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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship at Imperial College London with the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires

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Date Mon, 2 Mar 2020 13:08:33 +0000

PhD studentship at Imperial College London with the Leverhulme Centre For Wildfires, Environment and Society.


TITLE:  CO2 impacts on past and future fire regimes and their consequences for biodiversity

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Much of the discussion of the drivers of recent changes in fire regimes has focused on the impact of climate change and anthropogenic activities. However, the direct impacts of changing atmospheric CO2 on plant growth and water-use efficiency could also affect biomass production and hence fuel loads, and therefore influence future fire regimes. The record of changes in fire regimes during intervals of low CO2 in the past provides an opportunity to separate the influence of climate and CO2 on fire regimes, and to test the predictions of fire-enabled dynamic vegetation models about this interplay. This project focuses on the analysis of fire regimes during rapid climate warmings during the last glacial epoch (Dansgaard-Oeschger events) and examines the consequence for biodiversity by comparing these with independent reconstructions of vegetation cover. The findings are applied to assess the likely impact of increasing CO2 for future fire regimes and biodiversity. The project involves analysis of existing palaeoenvironmental databases and fire modelling. The findings of this PhD will contribute to the advancement of a wider model of human-climate-fire interaction being developed by the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society.


The studentship will be supervised by Prof. Colin Prentice at Imperial College London and co-supervised by Prof. Sandy Harrison at  the University of Reading.  The student will be half funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society and half through the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative and Modelling Skills in Ecology and Evolution (QMEE).


For more information and to apply, please visit


Deadline 31st March 2020.





Dr Adriana Ford

Centre Manager

Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society


Imperial College


Imperial College London, Department of Life Sciences,  South Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ

King’s College London, Bush House, Strand, London WC2B 4GB



Twitter: @centrewildfires



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