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  Declining Male Fertility: Investigations of plausible environmental risk factors in the Racehorse Breeding Stallion
  Dr R Sumner
Application Deadline: 7 June 2019

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The aim of this studentship is to assess the fertility potential of breeding stallions and explore a possible environmental aetiology.
  Use of random regression for optimum modelling of growth curves for body weight in UK beef cattle and sheep and estimation of Genotype x Environment interactions
  Dr R Mrode
Application Deadline: 20 June 2019

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Currently multivariate systems are utilized for the computation of breeding values in the UK national Beef and Sheep herds but these models are inadequate in modelling the growth curves of animals.
  Genomic basis of extra-group paternity in the cooperatively breeding Seychelles warbler
  Dr H L Dugdale
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Indirect genetic benefits are hypothesised to drive the evolution of extra-group paternity (EGP), yet its genomic basis is unknown.
  BBSRC iCase Project: Enhancing Barley Environmental Stress Tolerance Through Targeted Mutagenesis
  Dr G Mendiondo, Dr D Cook
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Global warming and the predicted impact on seasonal rainfall variation suggest that we may see both drier and wetter growing seasons in the future.
  Elucidating infection at the plant-microbe interphase on a cellular, molecular and structural level to improve crop resistance and support food security
  Dr C Voigt
Applications accepted all year round

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Achieving food security is one of the most important global challenges. Crop production and yield has been increasingly threatened by plant pathogens in a rapidly changing environment.
  Testing the trade-off between somatic maintenance and reproductive investment as driver of ageing with long-lived predator owls facing variable environmental conditions.
  Prof X Lambin
Applications accepted all year round

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How many offspring to produce, how often to reproduce and over how many years are key life history traits that describe the rate of living of organisms [1].
  Winter activity in the buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris): how is diapause controlled in a commercially important pollinator?
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr T Ings, Dr P Celis
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG). https://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/applied-ecology.
  Lead isotope ratio measurements in microcosms and avian samples as indicators for the source of lead poisoning in wildfowl
  Dr J Barker, Dr S Barton
Applications accepted all year round

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Lead (Pb) poisoning is commonly linked amongst anthropogenically-caused deaths in waterfowl and this is often associated with hunting and fishing activities.
  Role of Auxin in Phytophthora Root Rot Disease Development in Soft Fruit
  Dr E Gilroy, Dr C Simpson, Prof M Grant
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Brief Introduction. Phytophthora species that infect soft fruit are currently poorly understood and understudied pathogens. They cause significant economic and environmental impact on soft fruit production in the UK.
  Behavioural ecology, disease biology and immuno-ecology in Malagasy shorebirds
  Prof O Kruger, Prof T Szekely
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Mating systems and parental behaviour are among the most diverse social behaviours, and recent research suggests that the social environment influences these behaviours.
  The scent of Madagascar plovers: communication or concealment?
  Dr B Caspers, Prof T Szekely
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Mating systems and parental behaviour are among the most diverse social behaviours, and recent research suggests that the social environment influences these behaviours.
  Statistical and Molecular Genetics of Complex Traits
  Prof Z Luo
Applications accepted all year round

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Most characters of any living organism are polygenically controlled and environmentally modified, including those threatening human health and those important in breeding for high yield, better quality and improved adaption of animals, plants and microbes.
  Statistical genetics and genomics of complex traits
  Dr L Leach, Prof Z Luo
Applications accepted all year round

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A highly motivated student is sought to train as a statistical geneticist working on the dissection of complex trait phenotypes in human, plant and animal populations into their underlying genetic components.
  Impact of maternal intermittent fasting on the development of metabolic disease in the offspring
  Dr N Ashton, Dr J Glazier
Applications accepted all year round

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Pregnant Muslim women are exempt from the daily fast during the month of Ramadan; however many choose participate, wanting to share this experience with their families.
  Understanding hypoxia tolerance mechanisms for rice improvement
  Dr F Theodoulou, Dr D Wells
Applications accepted all year round

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We have an exciting new opportunity to help develop novel rice varieties to feed the world. Rice is the staple food for half of the world’s population, however there is a pressing need to develop rice varieties with improved germination and seedling establishment under anaerobic conditions.
  British mosquito ecology: investigating the role of ecological traits, invasion status, and environmental factors in determining the distribution and seasonality of insect vectors in the UK
  Prof A Callaghan
Applications accepted all year round

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Mosquito-borne diseases cause substantial mortality and morbidity worldwide and are changing in distribution and impact due to globalisation and environmental change.
  PhD in agricultural biology - forecasting management and economics of climate change
  Prof R Freckleton
Applications accepted all year round

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The world faces a major challenge to ensure the security of food supplies in the face of threats resulting from climate change, growing population and the development of resistance to pesticides.
  PhD in Plants and Microbes: crop production and protection, the interaction between plants and other plants, pests and pathogens, and soils, and the interactions of ecosystems with global change
  Dr D Childs
Applications accepted all year round

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Plants underpin life on Earth. In Sheffield, world leading plant research is undertaken across all scales from the molecular level through to the leaf and root, whole plant and ecosystem.
  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.
  Responsible Investor Engagement on Extinction Prevention
  Research Group: Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC)
  Prof J Atkins
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Our world is currently experiencing a sixth period of mass species extinction. Current extinction rates are estimated somewhere between a thousand and ten thousand times higher than the ‘natural’ level of extinction.
  Modelling population dynamics from detection survey data
  Research Group: Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  Prof L Thomas, Dr R Glennie
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Ecologists collect data on wild animal populations by a variety of survey methods and infer from these how the population changes over time through recruitment, survival, and movement processes.
  Oestrogen metabolism and metabolomics in pulmonary hypertension
  Prof M MacLean, Dr N Rattray
Application Deadline: 10 June 2019

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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a disease that affects more women than men. The project will examine blood levels of oestrogen and its metabolites in PAH patients as well as conducting metabolomics screens, in vivo, in vitro and functional assays.
  Fast modeling and computing for heterogeneously high-throughput data association
  Dr S Zhu
Applications accepted all year round

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The sheer size and scope, as well as heterogeneity in big data sets pose many challenges in all aspects, and bring great fundamental problems and promising interdisciplinary research opportunities.
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