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Welcome to the website for the SPHERES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Our NERC DTP spans the science of Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere. It is hosted by five academic departments at the University of Leeds and one at the University of York, building on a history of bi-lateral and multi-lateral research collaboration. Through high quality research projects and training, we aim to attract excellent postgraduate students into natural environment science research and train them for future employment and leadership, enabling them to contribute to environmental well-being and UK economic prosperity. Our research projects tackle current and future global challenges such as climate change, atmospheric pollution, natural hazards, sustainable use of natural resources (e.g., water, hydrocarbons, minerals, soils, forests, biodiversity) and food security.

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Professor Martyn Chipperfield

Other PhD opportunities

There are also other PhD opportunities in our host departments. Students who are interested in studying for a PhD in our departments, and who have alternative sources of funding, are welcome to view the list of available PhD projects by clicking here or by using the menu on the left. For more details please contact the lead supervisor.

Latest News

DTP students head 'Into The Blue' (Oct 20, 2016)

Jude Lane's work featured in the Guardian (Jul 18, 2016)

Owen King's work in the Media (Jun 9, 2016)

2016 DTP Student Conference and Prizes (Jun 6, 2016)

Autumn Pugh awarded MSL grant (May 9, 2016)

2016 DTP Student Conference - Programme announced (Apr 29, 2016)

Yvonne Smith wins AGU poster award (Jan 11, 2016)

DTP Atmosphere Day (Dec 10, 2015)

DTP Cakes at the Earth and Environment Charity Bake Off (Dec 9, 2015)

Presenting and Publishing Workshop (Dec 8, 2015)

News Archive


Who’s back on Bass Rock? (Jude Lane, June 28, 2016)

2nd World Seabird Twitter Conference (Jude Lane, May 6, 2016)

Who's the daddy? (Jude Lane, Mar 8, 2016)

Khumbu valley fieldwork- 2015 (Owen King, Mar 2, 2016)

Five months in! (Jamie Wilson, Mar 1, 2016)

Gannets in three-dimemsions (Jude Lane, Sep 7, 2015)

Gannet research on Bass Rock (Jude Lane, Aug 21, 2015)