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Cambridge Earth System Science NERC DTP

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About ESS

About ESS

The Cambridge NERC Earth System Science DTP

The University of Cambridge will offer more than 15 3.5 year NERC-funded PhD studentships to start each October. A wide range of projects is available within seven world-class departments and BAS (the British Antarctic Survey) under the broad themes of:

A searchable list of project descriptions can be found here. Our staff are also happy to devise a project with you if you have research interests that we share.

Hosting partners in Cambridge are:

The DTP Administrator is located at the Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, and can be reached via email at or by phone at 01223 768338.

Biology Theme: Past Projects for information

... provides exceptional training opportunities by embedding students in a wide range of strong, interdisciplinary research programmes. Training is structured around five core topics: ecosystem dynamics, conservation science, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, palaeontology, phylogeny and diversity, and epidemiology.

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Climate Theme: Past Projects for information

... builds on long standing research programmes in modelling and observing the atmosphere and oceans, the cryosphere and paleoclimate. The theme offers PhD training across the whole range of research into climate, past, present and future.

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Solid Earth Theme: Past Projects for information

... stems from our outstanding research into solid-Earth processes. PhD training is available in areas of current research specialties including whole-Earth geophysics and geodynamics, mineralogy, petrology and volcanology, evolution of the oceanic and continental crust, and geochemical interactions between the solid Earth, atmosphere and oceans.

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DTP Handbook

This handbook aims to provide some basic information about the aims and scope of the DTP, and about how it operates. It will also direct you to other resources that give you more information about how NERC and the host institutes operate, and about training possibilities. If neither the handbook nor the DTP website gives you the information you need, don’t hesitate to contact Angela Elliott, DTP Administrator, dtp‐

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DTP Partners

A list of all DTP partners is below; for instructions on how to apply click on 'read more'.

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DTP Management

DTP Management

The CambridgeESS DTP is managed centrally to coordinate selection of the best students, the maintenance of high standards and reporting, and ensure that DTP members benefit from a vibrant and active research community with multidisciplinary training opportunities.

Prof Eric Wolff, DTP Chair, Department of Earth Sciences

Prof Lloyd Peck, DTP Deputy Chair, British Antarctic Survey

Biology Theme Panel:

Prof Howard Griffiths (Chair), Department of Plant Sciences

Dr Chris Jiggins, Department of Zoology

Dr Jen Jackson, British Antartic Survey

Climate Theme Panel:

Dr Alexandra (Sasha) Turchyn (Chair), Department of Earth Sciences

Prof Ian Willis, Department of Geography

Dr Markus Kalberer, Department of Chemistry

Solid Earth Theme Panel:

Dr Nathalie Vriend (Chair), Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)

Dr Sally Gibson, Department of Erath Sciences

Dr John Rudge, Department of Earth Sciences

CambridgeESS Administration:

Angela Elliott, DTP Administrator

Dr Laura Bonesi, DTP Training Facilitator