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PhD Studentship at Nottingham Trent University (UK)

Midgley, Nicholas

PhD Studentship at Nottingham Trent University (UK)


Distribution and crypotobiotic potential of nematode worms in glacial environments: evidence from outlet glaciers of Öræfajökull, SE Iceland


Summary of project

Antarctic nematodes have been well characterised in demonstrating cryptobiosis and constitute valuable module organisms to examine the biological and genetic basis of adaptative mechanisms to extreme environmental conditions. This project will undertake identification and distribution analysis of nematodes in situ and examine the potential for bio-prospecting species for continued examination of the genetic basis of cryptobiosis. This work is important because the glacial setting provides an ideal terrestrial analogue for extreme environments.


Director of Studies:     Dr Jacqueline Boyd

NTU co-supervisors:     Dr Nicholas Midgley and Dr Jillian Labadz

Other co-supervisor:    Dr Steve Coulson (UNIS, Svalbard)


Qualifications needed

A minimum 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate biological subject. An MSc or postgraduate research experience would be advantageous.


Details of the institution and application process are available at:


Please note that the closing date for applications is 9am Monday 18 April 2011.


Dr Nicholas Midgley

Geography (Physical) Programme Leader


School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences

Nottingham Trent University

Brackenhurst Campus


NG25 0QF



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Phone:    +44 (0) 1636 817016

Fax:        +44 (0) 1636 817066

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