Knowledge and Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS): Artificial night light as a barrier to migration and movement of high value fish and fisheries (PhD Studentship)
Reference Number: R681
THIS PROJECT IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS.
Key Studentship Information
Project Title: Artificial night light as a barrier to migration and movement of high value fish and fisheries
Supervisors: Siân Griffiths and Steve Ormerod
Start Date: 1 October 2011
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by KESS (Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship) to work with Siân Griffiths and Steve Ormerod (Cardiff School of Biosciences) on the effect of artificial night light on the migration, movement and ecology of salmonid fish. The project will link animal behaviour feeding ecology and population dynamics to investigate the likely benefits of managing monochromatic and broad-spectrum street lighting to reduce adverse impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Using a combination of field and laboratory experiments, the response of salmonids and their invertebrate prey will be investigated.
Number of Awards: 1
KESS supports doctoral awards for students from the Convergence areas of Wales which are jointly sponsored by employers based in Convergence areas of Wales. This scholarship is part-funded by: the European Social Fund (ESF); by non-academic employers from the Convergence areas of Wales; and by Cardiff University. The ESF Convergence West Wales and the Valleys Programme is administered by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Welsh European Funding Office.
The key objectives of KESS are to:
- Increase the research capacity of SMEs by linking with a PhD / Masters project.
- Encourage SMEs to undertake research and recruit researchers.
- Prepare and train individuals to contribute to research as professionals
- Support the development of key technologies in the Convergence area
- Promote Higher-level Skills Development
Amount of Funding:
Full UK/EU fees at the Home or EU rate, supported by the Academic School.
A stipend starting at £13,688 for 2010/11 increasing each year).
Candidates must meet the following criteria;
- Have a home or work address in a Convergence area of Wales* at the time of their application to the University.
- Have the right to take up paid work in the Convergence areas of Wales* on completion of the scholarship
- Be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ according to the University’s guidelines.
*The Convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities: Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen.
Candidates should satisfy Cardiff University's admissions criteria (as outlined in the Code of Practice for Research Degrees) - applicants for research PhDs are normally expected to have one or both of the following:
- a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject;
- a relevant Master's qualification or equivalent.
How to Apply
Applicants for KESS funding should hold an offer of PhD place at Cardiff University.
Applications for PhD study at Cardiff can be made online at: http://cf.ac.uk/regis/general/applyonline/index.html
Further details on KESS and application forms for KESS funding can be found at:
Application Deadline: 27 June 2011 (Applications closed for the 2011-2012 academic year).
Informal enquiries about the project should be adressed Dr Siân Griffiths (GriffithsSW@Cardiff.ac.uk).