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Palaeontology

PGR-RA-118

Expertise of research area
dinosaurs; Earth history; environmental reconstruction; evolution; fossils; palaeo-climate


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Our expertise covers fieldwork, geochemical and palaeontological laboratory work, and computer modelling of palaeoclimate, ice sheets and biogeochemical cycles to understand ancient organisms, climates and environments, and how these relate to the modern-day. Our work extends across the full span of Earth History from the Precambrian to the Quaternary.

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<p>We have the capacity to supervise a wide range of PhD projects involving a range of palaeontological studies and palaeo-environmental reconstruction throughout Earth&rsquo;s history.</p> <p>Candidates will benefit from our excellent facilities, our collegiate and supportive research culture and our wide collaborative network.</p> <p>Areas of particular expertise include:</p> <ul> <li>Evolution of ocean and atmosphere chemistry</li> <li>Carbonate based element and stable isotope environmental proxies&nbsp;</li> <li>Metal and radionuclide mobility and bioavailability</li> <li>Geochemical box modelling</li> <li>The cycles of phosphorus, iron, sulfur and carbon in modern and ancient environments</li> <li>Sedimentary geochemistry</li> <li>Mineral interfaces and interfacial processes&nbsp;</li> <li>Mass extinctions</li> <li>Proxies for ocean oxygenation</li> <li>Chemosynthetic communities</li> <li>Organic geochemistry</li> </ul> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-degrees">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/earth-surface-science-institute">Earth Surface Science Institute</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/earth-surface-science-institute/doc/palaeoleeds">Palaeo@Leeds</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-innovation">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130558/leeds_doctoral_college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/staff/1380/dr-crispin-little">Dr Cris Little</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk">env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>


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