ACCE DTP PhD opportunities at University of York

Below you will find a list of projects available for study at University of York. Applications should be made via the institution portal, linked in the FindAPhD page. 

The ACCE application system is a little different from other PhD programmes. We strongly recommend that you read the How to Apply and Application Tips webpage to understand what we are looking for at ACCE and how to make your application. 

In brief:

– Contact potential supervisors before submitting an application. 

– You can apply for more than one project 

– You must include your completed ACCE personal statement proforma as an attachment/in the section requesting a cover letter/supporting statement/personal statement (note that what it is called and how it is submitted depends on the institution you are applying to). 

For more details of how to apply for York Projects please visit the University pages.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY PROJECTS

Prof R Gehrels – History and impacts of microplastic pollution in UK salt marshes

Dr Jessica Hendy – Developing rapid and low-cost mass-spectrometry-based identification of biological sex in fossils

Dr Laura Fitton – Functional development within the mammalian masticatory apparatus: an investigation into feeding capabilities within changing diets

Dr Philip Cox – The morphological and functional impacts of natural selection and domestication

Dr R Mills – A changing climate in the oceanic mountains; the role of foodweb ecology in the response of belowground functions

Dr EJH Robinson – Ants as ecosystem engineers: using ants to promote biodiversity

Dr D Ezer – Bet-hedging plants: Resilience of plant populations to fluctuating temperatures under climate change

Dr E Wandrag – Does fire alter plant-mycorrhiza feedbacks in heathlands?

Prof J K Hill – Examining biodiversity benefits of UK treescapes

Dr A Heinemeyer – Going back to a peaty future: exploring past peat loss, present restoration options and future peat gains within the North York Moors National Park

Dr A Hodge – Invisible diversity in a changing world: How do soil microbes affect plant drought tolerance?

Dr S Toet – Mitigating climate change – Nitrous oxide emissions in agriculture

Dr V Friman – Pathogen spillover across ecosystem boundaries: does adaptation to a wild plant host change pathogen infectivity on a crop?

Dr Jon Hill – Quantifying the role of mangrove forests in protecting vulnerable coastlines from extreme events

Prof Mark Hodson – Surviving the flood: how will increased flooding as a result of climate change impact on earthworm abundance and diversity?

Dr B R Lichman – The evolution of chemical defences in plants

Dr T Helgason – Tree species choice in agroforestry systems: do mycorrhizal associations affect soil microbiomes and crop yields?

Dr J Ferrari – Underground communication: What are the effects of plant signalling via mycorrhizal networks on ecological communities?

Dr D Franks – Understanding the Evolutionary Ecology of Wild Animal Rhythms using Machine Learning

Dr C Beale – Woodland-mediated predator impacts on open ground birds

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