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Ecology & Conservation (complex systems) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 29 Ecology & Conservation (complex systems) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Applying agent-based models to predict social-ecological dynamics in mangrove systems
  Dr A Duthie, Dr N Bunnefeld, Dr H Burdett
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Conserving biodiversity and maintaining the sustainable use of limited natural resources is a defining challenge of the 21st century.
  Integrated mathematical modelling and experimental research into interactions between microorganisms
  Dr J U Kreft
Applications accepted all year round

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Our group aims to combine theoretical & experimental approaches to understand major problems in the ecology and evolution of microbes.
  Sustainable food systems: can polycultural systems increase both productivity (energy-nutrients-income) & biodiversity?
  Dr A Gathorne-Hardy, Dr B Smith
Application Deadline: 9 January 2020

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Summary. This multidisciplinary PhD will explore if complex, intercropped, food production systems can increase both biodiversity & productivity compared to both conventional-intensive & conventional-organic systems.
  River ecosystem responses to glacier loss
  Prof L Brown, Dr D Quincey
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Climate change poses a considerable threat to the biodiversity of high altitude ecosystems, with Arctic alpine regions across the world already beginning to show clear responses to warming (Milner et al., 2017).
  Holocene reconstruction of terrestrial habitats and dispersal pathways in the Antarctic Peninsula and sub-Antarctic Islands
  Dr S Nogue-Bosch, Prof Peter Convey, Prof ME Edwards, Dr D.A. Hodgson
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. Terrestrial environments of the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic present extreme challenges for life.
  *EASTBIO* Adaptation in Exploratory Processes
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof K N Laland, Prof G Ruxton
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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BBSRC Thematic Group. Frontier Bioscience. Organisms often respond to new challenges through ‘exploratory mechanisms’ (Gerhart & Kirschner, 1997), which are complex developmental systems that operate by generating variation (i.e.
  EASTBIO: Is mob grazing beneficial for soil health and the environment?
  Dr J Cloy, Prof L Baggs
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Alternative grassland management practices could improve productivity and help mitigate climate change.
  A spatially explicit evaluation of mountain hare-related conservation conflicts in the Cairngorms
  Research Group: Applied Ecology Research Group (AERG)
  Dr H Wheeler
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.
  QUADRAT DTP: Unravelling the freshwater microbial phosphorus cycle
  Prof J Mcgrath, Dr C Gubry-Rangin, Dr J Chin, Dr B Spears
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Eutrophication of freshwater environments via anthropogenic phosphorus (P) input is one of the most serious global water management issues.
  Tracking carbon and nitrogen fixing organisms in the oceanic microbiome
  Dr T Bibby, Dr P Lam, Prof W Huang
Application Deadline: 3 January 2020

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Project Rationale. Complex marine microbial communities catalyze global cycling of carbon and nitrogen that regulate the Earth’s climate.
  EASTBIO: Understanding flows of biodiversity and ecosystem services between agriculture and natural forest.
  Prof D Burslem, Dr T Freitag, Dr C Gubry-Rangin, Prof J Travis
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Professor David Burslem (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs/people/profiles/d.burslem. Dr Thomas Freitag (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen).
  (BBSRC DTP) Using mathematical models to understand the role of the respiratory microbiome in asthma
  Research Group: Molecular Environmental Sciences
  Dr T Gilman, Dr M Muldoon, Prof N Papadopoulos, Prof D Robertson
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Most of the cells in the human body are not human. There are rich microbial communities (i.e., microbiota) in our digestive tracts, our respiratory tracts, and on our skin.
  EASTBIO: Reconciling food security and biodiversity conservation: an integrative modelling approach.
  Prof J Travis, Dr P Alexander, Prof D Burslem
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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Supervisors. Professor Justin Travis (University of Aberdeen). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sbs/people/profiles/justin.travis. Dr Peter Alexander (University of Edinburgh).
  Modelling Gas Turbine Blade Degradation in a High Fidelity Digital Twin
  Dr J Sumner, Dr N Simms
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Sponsored by EPSRC and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees* for four years.
  Young people bringing nature to their communities (ref: RDF20/SWECW/HENDERSON)
  Dr E Henderson
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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In the UK, young people’s mental health is suffering due to a complex range of factors, with inequalities, poor predicted life outcomes and unfit health and social care systems being amongst the most prominent.
  Tree microbiomes in a changing climate
  Dr G Kettles
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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Plant pathogens pose major challenges to the production of crops and in the resilience of our trees and forests. How we protect plants from their most damaging pathogens is therefore vital to a future of sustainable agriculture within a healthy ecosystem.
  Pollution of freshwaters with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a health perspective
  Dr P Beltran-Alvarez
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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A range of pharmaceuticals including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) have routinely been measured in waterways, such as rivers and estuaries, in the ng/L range (e.g.
  Detecting the effect of climate change on animals: how mathematics can help optimise data-gathering efforts
  Dr J Potts, Dr S Patrick
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Are you a mathematics/statistics graduate, or finalist, with an interest in animal conservation and a desire to use your knowledge to help understand and mitigate against climate change?.
  *EASTBIO* Impact of the microbiome on development and health
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr I Somorjai
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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BBSRC Thematic Group. Frontier Bioscience. The gut microbiota - the complex community of bacteria, viruses and archaea with which we live - has an important impact on health, disease progression, lifespan and behaviour (Glendinning and Free 2014).
  Unravelling the global microbiome of crop plants to improve sustainability and food security
  Prof G Bending, Dr C Quince
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Plants live in close association with complex communities of microbes which together constitute their ‘microbiome’. The microbiome interacts with the plant in numerous ways; some microbes are beneficial and promote plant growth, while others are pathogens which reduce crop yields.
  QUADRAT DTP: Environmental change and the epidemiology of a multi-host pathogen: Leptospira in Africa
  Dr M Moseley, Prof E Morgan
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Multi-host pathogens include some the most important pathogens of livestock and humans. These pathogens are maintained in complex ecological reservoirs that are comprised of epidemiologically connected animal host populations and environments (Viana et al., 2014).
  QUADRAT DTP CASE: The role of biodiversity in mitigating parasite impacts in farmed landscapes
  Prof M Emmerson, Prof J Travis, Dr A Aubry
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Biodiversity provides a range of benefits for the functioning of ecosystems, but it also helps to limit the spread of disease. This occurs because congeneric species in a community can compete with vectors of disease limiting the abundance of the vector and hence the overall prevalence of the disease.
  QUADRAT DTP: Genomics approaches to explore the secrets of remarkable plants: Soil/root microbiome interaction and edaphic stress adaptation
  Dr C Meharg, Dr G Norton, Prof A Meharg
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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Background. The wild grasses Holcus lanatus, Agrostis capillaris and Deschampsia cespitosa are characterised by their extensive environmental range and resilience to environmental stress.
  How does serotonin affect sexual behaviour in fish?
  Dr D Joyce
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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There is a possible role for serotonin in the sand-castle building behaviour of cichlid fishes, behaviour carried out by males to attract females.
  The role of serotonin in crayfish anti-predatory behaviour and dominance
  Dr T Breithaupt
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Serotonin is involved in anxiety-like behaviour as well as in dominance fights in crayfish. Anxiety-like behaviour can be elicited by a stressful experience such as exposure to chemical predation cues or intraspecific fight experience.
  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).
  Circadian rhythms in plant-microbe interactions
  Prof G Bending, Dr I A Carré
Application Deadline: 12 January 2020

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Plants live in close association with complex communities of microbes which together constitute their ‘microbiome’. The microbiome interacts with the plant in numerous ways; some microbes are beneficial and promote plant growth, while others are pathogens which reduce crop yields.
  Smelly sediment dwellers – identifying microbial populations driving DMSO reduction in anoxic sediments
  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
  Dr H Schaefer, Dr K Purdy, Dr Y Chen
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Project Highlights. Identify uncharacterised microbes driving anaerobic organic matter degradation. Master a wide range of cutting-edge environmental microbiology techniques.
  Ecological and evolutionary interactions in insect symbiont communities
  Dr J Ferrari
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Most organisms host bacterial symbionts, which can substantially affect the biology of their hosts. For example, they can alter the host’s nutrition, reproduction, immunity and protect the host from environmental stresses.
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