I am delighted to offer a NERC-funded PhD project in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh for admission in 2020. This project will be supervised by me and co-supervised by Cambridge’s Dr Alex Liu. Follow this link to find out more about the project.
Application deadline: 9th January 2020
Summary: The fossil record suggests that macroscopic organisms did not become diverse or widespread on Earth until ~570 Ma with the arrival of the impressive, diverse “Ediacaran biota”, which almost certainly included multicellular animals. Soft-bodied benthic Ediacaran macro-organisms are found as exceptionally well preserved fossils at several localities around the world, commonly associated with fossilized microbial mats that carpeted the seafloor and may have mediated fossilization. This project aims to combine taphonomic experiments with the study of fossil specimens (in collections) to advance debates surrounding the role of microbial activity and early diagenetic cementation in the preservation of Ediacaran macro-organisms and microbial mats, with implications for the affinities of these organisms, their tissue composition, mode of life, and their distribution across space and time.
To be eligible for a fully funded studentship, you must be a UK or EU citizen or a non-EU citizen with permanent settled status in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (this applies to all citizen categories).
EU citizens who will not have lived in the UK for the immediate 3 years preceding the start of the studentship but who will have been ordinarily living in an EU/EAA country for at least the past 3 years, would normally be eligible for a Fees Only Award. Fees Only Awards only cover fees and research costs. They do not include stipend. Therefore, funding to cover living costs for at least 3 years will need to be sought from another source.