Food safety for all: developing invertebrate models for monitoring phytoplankton toxicity in shellfish

Lead: University of Plymouth

Opportunity for a 3.5 year PhD led by the University of Plymouth (Dr Turner, Professor Spicer), Nitte University (Dr Karunasagar) and the Marine Biological Association (Dr Stern). Dr Rowena Stern, Research Fellow with the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) at the MBA, will act as co-supervisor for the project. Rowena is interested in long-term ecological patterns of plankton.

Discover more about this PhD opportunity and apply online.

Deadline: 11 January 2023

 

CDT SuMMeR: Quantifying ecological impacts and changes to ecosystem services as a result of seaweed aquaculture

Lead: University of Plymouth

Cultivation of microalgae and macroalgae (i.e. seaweeds) currently contributes about 20% of total global aquaculture biomass and is rising rapidly at 8% per year. Seaweed products are used by a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agriculture and human food. Seaweed farming in the UK, as elsewhere, has increased in recent years, although still in its infancy.

Working with Dr Dan Smale, this project will examine whether seaweed farms promote local biodiversity, attract and support commercially-important fisheries species, and contribute to local carbon uptake and sequestration. The work will also examine the social/economic benefits and challenges of seaweed farming and translate the findings to facilitate policy and decision making.

Discover more about this PhD opportunity and apply online.

Deadline: 17 January 2023