**Two PhD studentship projects available! Autumn 2019 start**
These are available through the NERC IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership, with studentships awarded on a competitive basis:
IAP2-18-83: Using microbial biomarkers, geochemistry and petrology in Precambrian and Pleistocene lake sediments to unravel early planetary biospheres. Supervisory team: Claire Cousins (St Andrews), Jaime Toney (Glasgow), Eva Stueeken (St Andrews), and Catherine Rose (St Andrews).
IAP2-18-82: Microbial carbon fixation in geothermal environments as an analogue to early Earth habitability. Supervisory team: Claire Cousins (St Andrews), Jon Telling (Newcastle), Sophie Nixon (Manchester), and Eva Stueeken (St Andrews).
All project details and application info available here: http://www.iapetus.ac.uk/category/institution/st-andrews/
The St Andrews GeoBus educational organisation recently completed a suite of Mars exploration STEM education activities and resources for schools and teachers. These can be found on their webpage: https://geobus.st-andrews.ac.uk/
GeoBus will incorporate these resources into their ongoing programme of enriching STEM education in secondary schools across Scotland. To date, GeoBus have taught over 70,000 students. Details of the Mission to Mars! educational resource can be found here: https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/59/1/1.34/4804291?redirectedFrom=fulltext
Follow @GeoBus_StA on Twitter to see what they’re up to.
This project was funded by a UK Space Agency ‘Space Education and Outreach’ grant.
- Our rover could discover life on Mars – here’s what it would take to prove it, The Conversation https://theconversation.com/our-rover-could-discover-life-on-mars-heres-what-it-would-take-to-prove-it-89625
- Interview for The Economist Babbage podcast ‘Prospects for new life’ http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21708985-scientists-japan-grow-artificial-mouse-pups-skin-cells-could-same-technique-one-day
- Feature detailing recent awards from the UK Space Agency and The Leverhulme Trust for Mars exploration science and technology development: http://univstandrews-research.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/multiple-projects-funded-for-mars.html
- Research Incentive Grant funded by the Carnegie Trust featured in “Awards in Focus”: http://www.carnegie-trust.org/researchincentivegrantsseptember2015/dr-claire-cousins-st-andrews
- Research Project Grant funded by The Leverhulme Trust featured in “Awards in Focus” : https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/awards-made/awards-focus/looking-life-uv-fluorescence-tool-planetary-exploration
- New Scientist feature on ExoMars PanCam testing in Iceland “ExoMars rover’s Martian-hunting camera takes test run in Iceland” April 2015 issue.
- New Scientist feature on collaborative work led by the University of Leeds: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829114.800-meteorites-could-have-been-source-of-lifes-batteries.html
- NERC Planet Earth Online feature on a recent paper in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research: http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1399&cookieConsent=A