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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: Institution National University of Ireland, Galway
Supervisor(s): Dr Karen Bacon (National University of Ireland, Galway), Dr Eimear Nic Lughadha (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: The Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, NUI Galway, is seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate to undertake a PhD in Dr Karen Bacon’s Plant Ecology lab focused on investigating relationships between leaf functional traits and extinction risk in plants in both a modern and palao context. It is often said that plants do not experience mass extinction in the same way as animals; however, today it is estimated that over 20% of known plant species are at risk of extinction. More information...
Expiry Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Institution: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Duncan Mcilroy (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland), Dr. Rod Taylor (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: The Memorial University Palaeobiology Research Group are seeking high quality applications for a doctoral student position to study exceptionally preserved Ediacaran body fossils from the famous fossiliferous Mistaken Point assemblages and others on the Bonavista Peninsula of eastern Newfoundland. More information...
Expiry Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Institution: Newcastle University
Supervisor(s): Tom Nye (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University), Martin R. Smith (Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University)
Funding Status: Funding is in place for this project
Description: We invite applications for a PhD position in statistics at Newcastle University. The project involves the development of a statistical model for the evolution of morphological traits. Evolutionary trees, or phylogenies, are typically estimated or reconstructed using genetic sequence data from present-day species. On the other hand, palaeontological data make a unique contribution to our understanding of evolution, but integrating such data with modern molecular-based analytical techniques is challenging. More information...
Expiry Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Institution: University of Cambridge
Supervisor(s): Dr Emily Mitchell and Prof Andrea Manica, (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Animals first appear in the fossil record during the Ediacaran time period (631-541 million years ago). It is during the Ediacaran animals evolved some of their most important traits: most obviously large body-size but also tissue-differentiation, mobility, bilateral symmetry and ecosystem engineering (reef-building). The study of Ediacaran organisms is fraught with difficulties because commonly-used morphological approaches have only limited use due to the unique anatomies of Ediacaran organisms. More information...
Expiry Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Institution: University of Liverpool
Supervisor(s): Dr Karl Bates (University of Liverpool), Dr Katrina Jones (Harvard University), Dr Phil Cox (University of York), Dr James Gardiner (University of Liverpool)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: Evolutionary shifts in locomotion underpin major ecological transitions in vertebrates. Our understanding of how key innovations in the locomotor system drive taxonomic and ecological diversity during evolutionary transitions is largely based on the limbs. However, recent studies demonstrate strong correlations between the morphology of the vertebral column and locomotor ecology, with elevated morphological disparity and evolutionary rates in axial regions linked with locomotor mechanics. More information...
Expiry Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Institution: Imperial College London
Supervisor(s): Dr Gareth Roberts (Imperial College London), Dr Mark Sutton (Imperial College London), Dr Philip Mannion (University College London), Dr Jan Hackel (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Funding Status: Funding is in competition with other projects and students
Description: In this project, new computational tools will be developed and applied to understand what drives evolution of life and landscapes on Earth. We will examine how biodiversity is generated and how it relates to the evolution of topography. A key question we will address is: To what extent does topography (and its history) drive terrestrial biodiversity? More information...
Expiry Date: Friday, January 31, 2020