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  Flight mechanics of insects - understanding how insects control their wingbeat and sense aerodynamic forces through the subtle use of these muscles.
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Dr S.M. Walker, Dr G N Askew
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019
Insects are the most agile and manoeuvrable of all flying animals. However, studying their flight presents a complex challenge. In the time that it takes a human to blink, a blowfly can beat its wings 50 times, powering and controlling each wingbeat using numerous tiny muscles - some as thin as a human hair.
  Conservation management of threatened New Zealand insects
  Dr T Murray
Applications accepted all year round
New Zealand has a global reputation for being at the forefront of threatened species conservation.
  Examining the interactions between plant-feeding insects and symbiotic fungi
  Prof A Gange
Applications accepted all year round
“Plants are not discrete entities, but instead are mergers of fungal cells with plant tissues”. This statement implies that every living plant has fungi living within the roots and shoots.
  Woodland insect responses to climate change
  Dr S Hayward, Dr J P Sadler, Dr C Pfrang
Application Deadline: 21 January 2019
Forest/woodland systems are major source of biodiversity globally and also play a crucial role in carbon capture/mitigating against rising CO2 levels.
  Epigenetics, embryogenesis and plasticity in insects.
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Dr E.J.. Duncan, Dr A.D. Peel
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019
All animals respond to their environment but some are able generate morphologically and behaviourally distinct individuals from the same genome in response to an environmental cue, a phenomenon known as phenotypic plasticity.
  Investigating the developmental genetic mechanisms controlling the timing of body segmentation in insects.
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Dr A.D. Peel, Dr E.J.. Duncan, Prof I A Hope
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019
The arthropods (flies, beetles, spiders etc.) have obvious externally visible repeating body units, while vertebrates exhibit internal segmentation in the form of vertebrae, ribs and associated muscle.
  Evolution of Mimicry | Genetic, Morphological, and Functional Origins of Leaf Mimicry in Singing Insects
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr N Bailey, Dr F Montealegre-Zapata
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019
Mimicry is a remarkable Darwinian adaptation, and bush crickets whose wings resemble plant leaves are among the most spectacular examples in the natural world (Figure 1A).
  How does climate influence insect responses to pesticides? – A key question for food security
  Dr S Hayward, Dr N J Hodges, Dr L Orsini
Application Deadline: 6 January 2019
Background. As poikilotherms the body temperature of insects is directly determined by environmental conditions. Thus, microclimate temperature profiles, which are often highly variable, will dictate rates of metabolic activity and development as well as behaviour.
  NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership - The effect of extreme climatic change on insect-plant interactions during the Jurassic
  Dr B Caswell
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019
The increases in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 (pCO2), that are associated with climate change, cause decreases in the nutritional value of plants to the herbivorous insects that feed upon them.
  SCENARIO: The impacts of long-term declines in insect abundance on ecosystem function
  Mr D Roy, Prof T Oliver, Prof J Thomas, Dr T Johns
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019
The plight of insects has generated worldwide attention from the scientific community and wider public. Recent interest was stimulated by a 27 year study(1) suggesting a loss of 75% in the biomass of flying insects from Protected Areas in Germany, quickly labelled as ‘ecological Armageddon’.
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