ARIES is led by the University of East Anglia, and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); the partnership is comprised of four other leading universities, and nine Research Centres of national and international importance, and offers training and studentship funding (including tuition fees, a stipend, and research costs).

ARIES-funded research at UEA cuts across the whole NERC remit, including Oceanography and Atmospheric Science; Ecology and Conservation; Computational Biology; Environmental Microbiology; Geosciences; and Agri-Environments and Water. Our ARIES-funded postgraduate researchers are based in our Schools of Biological Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computing Sciences; International Development; and Mathematics.

UEA’s ARIES PhD projects are characterised by highly interdisciplinary approaches, reflected in diverse supervisory teams and whole-cohort training events. Many ARIES PhD research projects have strong collaborative elements with deep involvement from non-academic partners in the private, public, and charitable sectors. Project partners to date , include: Anglian Water, Atkins, the British Antarctic Survey, Cefas, the Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the RSPB; and Norwich Research Park partners the Earlham Institute and John Innes Centre. An Independent Research Impact Advisor, typically from a non-academic organisation will help you to gain a wider perspective on your research and career.

ARIES has close ties with the Cambridge University Earth Systems Science (ESS) DTP, which further enhances training and networking opportunities for research students through joint events and symposia.

Postgraduate researchers working in the Environmental Sciences will further benefit from the interdisciplinary approaches promoted by the well-established Tyndall Centre; the newly constituted ClimateUEA; training and networking opportunities offered by the Critical Decade for Climate Change Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships programme; and interactions with environmental social scientists, including those funded, or jointly funded, with the SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Undertaking an ARIES PhD studentship at UEA provides an opportunity to make an outstanding contribution to NERC science, and apply your knowledge to the critical challenges facing the global environment.


Applications for ARIES studentships are made to individual research projects, which can be found advertised on the UEA website. Applications typically open in October each year, with a deadline in early January. 

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Redefining the metabolism of nitrogen cycling microbes using Dual Stable Isotope Probing (LEHTOVIRTA_UBIO22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Dr Laura Lehtovitra-Morley
Secondary Supervisor - Professor Matt Hutchings (John Innes Centre)
Supervisory Team - Professor...

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Leaky Ocean Eddies (ZHAI_UENV22ARIES)

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Mesoscale eddies are ubiquitous and the most energetic features of the global ocean circulation. They play a key role in...

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Why do weather and climate models get the Indian Ocean wrong? (WEBBER_UENV22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Dr Benjamin Webber
Secondary Supervisor - Professor Adrian Matthews (UEA, ENV)
Supervisory Team - Dr José Rodríguez (UK Met...

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Developing more sustainable crustacean fisheries through improved age determination and stock assessment

Developing more sustainable crustacean fisheries through improved age determination and stock assessment (TAYLOR_UBIO22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Dr...

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The Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the role of bathymetry, eddies and sea ice (STEVENS_UMTH22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Professor David Stevens
Secondary Supervisor - Dr David Munday (British Antarctic Survey,

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Understanding lifelong and multigenerational inbreeding effects in the Seychelles warbler (RICHARDSON_UBIO22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Professor David S Richardson
Secondary Supervisor - Dr Lewis Spurgin (Biological sciences UEA)
Supervisory Team - Professor...

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Can we restore Blue Carbon? - Assessing carbon dynamics in restored UK salt marshes through molecular tools

Can we restore Blue Carbon? – Assessing carbon dynamics in restored UK salt marshes through molecular tools (NOLTE_UENV22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor -...

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The role of zinc in the adaptation of diatoms to conditions of polar oceans (MOCK_UENV22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Professor Thomas Mock
Secondary Supervisor - Professor Cock van Oosterhout (UEA, ENV)
Supervisory Team - Dr Glen Wheeler (The...

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Understanding how the natural environment influences DMSP production by plants (MILLER_UBIO22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Dr Ben Miller
Secondary Supervisor - Professor Jon Todd (School of Biological Sciences, UEA)
Supervisory Team - Dr Frances...

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Extreme weather in the tropics (MATTHEWS_UENV22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Professor Adrian Matthews
Secondary Supervisor - Dr Ben Webber (ENV, UEA)
Supervisory Team - Dr Juliane Schwendike (School of...

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Evolutionary Ecology of Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance (MAKLAKOV_UBIO22ARIES)


Recent discoveries suggest that organisms may transfer environmentally induced phenotypic changes to their descendants non-genetically...

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What causes ozone depletion events and bromine explosions in the polar atmosphere? (KAISER_UENV22ARIES)

Primary Supervisor - Professor Jan Kaiser
Secondary Supervisor - Dr Markus Frey (British Antarctic Survey)
Supervisory Team - Dr Peer Nowack...

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