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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

We welcome the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership students to our School

This week we are hosting students from the London Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership to offer our expertise and training for their PhD projects.


Queen Mary is one of the institutions that make up the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. The aim of this consortium is to attain new standards of excellence in environmental science research training.

Academics from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) will be delivering training on “Environmental issues in freshwater science”, reflecting the research strength of the Aquatic Ecology group.

Dr Jonathan Grey, Director of Graduate Studies for SBCS, explains:

We are excited to welcome the London NERC DTP students to our School and to be delivering hands on training in, for example, assessing greenhouse gas dynamics and ecosystem production and respiration.

To do this we are using a suite of experimental ponds that are subject to an environmental perturbation, the introduction of an invasive crayfish. Coincidentally, this is the basis of ongoing NERC-funded PhD research with CASE partners, the Environment Agency. Our research into freshwater science and aquatic ecology will inform all of our teaching this week and we hope to equip students with skills they can take with them into any laboratory or research career.

Tweets from students and staff who took part in the 2014 training activities at SBCS:


Applications are now open for the 2015 London NERC DTP. To find out more visit our postgraduate research page.



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