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  NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Adaptations of Antarctic penguins in a rapidly changing environment
  Dr J Younger
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP).
  NERC GW4+ DTP PhD studentship: Evolution of social genes across landscapes
  Prof J Wolf
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP).
  Valuing ecosystem services provided by UK bats under climate change. PhD in Biosciences (NERC GW4 + DTP)
  Dr O Razgour
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Dr Orly Razgour, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. Additional Supervisors.
  NERC GW4+ DTP Projects 2020: (Dynamic Earth, Living World, Changing Planet) Microbial life and carbon cycling in glaciers environments
  Dr P Sanchez-Baracaldo, Prof J L Wadham
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Probing novel pathways of carbon cycling in glaciers using metageomics. Carbon is essential for life and forms the building blocks of all organic compounds.
  A network approach to understanding the spread of antibiotic resistance. PhD in Biosciences (GW4 BioMed MRC DTP)
  Prof A Buckling
Application Deadline: 25 November 2019

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Supervisory team. Professor Angus Buckling, Department of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter.
  Variability and permanence of functional traits to determine environmental tipping points
  Dr K Wollenberg Valero
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Species diversity has a disproportionate influence on ecosystem functioning and stability and as such, resilience to extinction events.
  Distribution modelling and the management and conservation of European ectomycorrhizal communities
  Dr M Bidartondo, Dr C D L Orme
Application Deadline: 23 November 2019

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In this project, the student will develop cutting-edge distributional models of dominant ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal species across Europe and establish vital practice and policy recommendations for the monitoring, management and conservation of these ecologically critical organisms.
  GW4 FRESH CDT PhD Studentship: Assessing the microbial contamination of freshwater systems by wastewater treatment plants using phage microbial source tracking
  Dr A Lanham
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (GW4 FRESH CDT) which is offering up to 14 studentships to start in September 2020.
  Analysis of pathogen determinants recognized by the hypervariable immune receptor Dscam
  Dr M Soller
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. To mount an immune response, host organisms must first recognize the pathogen with which they are infected. The first line of defense against pathogen infection in animals is provided through the innate immune response.
  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.
  Understanding the role that the RNA helicase UPF1 plays in sorting ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes and the mechanism by which this role of UPF1 might reduce cellular stress and cell degeneration.
  Research Group: BBSRC MIBTP
  Dr S Brogna
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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This project’s specific objective is to study the molecular role(s) that the RNA helicase UPF1 plays in RNA processing. UPF1 is a key player in nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD), it is universally conserved in eukaryotes and is essential to the development of many organisms [1].
  Understanding and exploiting stoichiogenomics to harness reactive nitrogen in sustainable food production systems
  Dr M Doherty, Dr Katherine Duncan
Application Deadline: 13 December 2019

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Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world, however global aquaculture needs to double in size over the next decade to keep pace with the ever-rising demand for quality protein.
  The ageing bee: how does sociality affect ageing in social animals? (BOURKEUBIO20ARIES)
  Prof A Bourke, Dr A Maklakov, Prof T Chapman
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Explaining patterns of ageing in organisms is essential for both our scientific understanding of the diversity of life histories and our ability to manipulate them in beneficial ways.
  A new approach to modelling the impacts of climate change on avian biodiversity (WARRENUENV20ARIES)
  Prof R Warren, Dr J Price, Dr J Pearce-Higgins
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Climate change is affecting biodiversity. Species distributions are changing and spring is advancing. In the future, risks are projected to be much greater.
  Carbon Capture for Soil Ecosystem Service Enhancement (REIDUENV20ARIES)
  Dr B Reid, Dr A Harwood
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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BACKGROUND. Over the last century, agriculture has caused soil erosion and the loss of soil organic carbon on an enormous scale.
  How can we achieve biodiversity net gain? (BONDUENV20ARIES)
  Dr A Bond, Dr A Franco
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. We live in an era characterised by the global impact of humans on the planet. The biodiversity consequences are well known and it is critical to devise strategies to prevent further biodiversity loss and to maximise the delivery of ecosystem services.
  Systems off-balance? Exploring the cumulative impacts of enriched coastal waters, altered nutrient ratios and a warming climate on coastal phytoplankton communities (MALINUENV20ARIES)
  Dr G Malin, Dr N Greenwood, Dr M Devlin
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Coastal eutrophication is a worldwide issue with negative cultural and environmental impacts and its assessment is a formal requirement of several European Directives.
  Climates of the Caribbean: What are the drivers and impacts of ocean and climate variability for Caribbean Islands? (STEVENSUMTH20ARIES)
  Prof D Stevens, Dr S Dye, Dr J Graham, Dr J Pinnegar
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. The Caribbean Small Island Developing States face a variety of impacts from climate variability and climate change.
  Effects of dispersants on mitigating environmental impacts of marine oil pollution: insights from microbiological, chemical and field investigations.
  Dr B McKew, Dr R Holland, Dr T J McGenity
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Scientific background. Oil spills are one of the most challenging threats to the marine environment that can have long-. term impacts on fisheries, the economy and society.
  Fate, transformation and effect of microplastics on microbial communities in the environment
  Dr C Whitby, Dr P Laissue, Dr A G Mayes, Prof R Thompson
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Scientific background. Microplastics enter ecosystems, where they affect microorganisms and their processes. Microbial-driven ammonia-oxidation is fundamental to the environmental cycling of nitrogen (N) and ammonia-oxidisers are highly sensitive to environmental perturbations.
  The changing nature of Antarctic food webs
  Dr E O'Gorman, Dr S Hill, Dr M Taylor, Dr P Hollyman
Application Deadline: 7 January 2020

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Scientific background. Marine ecosystems around Antarctica are characterised by high numbers of penguins, seals, whales, and their common prey, krill.
  How do genomes respond to sexual system transitions?
  Dr A Gomez
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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How genomes respond to conflicting evolutionary forces is a crucial and challenging question in evolutionary biology. This challenge can now be tackled given the huge improvements in genome sequencing technologies and computing power, allowing the analysis of multiple complete genomes.
  Sociobiology on the fly; understanding social interactions in multispecies groups
  Research Group: School of Biology
  Dr A Bretman, Dr X Harrison
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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The effects of social environments on individuals are widespread, even in species not classically thought of as social (Bailey and Moore 2018).
  The mysterious microbial ecosystem beneath our feet: Unravelling the groundwater microbiology archive
  Mr J Sorensen
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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This FRESH CDT project aims to provide the first overview of the UK’s groundwater microbial ecosystem. Groundwater constitutes 99% of all accessible freshwater on the planet and is a vital resource for public water supply in the UK.
  GW4 FRESH CDT studentship: The mysterious microbial ecosystem beneath our feet: Unravelling the groundwater microbiology archive
  Prof A J Weightman
Application Deadline: 16 December 2019

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Groundwater constitutes 99% of all accessible freshwater on the planet and is a vital resource for public water supply in the UK.
  ArcticBuzz: bumblebee community responses to climate change in Lapland
  Dr R Gill
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Insect pollinator declines are of global concern and understanding the factors driving this trend is a research priority. Yet to date, we still have limited knowledge of how climate change can affect insect pollinator populations.
  Divide and conquer strategies for population genomics
  Prof M Beaumont
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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DNA sequences contain a wealth of information about the history of a population. Typical genomes contain about 3 X 109bases, of which around 107arevariable in typical samples,reflecting 10 million mutations in the ancestry of the sample.
  Engineering de novo microscopic ecologies to monitor and dissect disease spread
  Dr T Gorochowski, Dr S English
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Understanding what regulates the spread of diseases in space and time is critical if we are to combat them effectively.
  Evolutionary genomic analysis of rodent immune genes
  Prof S Paterson, Prof M Viney
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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You will investigate how immune systems evolve. Immune systems are highly sophisticated networks encoded by hundreds of genes. One way to understand how these networks function is to compare them between related species, to see which genes are common between them and which are unique.
  Genomic architecture of inbreeding depression in butterflies
  Dr I J Saccheri, Dr V Oostra
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Small and fragmented populations often suffer from reduced fitness due to inbreeding depression, which may impact population growth and persistence.
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