Our projects


We are recruiting a further two fully funded doctoral studentships to join our existing cohort of 11,  for an October 2019 start.

A studentship with us comprises a full UKRI stipend (currently £15,009 for the year 2019/20, but this rises annually), tuition fees and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £11,000 (although a portion of this is retained to fund centrally organised training in your first six months).

There are 10 projects listed below from which to choose. You may select a first choice and a reserve choice project. The closing date for applications is 15th April at 9.00am. The application form is now open.

We will advertise new projects for an October 2020 start in the autumn.


You can download full details about each October 2019 project and contact details of the supervisory team by clicking the project title.

Talking algae: an early warning system for water quality threats 

Lead supervisor: Dr Paulo Rocha Institution: University of Bath

Diversity and speciation of aquatic macroinvertebrates of Malawi 

Lead supervisor: Professor Martin Genner Institution: University of Bristol

The electric ecology of fresh water habitats

Lead supervisor: Professor Daniel Robert Institution: University of Bristol

aqAMR: AMR at the interface of the agricultural and aquatic environments

Lead supervisor: Dr Thomas Connor Institution: Cardiff University

eDNA: A 21st Century tool to link people and ecosystem health in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Lead supervisor: Professor Peter Kille Institution: Cardiff University

Intervention management options for algal blooms: working with the Canal and River Trust

Lead supervisor: Dr Rupert Perkins Institution: Cardiff University

Cryptosporidium Movement in Water: Impact of Eutrophication and Climate Change on the Zoonotic Disease Agent  

Lead supervisor: Professor Jo Cable Institution: Cardiff University

Quantifying the effects of bacteria-phage interactions on daily micronutrient cycling in freshwater ecosystems

Lead supervisor: Professor Ivana Gudelj Institution: University of Exeter

Development of a next-generation biosensor system for detecting concentrations and tissue distribution of heavy metals in living aquatic animals

Lead supervisor: Professor Steffen Scholpp Institution: University of Exeter

Variability of CO2 and its impact on biota in natural and anthropogenically impacted freshwater environments

Lead supervisor: Professor Rod Wilson Institution: University of Exeter

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