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  GW4 FRESH CDT studentship: Long-term environmental influences on the ecology and conservation of river birds
  Prof S Ormerod, Dr I Vaughan
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Covering less than 1% of Earth’s surface, freshwater ecosystems host around 10% of the Earth’s species and a third of all vertebrates.
  Phenology shifts, gut microbiomes, andfitness consequences in wild birds
  Dr J Schroeder, Dr C Banks-Leite
Application Deadline: 12 December 2019

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This project combines field work with wild birds, some aviary work with the consequences of spring warming. You will learn to handle small animals, conduct quantitative data analyses and (to a limited extend) analyse laboratory data.
  Flocking dynamics in birds : the role of personality and experience
  Dr S Portugal
Applications accepted all year round

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Many birds travel in flocks comprising many individuals. During flights, decisions have to be made about who leads and follows, and who is positioned where in the flock.
  *EASTBIO* Building for a changing world: how do breeding birds respond to temperature variation?
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof S Healy, Prof S Meddle
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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BBSRC Thematic Group. Frontier Bioscience. It may seem obvious that a bird’s nest plays an important role in reproduction. For example, the eggs or young in a nest that is exposed to predators, in a nest that gets too wet or too cold or is too loosely attached to a branch are unlikely to survive.
  EASTBIO Time to hatch and feed: Neuroendocrine mechanisms underpinning appetite in birds
  Prof S Meddle, Prof G Leng
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies / The Roslin Institute. Aim. This fascinating PhD project will investigate the crucial time in every bird’s life.
  EASTBIO Functional studies of T cell-mediated immunity in birds
  Dr AB Balic, Prof J Kaufman
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies / The Roslin Institute. T cell-mediated immunity in birds, as in mammals, requires antigen uptake and presentation via antigen-presenting cells (APCs) suggesting that modulation of APC function is a rational target for optimising vaccine efficiency in birds.
  Winners and Losers: Understanding the impacts of urbanisation on a well-known garden bird, the Blue Tit
  Dr A Welch
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Urbanisation has transformed habitats across much of the world, leading to altered local environmental conditions, increased pollution, changes in community composition, and altered food availability.
  Climate impacts on terrestrial nomadic and resident birds of the Australian interior
  Dr S G Willis
Application Deadline: 10 December 2019

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Background. Australia experienced during 2010 and 2011 rainfall of a scale and intensity that was unprecedented in recorded history, driven by the strongest La Niňa weather pattern since 1917.
  Simulating the global avian soundscape now and into the future
  Dr S G Willis
Application Deadline: 10 December 2019

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Background. Despite a relatively good knowledge of the distribution of the world’s birds, our understanding of their population sizes across areas is, at best, fragmentary, and often completely lacking.
  The evolution of functional disparity in the avian skull
  Dr J Bright
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Birds represent one of the most spectacular adaptive radiations in earth’s history, with over 10,000 extant species spanning a range of ecologies and environments.
  Managing the Impact of Recovering Mobile Predators on Endangered Birds Through Prey Switching: A Field Experiment in a Habitat Restoration Landscape in the Cairngorms
  Prof X Lambin, Dr A Payo-Payo, Dr C Sutherland, Mr K Kortland
Application Deadline: 17 January 2020

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The restoration of ecosystems is being implemented in large areas in Scotland with the goal of reinstating lost biodiversity and ecosystem functions.
  Integrating climate and species modelling to predict movements of migratory and nomadic birds in sub-Saharan Africa
  Dr M Dallimer, Prof A Challinor, Dr A Koehler
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Nomadic and migratory bird species are common and widespread in semi-arid regions of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa.
  Social behaviour and population biology in birds
  Prof B J Hatchwell
Applications accepted all year round

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Life on earth is fundamentally dependent on cooperative interactions among biological units. These social interactions may take the form of cooperation among genes or cells within organisms, between individuals within cooperative societies, or, in human societies, cooperation at an international or global scale.
  Are we stealing food from the birds? Developing the evidence base to develop targets for ecologically sustainable fisheries
  Dr T Webb, Dr F Daunt, Dr C Lynam
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Seabirds play a crucial role in marine food webs, but globally they have declined in recent decades with 28% of species now threatened with extinction.
  Trophic cascades resulting from the re-introduction of island birds
  Dr K C Burns
Applications accepted all year round

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Approximately half of the avifauna of New Zealand has been driven to extinction following the arrival of humans. Most of what remains is restricted to predator-free offshore islands.
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