Eel Anguilla anguilla migration, barriers and loss of ecosystem services: the case of the River Parrett catchment, Somerset Levels PhD

Entry requirements
2:1+
Full-time
3.5 years / 42 months
Start date
01 October 2019
Application deadline
21 January 2019
Reference number
CENTA18-LU6
UK / EU fee
Not applicable
International fee
Not applicable
Location
Loughborough

Overview

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Project detail

The European eel Anguilla anguilla is a critically endangered catadromous fish species with a poorly understood lifecycle. Newly hatched larvae (leptocephali) are transported on ocean currents from the Sargasso Sea to intertidal areas of Europe. On arrival in shallow coastal habitats, eels are washed into the mouths of rivers before continuing their journeys upstream. As elvers between 7 and 8 cm in length, fish search for nursery habitats, often located significant distances inland. It is within these nursery habitats the eels remain and reach maturity, before undertaking their seaward journey back to the Sargasso to spawn. 

Conservation efforts are hampered by poor understanding of how eel movements and distributions within inland systems are affected by different types of in-river structure and eels’ ability to negotiate these barriers when moving in an upstream or downstream direction. Furthermore, knowledge of eel immigration and migration which define populations within catchments, remains limited, and is largely based on modelling not empirical data collection. This PhD therefore aims to improve our ability to conserve and manage inland UK eel populations by developing a comprehensive understanding of their distributions and movements, and how these are influenced by anthropogenic activities in the River Parrett, Somerset Levels, UK.

Funding

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2019 and provides:

  • a tax free stipend of £14,777 per annum (in 2018/19) for the duration of the studentship
  • tuition fees at the UK/EU rate 
  • research training support grant of £8,000
Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder only students with a UK/EU fee status will be considered for this position. Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms and Conditions.

Find out more

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website.

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Prof Stephen Rice

Secondary supervisor: Prof Paul WoodDr Andrew Pledger (Loughborough University & AP Environmental Solutions)

Contact 

Name: Prof Stephen Rice

Telephone number:  +44 (0)1509 222748

Name: Prof Paul Wood

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223012

Name: Dr Andrew Pledger 

Why you should choose us

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants will need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Biology, Earth Science or Environmental Science.  A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Afghanistan 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Albania 9.5 8.5 8

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Armenia - percentage 90% 80% 70%
Armenia - GPA 3.9 3.5 3.0

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Austria A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Barbados - letter grading A B (or 75%) C (or 55%)
Barbados - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Benin 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bolivia 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Botswana - master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Costa Rica 9 8 or 80 or Notable 7.0 or 70 or Sufficiente

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dominican Republic 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 or 85% Cum Laude 3.2 or 82%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
El Salvador 8.5 or 85% 7.5 or 75% or Muy Bueno 6.5 or 65% or Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Estonia 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ethiopia - master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Georgia 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - letter grading A B or 75% C or 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Guatemala - Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - 80% 60%
Guatemala - private university - 85% 70%

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Guyana - master's - Pass with distinction or GPA 4.0 -

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Hungary 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iceland 8.5 7.5 6.5

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ivory Coast 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Jamaica - the University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liberia - master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nepal - master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 70% or 3.3 GPA

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nicaragua - 80% 70%

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Panama 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Senegal - 14/20 or bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Serbia 9 8.25 7.5

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sierra Leone - classification - 2:1 2:2
Sierra Leone - percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Sierra Leone - letter grading - B+ B

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Trinidad and Tobago - University of the West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st 2:1 2:2

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uruguay 10/12 8/12 or MB or 90% 6.5/12 or B or 80%

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Zambia - master's - B+ or 3.5 or 70% -

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Zimbabwe - 65% 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

There are two parts to the application process

  1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form via the link or download directly in MS Word format, upload as a supporting document in step 2
  2. All applications should also be made online, under programme name, select “Geography and Environment”

Closing date for applications: 21 January 2019

Reference number: CENTA18-LU6

 

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