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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Queen Mary Principal's PhD Studentships: Environment, Biodiversity and Genomics

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is funding nine PhD studentships, under the theme of Environment, Biodiversity and Genomics. The cohort will also include up to 21 further studentships under the Chinese Scholarship Council and CONACyT scholarship scheme. This student cohort will train together, following an exciting programme designed to inspire the next generation of environmental experts, managers and leaders. They will be equipped to address some of the toughest challenges of our time.  

Projects for a September 2022 start are listed below. They apply the latest advances in mathematical modelling and computational science to studies of the environment, biodiversity and genomics. 

These studentships are funded by Queen Mary University of London Principal's awards. They will cover tuition fees, and provide an annual tax-free maintenance allowance for 3 years at the Research Council rate (£17,609 in 2021/22).

Projects are open to UK and international students. The higher fees for international students (including EU) may be covered for up to 2 candidates.

For further details on the projects, eligibility and instructions on how to apply, visit the relevant project page in the list below.

For project-related queries, contact individual supervisors. For general enquiries about these studentships, contact 

Closing date for applications: 21st February 2022. 

Project titleSupervisorSchool
Computational analysis of chick vocalizations: from categorisation to live feedback Dr Emmanouil Benetos Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Molecular adaptations underlying sugar metabolism in nectar-feeding vertebrates Prof Stephen Rossiter Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Applying ecological network theory on microbial big-data to improve wastewater treatment efficiency Dr Ozge Eyice Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Bayesian inference and AI approaches to infer patterns of disease spread from the genomes of the malarial parasite Prof Richard Nichols Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Effects of ocean dynamics on marine biodiversity distributions and movements in the face of climate change Prof Christophe Eizaguirre Biological & Behavioural Sciences
Efficient spatio-temporal modelling and interpolation of Global Sea Surface Height Dr Arthur Guillaumin Mathematical Sciences
Higher-dimensional structure in weather data Dr Nina Otter Mathematical Sciences
Bayesian spatial modelling for biodiversity Dr Silvia Liverani Mathematical Sciences
New understanding of the supercritical state of matter: from fundamental theory to environmental applications Dr Kostya Trachenko Physical & Chemical Sciences


The cohort will include up to 21 additional students, funded by China Scholarship Council and CONACyT (Mexico) scholarship funding. See the following webpages for details on these opportunities:



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