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THE QUEENíS UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST - Centre of Palaeocology

Offers a 3 year NIDevR/ESF studentship for study leading to a PhD in the
topic detailed below. The amount of the award is of £5,455 pounds per annum.

Applicants must be EU nationals and residents and have a primary degree at
2.1 or above in geography,biology, geology or archaeology.

Applicants must complete a ìuniversity awardî form. These forms are
available on the WWW as detailed below. All applicants must also send a CV.
The successful applicant will subsequently complete a University Admission
Form

HOW TO ACCESS THE "UNIVERSITY AWARD" FORM:
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go to the following address -  http://www.qub.ac.uk/pao/applfun.htm
Down load the "university award" form and save it to your hard drive. Fill
it in and send it by e-mail
([log in to unmask]) or by fax (+44-1232-4344 54) or by letter to Philip
Henry, Faculty of Sciences, Queen's
University of Belfast, Belfast BT 7 1 NN, Northern Ireland, before 30
September 1998. Please ignore the
closing date printed on the form. 30 September 1998 is the closing date for
this particular award. Please
indicate clearly on the form that it is to work with the Centre of
Palaeoecology.
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DETAILS OF THE RESEARCH TOPIC
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Holocene lake levels changes in western Ireland: a regional feature linked
to the North Atlantic oceanic circulation ?

The anthropogenic global warming may be the cause of a global cooling owing
to the melting of the polar ice caps resulting in an input of freshwater to
the North Atlantic and the shut down of the conveyor belt. This has
happened several times during the last glacial period. Evidences from ice
and marine cores are now emerging indicating that the Holocene period is
not as stable as previously thought.
The Holocene sedimentary infilling of western Irish lakes are showing
lithological changes from marl to organic layers related to changes in lake
levels. A multidisciplinary study of a series of lake in the area will
focus on establishing the timing of low lake levels and attempting to
estimate rate of changes. Correlation of our data to ice and marine records
will allow to reconstruct hemispheric or even global patterns and predict
the effect on western Europe.

This project is for 2 students with different degrees and interests.
fieldwork: organisation of a coring campaign, use of a Livingstone corer
(10 to 30 ? m of sediment) lab work: pigment analyses, plant macrofossils,
palynology, historical documents  and archaeological data.

Any queries to Dr Suzanne Leroy ([log in to unmask])

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Dr Mark Gardiner; Department of Archaeology,
The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN
Email: [log in to unmask]; Telephone: +44 (0)1232 273448
Fax: +44 (0)1232 321280




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