Fully Funded PhD: Hydrological Impact of Peatland Restoration

Human activity has impacted peatland cover and the ecosystem services it provides all across Britain and Ireland, particularly over the past decades. More recently both British and Irish Governments have made significant financial commitments to restore damaged areas and their ecosystems as part of their strategies for tackling climate change. Although understanding the behaviour of water forms a core element in restoration activities, changes in hydrological regimes as a result of restoration remain poorly understood.

This multidisciplinary research aims to quantify the benefits of peatland restoration in Irish bogs to determine realistic restoration targets and the most beneficial ways in which restoration activities can be undertaken. Work will initially focus on establishing baseline hydrological conditions in impacted areas, targeted for restoration, before comparing responses following engineered restoration measures, including drain blockage and the installation of cut-off walls. This research will involve working within the Queen's University Belfast multidisciplinary Peatland Research Group, where the successful candidate will work with the existing researchers from a range of backgrounds, and industrial collaborators. Field based activities will be supported by non-governmental organisations, engineering consulting firms and EU-funded INTERREG partners, to provide site access, state-of-the-art hydrometric / geotechnical instrumentation and oversight on the use and analysis of high spatial and temporal resolution data sets.

This scholarship covers tuition fees and a tax-free PhD candidate salary.

For more information, please contact: Dr Ray Flynn at qub19031@earthworks-jobs.com.

Requirements: Interested candidates should have the following:

  • Be a UK or Northern Ireland National/Resident
  • A background in Environmental Science/ Environmental Engineering or a related discipline, with a (expected) final degree grade of II-1 or higher.
  • A full driving licence
  • Be able to work in both the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • Be flexible and prepared to carry out field work in both jurisdictions.

How to Apply: Complete an application form via the Queen's University Postgraduate Applications Portal

Deadline: 5th April 2019

posted: 20 March 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.