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  Quantifying the relative importance of extrinsic and intrinsic drivers of individual behaviour and habitat use of hefted sheep on a biodiverse but fragile upland ecosystem
  Dr S D Twiss, Dr R Baxter
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The unenclosed upland areas of the UK are internationally important for wildlife and of high nature conservation value. However, these fragile habitats are subject to various threats including the impacts of climate change, atmospheric pollution deposition, acid rain and grazing pressures.
  EASTBIO: Live fast, die young: testing the mechanisms linking risk-taking behaviour to the rate of ageing in a wild bird.
  Dr P Bize, Prof K Spencer
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Dr Pierre Bize (University of Aberdeen). http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs/people/profiles/pierre.bize. Professor Karen Spencer (University of St.
  EASTBIO Aging and social behaviour
  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
  Dr P Smiseth, Dr J Moorad
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Aging is associated with a gradual deterioration of health and function in humans, other animals, and plants. Most current research focuses on how aging affects those individuals who do the aging.
  Reprogramming stomatal behaviour to reduce water use in crops
  Prof L Sweetlove, Prof R G Ratcliffe
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Future food security will depend on developing crop plants that are as efficient as possible in their utilisation of finite resources such as water.
  Behavioural Mechanisms Driving Collective Smothering in Hens
  Dr D Franks, Dr EJH Robinson
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Understanding the qualities of captive environments that cause abnormal behaviour has been a major topic in animal welfare. However, smothering - a type of abnormal behaviour in hens - has received little study to date.
  The cost of being well-defended: How leaf herbivores make flowers stink and what plants can do about it
  Dr S Campbell
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Plants use a diverse array of traits to repel or kill pests and pathogens. Following attack, a sophisticated hormonal signaling system regulates the production of defensive metabolites, allowing plants to fine-tune their responses to specific enemies and environments.
  The impact of deforestation on an obligate ant/plant farming symbiosis
  Dr G Chomicki
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join this exciting project on the macroevolution of mutualisms. Students with background including computer science, applied mathematics and environmental science are encouraged to apply in addition to those from pure biological sciences.
  Deriving social networks in cattle and their relation to health and sustainability
  Prof A Dowsey
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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The project. A growing population and climate change are stressing the availability of food worldwide. At the same time, high animal welfare and health practice is more important than ever to satisfy societal demands for the livestock sector.
  EASTBIO Pre-natal soundscapes: understanding the functional significance of embryonic responses to external sounds
  Prof K Spencer, Prof S Meddle
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Pre-natal soundscapes. understanding the functional significance of embryonic responses to external sounds. The avian egg represents a feat of evolutionary engineering, providing all the components required for embryonic growth in a self-contained package.
  Novel Approaches to Engaging Land Managers in Monitoring the Impact of Agri-Environment-Climate Schemes
  Dr K Prager, Prof S Redpath
Applications accepted all year round

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Agri-environment-climate schemes (AECS) are a voluntary policy mechanism to incentivise and compensate farmers for undertaking environmental measures as part of their land management.
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