We are currently advertising a PhD studentship through the “IAPETUS2” doctoral training network: Sea ice evolution and ecosystem responses recorded by Antarctic seabirds. This project aims to develop novel insights into the evolution of Antarctic sea ice and marine ecosystems through time, using specific sequences of preserved seabird stomach oils recovered from nunataks above the Antarctic ice sheet. The successful candidate will gain new skills in a range of methods, which are likely to include stable isotopes, organic geochemistry, inorganic geochemistry; these are all commonly used tools to trace changes in diet and environmental conditions through time.
If you are interested in Antarctic environments, past climate change, ecosystems, seabirds and sea ice then check out the link above for further details or contact Erin McClymont. We are also happy to discuss the potential for undergraduate internships or Masters projects related to this work (e.g. see a recent blog here).
Snow petrels in their nest (credit: Ewan Wakefield)