Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds - modelling solid earth response to changes in the cryosphere

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Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds - modelling solid earth response to changes in the cryosphere

Natasha Barlow

Fully funded PhD at the University of Leeds: Warm climate, high seas.  How did sea level change in Europe during the Last Interglacial?


This fully-funded PhD project (with research training support grant) at the University of Leeds forms part of the €2 million European Research Council Starting Grant, “Rates of Interglacial Sea-Level Change and Responses” (RISeR) which aims to advance our understanding of the magnitude, rates and drivers of sea-level change during the Last Interglacial, to inform both global and regional sea-level projections beyond 2100. RISeR is focusing on developing a state-of-the-art Last Interglacial sea level record from northwest Europe.


Relative sea-level changes in northwest Europe are a consequence of change in the volume and distribution of water in the global ocean, but also solid earth processes as a result of regional loading by ice sheets during glacial periods (termed glacial isostatic adjustment, GIA).  This PhD project will develop a regional GIA model to understand the solid earth response in northwest Europe during the Last Interglacial. The student will use a new generation of ice-sheet models within a global GIA model to compare to and interpret the new Last Interglacial relative sea-level reconstructions produced by the wider RISeR project.  This work will provide the first regional Last Interglacial glacial-isostatic adjustment model and a statistical assessment of the likelihood of different melt water sources to the Last Interglacial highstand and their contribution to relative sea-level change in northwest Europe.


The project will be supervised by Dr Natasha Barlow, Dr Lauren Gregoire (Leeds) and Dr Natalya Gomez (McGill, Canada) with the potential for a funded research visit to Canada.  You will be able to access the excellent centralised training provided by the University of Leeds, as well as being part of a large and diverse research team, as well as Leeds Quaternary.  This is a fully-funded project open to UK/EU citizens who have a background in Geosciences, mathematics, physics or a related discipline, with a minimum British BSc 2.1 (or equivalent), or a related Master's degree. Some experience in computer modelling would be a benefit. A keen interest in environmental change is desirable, in particular in climate and sea-level change. A willingness to contribute to the wider research programme and work within a larger team is essential.  


Deadline for applications: 26th April 2019.  Please apply via the University of Leeds website and further details can be found about the PhD project at www.natashabarlow.co.uk  




Dr Natasha Barlow
Associate Professor
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds

Telephone: 0113 343 3761
Room: Priestley Building 10.19
Leader of Leeds Quaternary and PALSEA


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