PhD studentship, vegetation response to fire - Reading, UK

A fully funded PhD studentship, titled "Understanding vegetation response to fire during glacial and interglacial states" is available at the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading, UK.


The goal of this project is to explore how fire has changed during past climate states, how this has impacted vegetation, and how these changes may have affected the carbon cycle using sedimentary charcoal records of past fire regime, advanced statistical analysis, and fire modelling tools.

The project will draw on an existing global compilation of sedimentary charcoal records (Global Charcoal Database) to analyse the controls on fire in warm, interglacial and cold glacial climates over the past 130,000 years.

Model simulations using a fire-enabled vegetation model will be used to explore the potential causes of these changes and their implications for fire emissions and carbon-cycle feedbacks.

Applications and further information

Apply by 1 March 2019. All details:

Further information

Informal questions can be sent to Sandy Harrison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.