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PhD Opportunities

This lists details the PhD projects that we are aware of. They are by no means exhaustive and the institutions listed, and others, may well be offering additional projects. Further details for many of these projects are already available on institutional websites. Note that application deadlines can be as early as January, and interviews usually take place during the period January-April.

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Institution: Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
Supervisor(s): Prof Matthew Wills (Bath), Dr Natalie Cooper (NHM), Prof Davide Pisani (Bristol), Dr Sammy de Grave (Oxford)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Why are some groups of animals super diverse, while their sister groups are species poor? Understanding the forces that shape past and present patterns of diversity is now a major agenda in evolutionary biology and conservation. In this project, we will focus on arthropods, because the heterogeneity of species richness is particularly striking. For example, there are about a million described species of insect but only 30 species of remipede, their closest relatives. What is the relationship between species richness and the complexity and flexibility of the bodyplan? More information...
Expiry Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Institution: Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
Supervisor(s): Prof Matthew Wills (Department of Biology & Biochemistry / Milner Centre for Evolution), Dr Evangelos Evangelou (Department of Mathematical Sciences / Centre for Mathematical Biology).
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: What is the best way to use fossil dates and biogeographical data to test the accuracy of evolutionary trees? More information...
Expiry Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Institution: University of Leeds
Supervisor(s): Dr Crispin Little (University of Leeds), Professor Simon Poulton (University of Leeds), Dr. Christian März (University of Leeds), Dr. Fiona Gill (University of Leeds), Dr James Riding (British Geological Survey)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: One of the many detrimental effects of future climate warming will be the expansion of oxygen minimum ‘‘dead zones’’ in shallow marine areas, leading to the loss of commercially important fish and invertebrate stocks (1). General circulation models predict that climate change will directly deplete oceanic dissolved oxygen levels by increasing stratification and warming, as well as indirectly by causing changes in rainfall patterns, nutrient run-off and shelf eutrophication; all of which will increase marine areas affected by hypoxia and anoxia. More information...
Expiry Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Institution: University of Bristol
Supervisor(s): Professor Emily Rayfield (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol), Drs Colin Palmer and Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Project Background More information...
Expiry Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Institution: University of Bristol
Supervisor(s): Prof. Philip Donoghue FRS (University of Bristol), Prof. Matthew Wills (University of Bath), Prof. Davide Pisani (University of Bristol), Dr Mario dos Reis (Queen Mary University of London), Dr Thomas Guillerme (Imperial College)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Biodiversity, living and dead, exhibits discontinuous variation in shape and form between clusters of similar species in what can be considered morphological ‘design space’ [1]. For example, the animal kingdom is divided into phyla distinguished by their unique bodyplans. The tempo and mode by which these disparate morphologies evolve is hotly disputed, at the heart of debate over the nature of apparently explosive radiations, like those of animals and placental mammals, as well as the nature of the evolutionary process itself. More information...
Expiry Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Institution: University of Liverpool
Supervisor(s): Dr Karl Bates (University of Liverpool), Dr Susannah Maidment (The Natural History Museum, London), Dr Nathan Jeffery (University of Liverpool)
Funding Status: No funding exists as yet
Description: Functional and biomechanical reconstructions of extinct animals represent a crucial step towards understanding palaeoecological interactions, selective pressures and macroevolutionary patterns in the fossil record. In recent years functional analyses of extinct organisms have been revolutionised by the widespread adoption of quantitative computational approaches, many adapted from the field of biomedical engineering. More information...
Expiry Date: Monday, December 31, 2018