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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 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. We have recruited 80 students in 3 cohorts since October 2014. Their 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

Research Experience Placements - Applications Open (Apr 10, 2017)

Applications Open for a Fully Funded Studentship in Atmospheric Chemistry (Apr 5, 2017)

DTP Careers Workshop (Mar 24, 2017)

Invasive Species Week at Leeds University (Mar 20, 2017)

SPHERES DTP Newsletter #2 (Feb 17, 2017)

New SPHERES DTP Newsletter (Oct 31, 2016)

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

Welcome Cohort 3 (Oct 14, 2016)

DTP Biosphere Day (Oct 7, 2016)

Better Biosecurity to Slow the Spread of Invasive Species (Sept 30, 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)

News Archive


Visit to Ghent University Forest & Nature Lab (Jordan Chetcuti, Feb 24, 2017)

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)