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PhD position available: Climate and plastic refugia for ocean species (Cornwall, UK)

There is an interesting PhD position available in Penryn, Cornwall, UK:

Location: Penryn Campus, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall.

This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP). The GW4+ DTP consists of the Great Western Four alliance of the University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter plus five Research Organisation partners: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The partnership aims to provide a broad training in earth and environmental sciences, designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental science. For further details about the programme please see

Project Aims and Methods:

The candidate will have the opportunity to build on the supervisory team’s expertise and extensive professional networks to deliver a leading research project with high impact potential, aiming to address four research questions:

1) Where are low plastic and climate resilient areas of the future ocean that may effectively support the 30 x 30 target of the United Nations Convention on Biological Biodiversity (expand MPAs to 30% of the ocean by 2030)?

2) Where are the opportunities to implement climate-smart and low plastic MPAs across the UK nations, supporting the UK’s commitment to the 30 x 30 target, given the distribution of other maritime sectors?

3) Focusing on a series of charismatic species of conservation concern e.g. whales, turtles and sharks, what is the efficacy of this framework?

4) What recommendations can be made for global policy development to support the implementation of climate-smart and low plastic MPA and OECM networks around the world?

DEADLINE for applications: Friday 10 January 2022

To see the entire job description, click here.

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