Doctoral Training Partnerships

ARIES: Advanced research and innovation in the environmental sciences

ARIES (Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences) is a new Doctoral Training Partnership with the mission “to train postgraduate research students (PGRs) with excellent potential from across society, equipping them with the necessary skills to become 21st Century Scientists: leaders in the science and sustainable business of the natural environment.”

ARIES is funded from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is an extensive world-class partnership integrating 59 partners from universities, research institutes and end users. ARIES is built upon scientific excellence within five overlapping research themes:

  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Marine, Atmospheric and Climate Science
  • Geosciences, Resources and Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Genomics and Microbiology
  • Agri-environments and Water

2019 studentships

  • Shellfish responses to global environmental change – implications for aquaculture and marine conservation – CASE Award
    Michael Steinke, Tom Cameron, John Woods (University of Essex), Paul Harding (Colchester Oyster Fishery) 
    Further details about the studentship (.pdf)
  • Effects of oil spill dispersants on marine oil snow formation, fate and impact – CASE Award
    Boyd McKew, Terry McGenity (University of Essex), Rob Holland (Oil Spill Response Ltd.) 
    Further details about the studentship (.pdf)
  • Fate, transformation and effect of microplastics on microbial communities in the environment – CASE Award
    Corinne Whitby, Philippe Laissue (University of Essex), Richard Thompson (Plymouth University), Andrew Mayes (UEA), Lucinda Gilfoyle (Anglian Water) 
    Further details about the studentship (.pdf)
  • Fresh Blue Carbon: The control of freshwater carbon emissions by pelagic food webs
    Tom Cameron, Corinne Whitby (University of Essex), Mark Trimmer (Queen Mary University) 
    Further details about the studentship (.pdf)
  • Environmental perception in motile diatoms
    Glen Wheeler (MBA), Graham Underwood (University of Essex), Katherine Helliwell, Colin Brownlee (MBA) 
    Further details about the studentship (.pdf)
  • Delivering Effective Marine Protected Areas – Backing the Blue Belt through Governance Structures – CASE Award (joint with SeNSS DTP)
    Tom Cameron, Gina Yannitell Reinhardt, Michelle Taylor (University of Essex), Christopher Sweeting (Marine Management Organisation) 
    Further details about the studentship (.pdf)

How to apply

Send an email to Emma Revill by 8 January 2019 with:

  • your CV (including contact details of two academic references)
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the PhD 

If you have any questions please contact any member of the supervisory team.


ARIES offers an exciting training package to support you during your PhD and in your career choices post study.

As well as ARIES opportunities, you can also benefit from Proficio, our University's unique professional development scheme for doctoral students. You receive up to £2,500 during your studies to fund specialist training across a range of areas from research skills and managing a PhD, to presenting work and getting published.

ARIES also offers advanced training courses to other PhD students at partner universities. Students don't need to be in receipt of a studentship to participate.

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Supervisory team