PhD Opportunities

The regulation of river flows is one of the biggest stressors affecting river ecosystems across the world.  In many countries, major legislative efforts are therefore underpinning the development of new approaches to mitigate the impacts of river flow regulation.  These approaches are based on optimising the management of river flows to maintain services to humans (e.g. water supply, hydropower) whilst protecting and/or rejuvenating the aquatic environment with water of adequate quantity and quality in space and time (i.e. environmental flows). In this context, a field of applied aquatic science has developed to generate the evidence base for identifying the best ways to manage the quantity, quality and patterns of environmental flows to sustain river ecosystems,  Euro-FLOW will train a new cohort of researchers to be future leaders in this field.  Within Euro-FLOW, 15 early-stage researchers will develop new theoretical and empirical insights via ground-breaking experimental manipulations, large-scale field surveys and development of cutting-edge models to inform the management of water flows and aquatic ecosystems in river basins.  Future research leaders will be developed through advanced training in: (i) river ecosystem science in relation to environmental flows; (ii) transferable scientific and life skills; (iii) collaborative working with international and inter-sectoral networking.  Euro-FLOW will produce scientists with the ability to span subject boundaries, e.g. hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, ecology, microbiology, modelling and environmental management. The strong involvement of the non-academic sector will provide the PhD students with a holistic perspective on career opportunities.


Click each title to see project descriptions, objectives, expected outcomes and eligibility criteria.

ESR 1: Designing the ideal river flow regime: designer flows for delivering good ecological potential in regulated rivers

ESR 2: Linking the ecological effects of e-flows with sediment regimes in rivers

ESR 3: Integrating water quantity and quality in eco-hydrological relationships

ESR 4: Linking environmental flows to changes in river ecosystem structure and functioning mediated by water chemistry and biotic interactions

ESR 5: Microbial metabolism of terrestrial resources in river corridors under variable flow regimes: match-mismatch scenarios between resources and consumers

ESR 6: River food web responses to reservoir outflow manipulation

ESR 7: Basin-region hydromorphological alteration links to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

ESR 8: Testing the effect of hydrological alteration on stream ecosystem functioning

ESR 9: Linkages between river habitat dynamics and channel morpho-dynamics at the mesoscale

ESR 10: Effects of hydrological and water quality alteration on river fish and macroinvertebrate production

ESR 11: Functional implications of river thermal response to flow dynamics

ESR 12: Improved reservoir operating policies for implementation of environmental flows

ESR 13: Integrating land use with river regulation effects on river flows and water quality

ESR 14: Future river flows: designing and modelling environmental flow regimes to account for changing climate and policy drivers

ESR 15: Towards integrated e-flow assessment at multiple scales

Additional guidance on the requirements and benefits of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks (ITN) funding scheme are provided here.