PhD Opportunities At York

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Departments of Biology, Environment, Archaeology and Chemistry

ACCE DTP brings together the very best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool, along with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Natural History Museum.

Students will benefit from a PhD training program that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to produce multi-skilled researchers equipped to tackle cutting-edge environmental science of global significance, embedded within a unique, supportive training environment.

At York, the NERC Partnership brings together researchers from the Departments of Biology, Environment, Archaeology, and Chemistry.

All projects are co-supervised, most of them with supervisors in different institutions, to foster innovative science, collegiality, and breadth of experience.

Biology Department via ACCE DTP offers projects across the spectrum of environmental science, focussing on ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity, and evolution.


The application is now OPEN.Deadline for applications is 9 Jan 2019

List of projects offered by each Department at the University of York is below.

Please read the ‘How to apply‘ before submitting your application.


Department of Biology

Identifying the mechanisms linking savannah degradation and bird distribution change

Investigating the genetic basis of reproductive barriers in Heliconius butterflies

The aphid microbiome: ecological and evolutionary dynamics of multispecies interactions

Designing multi-functional landscapes to ensure well-connected ecological networks

Quantifying climate-driven range shifts in tropical species – a global analysis

Declines in insect populations: consequences for parasites

Assessing natural capital in highly variable coastal ecosystems: a novel machine learning – a high-resolution imaging and field sampling approach

Are wood ants ecosystem engineers? Assessing impacts during range expansion

The establishment of novel insect biodiversity in Britain

Impacts of individual-level variation on computational models of evolutionary and epidemiological invasion


Department of Chemistry

Resolving the timescale of south-central African palaeoenvironments and their impact on human behaviour and evolution


Department of Environment and Geography

Environmental Exposure to Polymers and their Transformation Products in a Changing World

How will air pollution and climate change combine to affect future food supply?

Predicting the future of coral reefs: inverse modelling of the past to predict the future

Do cryptic species matter? Investigating the ecological differences between earthworm cryptic species

Links between the marine cycles of nitrogen and iodine

Understanding the multiple roles of culture in valuing ecosystems and their services

Managing peatland natural capital in the Falkland Islands

Antibiotics in agriculture – Assessing the impacts of wastewater irrigation on soil health, antimicrobial resistance and crop production