University of St Andrews PhD application: “Atmospheric dimethylsulphide production from corals in response to climate change”

(…) In this PhD project, the student will investigate how seawater temperature- and pCO2-mediated changes in coral productivity affect coral DMSP cycling and subsequent flux of DMS to the atmosphere. The role of the coral holobiont (including the coral itself, as well as associated microbes and symbionts) in mediating DMS fluxes from coral reefs will be identified using state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic techniques, complimented by biogeochemical analyses (including seawater carbonate chemistry determination and sulphur gas chromatography). Hypotheses will be tested using long-term laboratory cultures and under natural variability via overseas fieldwork.

The student will be joining a NERC-funded team working in the tropical coral culture system at the University of St Andrews, and will be a member of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, enabling access to its training and networking opportunities. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the supervisory team for more information: Dr Heidi Burdett or Dr Nicola Allison.

School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St Andrews. PhD application.

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