ACCE

A Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Natural Environment Research Council


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About Us

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment

ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York, and the NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) providing doctoral training in the biological components of the natural environment and related disciplines. Our vision is to develop motivated, confident and multi-skilled PhD students, undertaking cutting edge research and tackling environmental science questions of global significance.

Among the Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the NERC, ACCE is the only DTP with a clear emphasis on the biological component of environmental research. This biological core, combined with the international standing of the partners in the biological and related fields, makes ACCE a natural choice if you wish to undertake a PhD in biological research and related disciplines.

By including related disciplines beyond the biological sciences, ACCE is also able to provide a multidisciplinary environment to the benefit of our students, bringing together biologists, mathematicians, engineers, geoscientists, analytical chemists, archaeologists and policy experts. Our PhD students will not only graduate as excellent scientists, but also graduate with skills much sought after in today’s job market.

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Research Foci

Our collective research strengths

Securing ecosystem services and environmental resources

Securing ecosystem services and environmental resources

An area of strength across all ACCE institutions is research into the fundamental understanding of ecosystem services and resources and how their long-term future may...

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Predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change

Predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change

Our scientists study the impact of climate change on individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems, with approaches ranging from physiological processes within...

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Understanding the dynamics of biodiversity

Understanding the dynamics of biodiversity

Global biodiversity underpins ecosystem functioning, but is in serious decline in response to the major drivers of invasive species, climate change and habitat...

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Investigating mechanisms of evolutionary change: genes to communities

Investigating mechanisms of evolutionary change: genes to communities

All biological processes need to be understood in the context of evolution. ACCE researchers are international leaders in the field of evolutionary biology,...

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