What causes the formation of pipes within peat?


Contact Professor Joseph Holden to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Natural pipes are common features of peatlands. In UK test sites they have been observed to transport around 13% of streamflow but over 20% of aquatic carbon to the stream. It has also been shown that piping is more common under particular land management conditions. When pipe networks grow they may degrade the peatland by rapidly expanding and collapsing to form gullies. However, it is still not clear what the key mechanisms are for pipe initiation and growth. There may be several causal mechanisms and it would be useful to determine the relative roles of these processes.

This PhD would tackle these issues through field measurements and experimentation. There could also be some scope for modelling if appropriate.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in the relevant subject area.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘What causes the formation of pipes within peat?' as well as Professor Joseph Holden as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information about the application process please contact Jacqui Manton e: j.manton@leeds.ac.uk