Durham is part of the NERC funded IAPETUS2 partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Below are the IAPETUS2 PhDs offered by staff in Durham, which may obtain IAPETUS2 funding. For the full list of IAPETUS2 projects, please visit the IAPETUS2 website.
Applicants should contact the project supervisors in the first instance, or Kathy Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for 2020 applications is now closed. The 2020 Department of Geography IAPETUS2 projects are listed below.
- Pushing Back the Frontiers of Luminescence Dating (IAP2-19-020)
- Using Metal Stable Isotopes (V and Re) to Investigate Chemical Weathering of Anthropogenic Deposits (IAP2-19-027)
- Novel Isotope Systems to Track CO2 Release During Rock Weathering (IAP2-19-028)
- The Impact of Earthquake-Driven Sediment Supply on Mountain River Dynamics (IAP2-19-032)
- Environments of Early Agriculture: Where and When did Cultivation Take Place in Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey? (IAP2-19-039)
- How Does Landscape Evolution Impact Ice-Sheet Dynamics? (IAP2-19-040)
- Carbon Transfers by Large Rivers of South East Asia: CO2 Source or Sink? (IAP2-19-041)
- Determining the Topographic Signature of Debris Flows (IAP2-19-045)
- The Topographic and Structural Evolution of Antarctica (IAP2-19-046)
- Neodymium Stable Isotopes in Rivers and the Oceans (IAP2-19-051)
- The Age of the Mackenzie River’s Breath: CO2 Release From a Major Arctic River (IAP2-19-053)
- Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions in Northeast Greenland: The Role of Ocean Warming on Ice Stream Stability (IAP2-19-061)
- Monitoring UK National Freshwater With Deep Learning (IAP2-19-073)
- Tracking Past Sea-Level and Environmental Changes via Novel Isotope Geochemistry (IAP2-19-082)
- A New Reconstruction of Laurentide Ice Sheet Dynamics Based on Glacial Geomorphology and Chronological Data (IAP2-19-092)
- Unravelling the History of Ice-Sheet Change and Glacio-Isostatic Uplift of Sub-Antarctic South Georgia (IAP2-19-093)
- Oceans, Ice-Sheets and Tectonics: Investigating Climate Evolution in the Gulf of Alaska (IAP2-19-105)
- Rivers on Ice: Do Supraglacial Streams Evolve Like Bedrock Rivers? (IAP2-19-106)
- Salt-Marsh Based Records of Common Era Relative Sea-Level Changes from the Mediterranean (IAP2-19-111)
- Sensitivity of East Antarctic Outlet Glaciers to Future Climate Change (IAP2-19-116)
- Assessing the Impact of Restoration on Surface and Sub-Surface Changes in Peatland Hydrology and Vegetation Dynamics: Implications for Upland Carbon Storage (IAP2-19-120)
- Sea Ice Evolution and Ecosystem Responses Recorded by Antarctic Seabirds (IAP2-19-122)
- Indian-Atlantic Ocean Connections Through the Pliocene and Pleistocene (IAP2-19-123)
- Understanding the Role of the Tropical Indian Ocean on Regional and Global Climate Over the Last 2000 Years (IAP2-19-130)
- Ocean-Land Response to Freshwater Forcing in the North Atlantic: Using the 8.2kyr Event to Understand Future Climate Change (IAP2-19-131)
- Lindisfarne Landscapes: Geoarchaeological Approaches to Human-Environment Relations (IAP2-19-141)
In addition to the NERC funded projects, below is a list of other potential PhD and / or Masters by Research projects within the area of Physical Geography. These are examples to give an idea of possible projects and the range of physical geography research interests and themes covered by the department. Other projects that are related to the research areas within Physical Geography (or interdisciplinary links with Human Geography or other cognate disciplines) are also welcome. Potential applicants should contact the relevant member of staff to discuss project ideas from the links below or alternatively, that are not on this list.
To apply for any of these projects please visit the How to Apply page for further information.
Potential topics are grouped into the three research themes:
- Maximising Information Gain from Catchment Monitoring and Modelling: An Integrated, Iterative Solution
- Quaternary Fluvial Archives: The Study of Fluvial Sedimentary Records, Including Fossil Contents, in Britain and Elsewhere
- Processes and Forms of Rock Erosion in Bedrock Rivers and Rock Coasts
- Flume Modelling of Channelised Debris Flows (MSc or PhD)
- Rapid Assessment of Water Quality Pressures on Water Bodies Using New Tools and Techniques
- Improving the Representation of Vegetation in Hydraulic Models
- Balancing the Natural Environment and Sustainable Energy Production: The Case of Micro-Hydro Power Generation (MSc or PhD)
- Representing connection in hydrological landscapes (PhD)
- Modelling long-term nitrate pollution
- Deep Learning and Computer Vision Techniques for Automated Microscopy in the Processing of Microfossils within Geoscience
- Evidence for Acceleration in Global Sea Level (2 PhD topics)
- Holocene Sea-Ice Variability and Ocean Circulation from the West Greenland Margin (MSc or PhD)
- Ice, Oceans and Climate Interactions through the Quaternary (MSc or PhD)
- Mid-Late Holocene Sea-Level Changes in New Caledonia
- Remote Sensing of Recent Glacier Change
- The Cold Climate Landform Legacy of North Dartmoor
- New Methods to Reconstruct Holocene Temperature Variations Close to the Ice Sheet Margin in Southwest Greenland
- Use of Avian Stomach Oil Deposits (‘Mumiyo’) for Reconstructing Antarctic Ice Sheet History, Palaeoceanography and Seabird Palaeodiet (Masters or PhD)
For more information and questions on research topics please consult the research topic pages (above) or contact a potential supervisor within your research area of interest or the Physical Geography Postgraduate Admissions tutor (email@example.com).