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Prof. David M. Schultz

Centre for Atmospheric Science
School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
University of Manchester


Letters of Reference

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Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Links

The University takes a hard line on plagiarism, as do I and our School. If you copy and paste text from a source without rewriting it in your own words (more than just changing synonyms), then you are susceptible to being sent to the University for disciplinary action. If you are unaware of what plagiarism is, please read these resources below.

University of Manchester: Plagiarism and Academic Malpractice - Guidance for Students

University of Manchester resources: John Rylands Library

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Avoiding Plagiarism

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Paraphrase Prof. Irving Hexham's "The Plague of Plagiarism: Academic Plagiarism Defined"


Ph.D. Students

Are you interested in working on a Ph.D. project with me? If so, then see our Manchester and Liverpool Doctoral Training Programme's Web page for atmospheric science Ph.D. student projects. We can also develop a project that is tailored to your skills and interests. If you are interested, please contact me.

MEarth Sci. Students or Third-Year Undergraduate Students

I have several collaborative projects for students. We can also develop a project that is tailored to your skills and interests.

The relationship between the meteorology and the chemical analysis of rainwater and cloudwater from Holme Moss (David Schultz and Bart van Dongen)

Seventeen years of data have been collected at Holme Moss Meteorological Observatory in the south Pennines. Data include pH, chloride, nitrate, sulphate, sodium, ammonium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and ion balance. In addition, organics are is present in rainwater. The samples collected will be analysed for their organic composition. Students who select this topic will analyze the data, looking for relationships between the chemistry and the meteorology. The choice of the specific topic will depend upon the interests of the student. Students should be capable with data analysis, laboratory chemical analysis, statistics, and know some meteorology.

New Uses for Old Environmental Data (Bart van Dongen and David Schultz)

Gigabytes of environmental data are laying around, but could be used in innovative teaching, outreach, or research applications. Students who select this topic will be involved in developing electronic resources for new ways to interpret and display data, such as eBooks, apps, Web applications, or other innovative tools. Students should be capable with some form of advanced computer skills (programming, eBook design, HTML, Java, etc.) and the analysis of large datasets.

Possible relationships between global seismic activity and atmospheric and oceanic patterns

The aim of this project is to investigate the relationship between seismic activity across major fault systems and atmospheric pressure patterns. Previous research by Jerome Namias showed that large-scale atmospheric (and by consequence, oceanic) patterns that placed large pressure gradients across the San Andreas Fault increased the seismic activity of the fault. This project will investigate a larger sample of faults to see if similar pressure patterns are apparent, thus yielding pressure patterns that may favor an increase in seismic activity.

Carboniferous plants of the Manchester Museum (Dr David Gelsthorpe, Dr Rachel Webster, Dr David Schultz, and possibly Dr Minsung Kim (FLS))

Manchester Museum has a collection of over 4000 fossil plants from the Carboniferous. Given this huge collection, what can morphometric analysis tell us about the variation and diversity of the flora at this time? Can we obtain a better understanding of the sedimentary environments, climate, and its changes during the Carboniferous? What does the variation within the collection tell us about the representativeness of the collection? How does the Manchester collection compare to other collections? These are the types of questions that can be investigated with this collection, depending on the student's interest.

Investigation of the Large Marine Reptile Collection at the Manchester Museum (Dr David Gelsthorpe, Dr Phil Manning, and Dr David Schultz)

The Manchester Museum has over 1000 marine reptile fossils from the Lower Jurassic in its collection. The ichthyosaurs in particular have been little studied. The student will identify an unclassified fossil, then the variety within a species and across species can be noted. Given that much of the collection lacks detailed documentation beyond species name, serendipity of a new discovery is a possibility!

Middle Jurassic Plant Taphonomy (Dr Phil Manning and Dr David Schultz)

The Middle Jurassic non-marine succession of the Yorkshire Coast comprises several productive palaeobotantical sites. These have been studied since the early 19th Century, and many species have been described but little has been done on the taphonomy of these plants. The Saltwick Formation is comprised of a series of interbedded mudstone and sandstones deposited in a fluvial lacustrine series and yields some of the most impressive plant fossils from the Yorkshire Coast, dating from the most basal Middle Jurassic units. The aim of this project is to review the taphonomy and unique three-dimensional preservation of plant remains from a discrete unit within the Saltwick Formation (near Whitby).

Last update: 5 March 2015