PhD studentship, pollen-based reconstructions - Reading, UK

A fully-funded PhD studentship, titled "Pollen-based reconstructions of the vegetation and climate of the circum-Mediterranean region during the Holocene" is available at the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, UK.

Description

This studentship is open to citizens of any country.

A major goal of this project is to reconstruct changes in vegetation patterns across southern Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa through the Holocene using data from existing pollen databases (European Pollen Database, African Pollen Database, EMBSeCBIO database).

Several different vegetation modeling tools, including biomisation, MARCO POLO and the Landscape Reconstruction Algorithm, will be compared in order to determine an appropriate methodology.

Reconstructed vegetation changes will then be used to make quantitative reconstructions of climate variables through time.

The project will address the likely causes of the observed changes, by comparing the vegetation and climate reconstructions with earth-system model simulations.

Applications

Apply by 1 March. All details: http://www.reading.ac.uk/geographyandenvironmentalscience/phd-programmes/ges-phd-opportunities.aspx

Further information

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