France (RHUL), Dr Mark Lee (RHUL), Dr Kevin Clemitshaw (RHUL), Dr Sirwan Yamulki (CASE partner: Forest Research)

Funded by the ARIES NERC DTP.

Starting 1st October 2022.

The closing date for applications 12th January 2022.

For further details and to apply visit the ARIES DTP website.


This studentship seeks to (i) quantify CH4 and CO2 fluxes from a range of landscapes and shallow water bodies, (ii) elucidate environmental factors that impact fluxes, (iii) characterise the isotopic composition of CH4 emissions, and (iv), enhance the use of atmospheric measurements to verify UK GHG emissions inventories.  Project outcomes will inform landscape/environmental management decisions that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Field studies will be conducted at RBG Kew’s site at Wakehurst, the Straits Inclosure at Forest Research and at wetland regions across south east England. 

Training will be provided in project planning, field sampling, greenhouse gas and stable isotope analysis, data interpretation, statistical and spatial analysis and modelling. The student will attend project meetings, help formulate research strategies, present / publish their findings, and undertake a 3-month secondment to Forest Research.