Current PhD opportunity: PhD in Tundra Biodiversity

Team Shrub is recruiting a PhD student to study tundra biodiversity from functional traits and spectral signatures of leaves up to the tundra landscape! This PhD will be co-supervised by Isla Myers-Smith and Mark Vellend and will based in Québec Canada in association with the Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory. The position will stay open until filled.  Start dates at any time in 2018 or early 2019 welcomed. To find out more contact Isla and read the advertisement.


I am always interested in chatting with students or postdocs who might want to join the research group. For UK students, check out the 3E NERC Doctoral Training Programme in the School of GeoScience. For Scottish Students, check out the Carnegie PhD Scholarships. For International Students check out funding opportunities through the University of Edinburgh or the Universitas 21 programme. For Postdocs, check out EU funding.

The research topics that I am particularly interested in supervising include:

  1. Phenology/growth-climate relationships in tundra plant species using ecological monitoring, common garden experiments, dendroecology and/or drones.
  2. Testing the correspondence between remotely-sensed tundra greening and landscape and plot-level vegetation change using drones, satellite data and ecological monitoring.
  3. Vegetation-permafrost-climate interactions using drones, historical ecology, repeat photography and ecological monitoring.
  4. Testing the links between biodiversity change and climate warming or land use change in tundra or global biodiversity datasets.

Common garden experiment and dendroecology at the Kluane Lake Research Station and ecological monitoring, drone ecology and permafrost disturbances at the Qiqiktaruk – Herschel Island field site.

If you are stoked about tundra greening and are a UK citizen or EU citizen and UK resident, check out our PhD project advertised through the NERC DTP programme at Edinburgh!

Using drones to understand Arctic greening: How does phenology respond to climate and what are the implications for tundra vegetation change?