DPhil Projects 2017

Listed below are the DPhil projects offered for 2017 entry.  Please note, we are now closed to applications for that cycle


You will need to apply for both the programme and the project via the main University online graduate application form, and pay an application fee.  The application form, all supporting materials required for the programme (including references) and payment must be submitted by the application deadline.  To access the application form and application guide please visit the University’s website at www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/apply.

On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, you must indicate that you are applying for a project and enter the project reference code given below.

Project EARTH-17-DMP1: Using machine-learning approaches to detect changes in volcanic activity

Project EARTH-17-DMP2: Using Archives of Past Disasters to Improve Resilience to Volcanic Hazards

Project EARTH-17-ES1: How do thee vary? Let me count the ways. A quantitative investigation of changes in species through the Phanerozoic

Project EARTH-17-ES2: Biodiversity responses to mass extinction events: studying rates of niche evolution through time

Project EARTH-17-GMH1: Quantification of dust and iron fluxes to the surface ocean with thorium isotopes

Project EARTH-17-GMH2: Stalagmite reconstruction of past Saharan aridity

Project EARTH-17-HB1: Absorption of light by Arctic marine phytoplankton: its ecological and biogeochemical significance

Project EARTH-17-HB2: Relationship between phytoplankton and marine aerosols at the global scale: exploring underlying mechanisms and implications for Earth’s climate, using satellite data

Project EARTH-17-HLJ1: Meridional overturning circulation and ocean heat uptake

Project EARTH-17-IR1: Deciphering the Evolution of Symmetry in Early Echinoderms

Project EARTH-17-MPS1: Structural and metamorphic evolution of the Zanskar Himalaya from crustal thickening through to melting and exhumation

Project EARTH-17-RK1Melting and water drainage from ice-stream margins: theory and computation

Project EARTH-17-RK2: Magma/mantle dynamics: production and extraction of melt from the convecting mantle

Project EARTH-17-RK3: Magma genesis and transport in subduction zones – theory and computational models

Project EARTH-17-RR1: Reconstructing past climates and physiology using new old molecules

Project EARTH-17-RR2: Optimising elements for life: exploring the expanse of the periodic table

Project EARTH-17-RR3: The Paleoclimatic history of ENSO variance

Project EARTH-17-RR4: Assessing the biological response to changes in ocean chemistry from increased weathering

Project EARTH-17-SK2: Ocean Biogeochemical Optimisation in ESMs (OBOE)

Project EARTH-17-TM1: Understanding the volcanism of the Tasmantid seamount chain

Project EARTH-17-TM2: The importance and impacts of magmatic volatiles: the behaviour of noble gases and halogens in magmatic systems