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MScR: Effects of age on disease defence strategies in ants

Group living offers favourable conditions for the spread of infectious diseases, because high population densities and frequent social contacts facilitate pathogen transmission. Read more

Puffinosis: a 112 year old mysterious and deadly disease of Manx shearwaters

Seabirds are experiencing widespread decline; 28% of species are considered globally threatened. Mass mortality events in seabird colonies in 2021 and 2022 due to (H5N1) Avian Influenza have highlighted how crucial monitoring of wildlife diseases is to the conservation of already threatened species. Read more

Identification and characterisation of bacteriocins from environmental samples active against strains of Clostridium difficile.

Clostridiodes difficile is a cause of neonatal enteritis in livestock such as pigs, cattle and horses. Affected animals develop respiratory problems, abdominal distention and bloody diarrhoea leading to weight loss and in extreme cases mortality. Read more

Do pesticide exposed honey bees feel the heat?

Multiple stressors are implicated in UK honey bee colony losses, but whilst our understanding of stressors such as climate change and pesticides is improving, we lack an appreciation of how they interact. Read more

Quantifying animal personality to explain the coexistence and environmental responses of ants

Organisms vary. Some are large, some are small. Some bite, some photosynthesize, and some soar above our heads. What does this variation in organismal form and function mean? A central narrative is that the variation in these traits, and the relationships among them, define “dimensions of ecological strategy”. Read more

Department of Humanities (Advert Reference: RDF23/ADSS/HUMANITIES)

These studentships are popular and competitive. Please contact a PGR Subject Leads in the Department of Humanities before applying so they can connect you with an appropriate supervisor. Read more

Evidence and impact of parasite spillover across pollinator communities

Lead supervisor. Dr Peter Graystock (p.graystock@imperial.ac.uk). Co-supervisors. Professor William Hughes, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex; Professor Dave Goulson, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex. Read more

Impacts of volcanically induced climate change on medieval Icelandic farm abandonment

Summary. This interdisciplinary project uses down-scaled climate predictions to explore Medieval Icelandic farm settlement and abandonment patterns and possible links to global volcanic-induced climate change. Read more

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