The macroevolutionary diversification and elaboration of antlers in deer
Dr J Drury, Dr S Street
11 January 2019
The antlers of members of the deer family have long captivated naturalists around the world. Among evolutionary biologists, antlers have become a textbook example of what is known as positive allometry—a relationship where larger individuals have disproportionately large antlers.
SCENARIO: Climate and Speciation in the Mediterranean biome
Dr A Culham, Dr J David, Dr JS Singarayer, Dr C Yesson
25 January 2019
The Mediterranean basin is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots yet patterns of distribution and diversification of species that are key to maintaining this biodiversity are still poorly understood.
Sensory adaptations to convergent micro-habitats - NERC GW4+ DTP
Dr S Montgomery, Prof N W Roberts
7 January 2019
How do animals tune in to the most relevant information in their environment? Microhabitat partitioning between mimicry rings in Neotropical butterflies provides a case study in adaptation to different sensory environments.
*NERC E4* Ecological genomics of the British Flora
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
Dr A Twyford, Prof P Hollingsworth
10 January 2019
Interested individuals must follow the "how to apply" link on the Geosciences E4 Doctoral Training Partnership web page. http://www.ed.ac.uk/e4-dtp/how-to-apply.
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
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’.