Do microplastics pose a threat to the terrestrial biosphere?
As part of this PhD the applicant will:
- Conduct fieldwork in Western Australia to collect material for use in experiments.
- Use stable and radio-isotopes to monitor plastic degradation in soil.
- Learn the latest imaging technologies to visualise plastic behaviour in soil.
- Gain experience in molecular biology to understand how microplastics affect soil and plant health.
- Undertake some experiments in the UK (and potentially China) at established microplastic field trial sites.
- The applicant will be expected to write a minimum of three peer-reviewed publications.
Research team leaders:
Professors Davey Jones, Daniel Murphy and Andy Whiteley
Professors Davey Jones and Daniel Murphy specialise in understanding below-ground processes with specific focus on nutrient and carbon cycling in soil-plant-microbial systems and understanding how anthropogenic perturbation (e.g. climate change, pollution, extreme events) affect functioning of the terrestrial biosphere. Prof. Jones leads a radio-isotope tracer laboratory and Prof. Murphy leads a stable isotope tracer laboratory. Prof. Andy Whiteley is a molecular ecologist who investigates soil function and diversity in soil and water. This PhD studentship is based with these staff in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment.
Step 2 - Submit enquiry to research team leader
Step 3 - Lodge application
After you have discussed your project with the research team leader, you should be in a position to proceed to the next step of the UWA application process: Lodge an application. Different application procedures apply to domestic and international students.
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