The evolutionary ecology of dispersal in invading populations (SPURGINUBIO19ARIES)
Dr L Spurgin, Prof M Gage, Dr J Gilroy
8 January 2019
This exciting studentship addresses a fundamental scientific question. how do genes and the environment influence patterns of dispersal within and among populations? Answering this question is essential if we are to manage invasive species and crop pests.
Dispersal of Microplastics in the Marine Environment
Dr S Neill
27 January 2019
With an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans each year, marine plastics are one of the biggest and most immediate threats facing the marine environment.
War in the cabbage patch: a field test of metacommunity theory
Prof J Bullock, Dr D Hodgson
7 January 2019
Why do ecological communities vary in structure and dynamics across landscapes? Metacommunity theory suggests that this variation is caused by differences in species’ dispersal abilities, coupled with environmental and ecological filtering.
Modelling microplastic dispersal, settling and distribution in estuarine environments
Dr R Dorrell, Dr C Hackney, Prof D Parsons
23 January 2019
Since the onset of mass production of plastics in the 1950’s the flux of plastics to the marine environment has been a growing problem (Cole at al., 2011), such that microplastic contamination of the oceans is now one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns (Hurley et al., 2018).
Domestication of Perennial Plants: Evolution and Dispersal
Dr R Spengler
31 January 2019
Some of the most heavily investigated research topics in the sciences relate to the origins of agriculture. Over the past century and a half, scholars from across several fields of scholarship have dedicated their careers to the questions of when, where, how, and why plants and animals were first domesticated.
SCENARIO: Hominin dispersal, climate and encephalization
Dr C Venditti, Dr JS Singarayer, Prof M Pagel, Prof S Harrison
25 January 2019
Modern humans arose in Africa around 200,000 years ago and subsequently migrated out of Africa eventually to occupy the entire world – the only Hominin species in an evolutionary lineage that is ~7 million years old to have done so.