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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: University of Leeds
Supervisor(s): Dr Alex Dunhill (University of Leeds), Dr Andrew Beckerman (University of Sheffield), Dr Jennifer Dunne (Santa Fe Institute), Prof. Paul Wignall (University of Leeds)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: The diversity of modern marine animals has increased dramatically over the past 230 million years, beginning with an event called the Mesozoic Marine Revolution (MMR). Over this period, marine fauna has gradually developed from sessile, epifaunal benthic assemblages in the Palaeozoic and early Mesozoic to more motile and structured/tiered communities we see today through the Late Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. Is there evidence of changes in trophic structure and trait evolution that indicate evolutionary escalation in Mesozoic oceans? More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Institution: University of Leeds
Supervisor(s): Dr Daniel Hill (University of Leeds), Dr Alex Dunhill (University of Leeds), Dr Fiona Gill (University of Leeds)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Despite high levels of complexity and a vast array of different ecosystems, the modern terrestrial biosphere has a number of unifying properties. One such property and a key feature of most ecosystems is the terrestrial ecological pyramid. Most biomass is contained within the primary producers, typically photosynthetic plants, with herbivores an order of magnitude less massive and carnivores composing a relatively minor portion of the biomass. This biomass structure holds over almost all terrestrial ecosystems, independent of productivity, climate, biome etc. More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Institution: University of Leeds
Supervisor(s): Prof. Paul Wignall (University of Leeds), Dr Alex Dunhill (University of Leeds), Dr David Bond (University of Hull)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Summary: More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Institution: University of Sheffield
Supervisor(s): Professor Charles Wellman (University of Sheffield), Professor Paul Strother (Boston College), Professor Paul Kenrick (The Natural History Museum, London)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: This project will investigate a newly discovered lagerstätten that provides an unparalleled insight into life on land one billion years ago. More information...
Expiry Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Institution: University of Lille
Supervisor(s): Prof. Taniel Danelian (University of Lille), Prof. Pierre Boulet (University of Lille)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Paleontological data are essential to obtain insights on changes in paleobiodiversity through the geological time and the biotic response to past events of global change. Investigations are usually carried out through the analysis of large databases, in which the record of species level occurrences is of prime importance. However, the collection of numerous data at species level is labour intensive; also, taxonomic occurrence data may be influenced to some extent by the opinion of taxonomists. More information...
Expiry Date: Monday, June 15, 2020