Wild carbon

Spatial and temporal evaluation of soil carbon dynamics in rewilding projects: implications for carbon sequestration.

Introduction

An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, UWE Bristol.  The studentship will be funded by the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences in collaboration with/part-funded by industrial partner WildCarbon: Ref 2022-APR-HAS02.

The expected start date of this studentship is Friday 1 April 2022.

Studentship details

‘Rewilding’ is being deployed to enhance biodiversity and contribute to climate change mitigation by increasing carbon storage and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Soils play a key role in long-term global carbon storage. Current valuation and validation standards for rewilding and/or carbon offsetting projects are dependent on default values for carbon accumulation that may or may not be validated for specific ecosystems and so there is a requirement for empirical evaluation of the spatial and temporal variation of soil carbon and GHG flux within rewilded ecosystems for future method developments. 

Wild Carbon are offering British companies the chance to offset their carbon footprint and restore UK biodiversity at the same time. UWE Bristol are partnering with Wild Carbon to provide baseline monitoring of GHG flux (carbon dioxide and methane) and soil microbial ecology at a range of rewilded farmland sites in the UK. This research is aimed at developing and evaluating a monitoring approach to account for and validate the spatial and temporal variation in GHG flux that occurs due to site-specific abiotic and biotic factors. This research will involve field work, greenhouse experiments and modelling approaches. Find out more details and information.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr Sam Bonnett at sam.bonnett@uwe.ac.uk.

 

Funding

The studentship is available from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £15,609 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only). Overseas applicants will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must have minimum of 2:1 in relevant subject (e.g. Environmental or Life Science) and ideally will have a Masters. The studentship is available both for UK and overseas applicants.
Applicants will ideally have

  • Data analysis skills (eg SPSS, Minitab, R)
  • Experience of soil and biogeochemical laboratory techniques is desirable
  • Experience of working in the field under variable weather conditions

Applicants with questions about their eligibility are welcome to contact the supervisory team.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted, use the reference number 2022-APR-HAS02.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application so please have these available when you complete the application form.

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 December 2021. 

Further information

The expected start date of this studentship is Friday 1 April 2022.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 2nd February 2022. If you have not heard from us by that date, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful