Featured Supervisors and available topics

We would like to highlight the following supervisors to potential applicants and to current students who have not yet chosen a research topic.

Some of these supervisors have made noteworthy contributions to the training programme and have received great feedback from our current students but have not yet been matched with a DTP student for a full research project.  Others may be recent arrivals to Oxford, or younger academics who will be able to give more time and attention to a D.Phil student than some of the more established researchers.  We therefore recommend them to you for particular consideration when you are thinking about what project you might wish to undertake with the DTP.  They have been good enough to give some more specific examples of the types of projects you could carry out under their supervision.

Department of Earth Sciences

Samar Khatiwala

As well as the Industrial CASE studentship Samar has advertised on the CASE page, current project ideas with Samar include:

Toward a mechanistic understanding of glacial-interglacial cycles in atmospheric CO2

Quantifying ocean heat and anthropogenic carbon uptake

Constraining the Cycle of Natural and Anthropogenic Lead in the Ocean

Industrial CASE studentship

Sam Giles

Tackling the ‘teleost gap’

Department of Plant Sciences

Tonya Lander

As well as the CASE studentship Tonya has advertised on the CASE page, current project ideas with Tonya include:

The role of pollinators in plant species diversification in the Greater Cape Floristic Region, South Africa

Improving yield and nutritional quality of legumes through managing soil biodiversity and pollination services – sustainable and nutritious legumes in India

Department of Physics

Karen Aplin

The origins of volcanic lightning

Infra-red effects of atmospheric cluster-ions

Anu Dudhia

Anu has a CASE studentship advertised on the CASE page.

Department of Geography

Imma Oliveras

Deciphering the role of drought and fire in tropical ecosystems

Improving fire emission estimates

Stability and resilience of tropical vegetation transitions