PhD, tropical peatlands - Exeter, UK

A PhD opportunity is available at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK, on the topic "Were tropical peatlands responsible for the atmospheric CH4 concentration increase during the last deglaciation?"


Atmospheric methane (CH4) concentrations have varied widely and abruptly in response to natural climate cycles, e.g. the last deglaciation; but the causes of this variations have remained controversial.

We know tropical wetlands are likely to play an important part of the methane budget at present time.

Because of the anoxic conditions found within their sediments, wetlands are the main natural emitter of methane and more than half of the annual methane emitted to the atmosphere at present is from tropical wetlands. They are also the main driver for interannual variability of methane and have been shown to be very sensitive to climatic change.

But the role of tropical peatlands in driving atmospheric methane concentration during the last deglaciation is still heavily debated. This project will aim to use the peatland record to investigate the importance of tropical peatlands in methane production during the last deglaciation.


Applications close 8 January 2021. International students are welcome to apply.

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Further information

For information relating to the research project, please contact the lead Supervisor, Angela Gallego-Sala: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.