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Last updated: 4/7/2022

Funded PhD Project: Mass extinction dynamics

Project title:The lasting legacy of extreme global warming: Fossil floras and climates of deep-time mass extinction events

Host institution: University College Cork

Supervisors and institutions: Dr Chris Mays, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork (Ireland). Prof. Tracy Frank, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Connecticut (USA).

Project description: This study will reveal the ecologic and climatic signatures during the recovery phase of a major mass extinction event. Data collection will focus on plant microfossils and a range of geochemical proxies of climate change. Building upon previously collected fossil and geochemical data sets, this project will form an integral part of a growing research collaboration between Ireland, Australia, Sweden and the USA.

The successful applicant will commence the project on the 30th of September, 2022.

The candidate will:

  • have a first-class or upper second-class honours/fourth year degree (or equivalent) or MSc (taught or research) in geosciences, plant sciences, chemistry, environmental science or related disciplines;
  • have evidence of experience handling and analyzing quantitative data sets;
  • have evidence of interest in environmental changes and mass extinctions;
  • have excellent written and verbal English language skills;
  • be willing and able to undertake field work; and
  • be self-motivated and willing to work in a team.

Funding status: The project is funded by the SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) and covers an annual stipend of €18,500 + project costs. The grant also covers full student fee costs for EU citizens or partial student fee costs for non-EU citizens.

To apply: Please submit the following to Dr Chris Mays via email ( 1) your CV; and 2) a short statement summarizing your interest in the project (maximum: one half page; format options: doc, docx or pdf).

Applications close: 23:59 Sunday July 17th, 2022 (GMT).

For more information: Contact Dr Chris Mays (

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