PhD Studentships

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) works with a number of University partners to train tomorrow’s leaders in Environmental Science. These collaborations, known as Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of multidisciplinary environments, helping to enrich the student experience.

Each DTP will create a strong and active community of students that are able - and encouraged - to integrate, work, and learn together. Students will receive in-depth, advanced research training, as well as training in the professional and transferable skills essential in today's economy.

PML is a multidisciplinary, internationally renowned, strategic marine research centre. We have a number of prestigious and exciting opportunities for outstanding students wishing to conduct PhD projects in our five areas of research excellence: Earth observation and remote sensing; biogeochemical cycling; biodiversity and molecular science; marine ecosystem modelling; and socioeconomics of ecosystem goods and services.

These PhD opportunities are developed with partners from 3 DTPs. Further details on each partnership can be found here:

  • ARIES (formerly EnvEast) (with the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Plymouth and Royal Holloway University of London)
  • NERC GW4+ (with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff)
  • SWBio (with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research)
 

For information on the specific projects PML scientists are supervising please see the information below.
Please note that the application process and deadlines differ between DTPs.

To hear more about the PhD research projects available at PML, meet with supervisors & current students, and  join a virtual tour of the facilities, you can register for our Virtual PhD Open Day on the 17th November.


See what some of our past PhD students, now both Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows, did during their time at PML: 

The PhD projects hosted at PML are as follows:

ARIES Partnership: PML led

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title (*co-funded by PML)

Dr Matthew Cole

Prof Penelope Lindeque (PML)
Dr Trevor Tolhurst (UEA, ENV)
Anastasia Miliou (CASE)

Developing nature-based solutions to microplastic pollution

Dr Andrew Rees

Prof Jan Keiser (UEA)
Dr Vasillis Kitidis (PML)
Garry Armstrong (CASE)

*Greenhouse Gases in River Catchments to Coastal Seas

Prof Nicola Beaumont

Dr Trevor Tolhurst (UEA)
Dr James Clark (PML)
Josie Russell (CEFAS)
Dr Martin Lilley (DEFRA)

Innovation and evaluation of interventions to reduce marine plastic pollution

Dr Ruth Airs

Prof Mark Fitzsimons (UoP)
Dr Rachael Beale (PML)

The biogeochemistry of N-osmolytes: From the tropics to the poles


For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is 12th January 2021.


The following tables hold information in which PML will be co-supervising PhD projects within doctoral training partnerships but not directly leading these projects. For information relating to these projects please contact the lead supervisor at the relevant DTP. 
 

ARIES Partnership: PML co-supervised

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (UoP)

Dr Angus Atkinson (PML)
David Johns (MBA)
Prof Martin Attrill (UoP)

Developing meaningful marine biodiversity indicators to support conservation (CASE)

Dr Anna Jones (BAS)

Dr James France (RHUL)
Dr Mingxi Yang (PML)
Dr Katrin Linse (BAS)
Dr Tom Bell (PML)
Dr Rebecca Fisher (RHUL)

Methane in and above the polar oceans - what controls it and how is it changing?


For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is 12th January 2021.

 

NERC GW4+ Partnership: PML co-supervised

 

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Matthew Witt (UoE)

Dr Lucy Hawkes (UoE)
Dr Michael Bedington (PML)
Dr David Righton (CEFAS)

Pelagic fish and shark survivability in recreational fisheries

Dr Kristian Metcalfe (UoE)

Prof Annette Broderick (UoE)
Dr Paul Somerfield (PML)
Tom Hooper (Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority)
Trudy Russell (Natural England)

Assessing the ecological value of, and threats to marine protected areas in the Isles of Scilly

Dr Aimee Murphy (UoE)

Prof Penelope Lindeque (PML)
Dr Matthew Cole (PML)
Prof Angus Buckling (UoE)

Are microplastics important vectors for dissemination and evolution of antimicrobial resistance in aquatic systems?

Dr Fanny Monteiro (UoB)

Dr Oliver Andrews (UoB)
Dr Andy Rees (PML)

Exploring the future of the marine N2O cycle

 

For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. The application deadline for these studentships is 8th January 2021.

 

SWBio Partnership: PML led

 

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Dr Karen Tait (PML)
Dr Laura Cardenas (Rothamsted Research)

Prof Adrian Collins (RR)
Dr Andy Rees (PML)
Dr Fanny Monteiro (UoB)
Dr Oliver Andrews (UoB)

Factors controlling microbial nitrogen cycling and nitrogen pollution from farm to coast

Dr Michiel Vos (UoE)
Dr Ruth Airs (PML)

Dr Chris Lowe (UoE)
Dr Mahasweta Saha (PML)

Seaweed diseases: understanding seaweed host-pathogen interactions to improve commercial seaweed production

Prof Mike Allen (PML/UoE)
Dr Michael Cunliffe (MBA)
Prof Sam Stevens (UoE)
Dr Glen Wheeler (MBA)
Prof Chris Chuck (U of Bath)
Nathan Chrismas (MBA)
Dr Kimberley Bird (MBA) 

 

The biology and biotechnological potential of marine fungi bioprocessing

 

SWBio Partnership: PML co-supervised

 

Lead Supervisor

Co-Supervisor/s

Project Title

Prof David Stephens (UoB)

Prof Mike Allen (PML/UoE)
Dr Chrissy Hammond (UoB)
Collaborator: Dr Oliver Payton (UoB)

High resolution imaging of extracellular matrix formation​

 

Dr Fabrice Gielen (UoE)

Dr Stineke van Houte (UoE)
Prof Mike Allen (PML/UoE)
Collaborator: Prof Yves Briers (U of Ghent)

Ultra-High-Throughput Directed Evolution of Antimicrobials using Droplet
Microfluidics


For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly. Apply for SWBio Partnership PhDs studentships here. The application deadline for these studentships is 7th December 2020.