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EASTBIO The effects of stressful environments on ageing in burying beetles

  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
Senescence is associated with a gradual deterioration of health and function in humans, other animals, and plants. Ageing can be environmentally plastic, and various evolutionary and physiological arguments have been made to suggest that environments that are more harsh should cause faster rates of ageing. Read more

The genomics of rapid adaptation in plants

*** Fully funded 3.5 year PhD position ***. Life on Earth is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of climate change. Understanding how organisms rapidly adapt to their environment is essential in not only reducing the number of species that will go extinct, but also in safeguarding future food production. Read more

EASTBIO Machine Learning methods for Experimental Evolution studies

  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
BACKGROUND. Evolutionary biologists have long been interested in the question how populations adapt to changing environments. In experimental evolution studies replicate populations are allowed to adapt to novel but controlled laboratory environments. Read more

EASTBIO Predicting the next pandemic: drivers of the emergence of RNA viruses

  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
Our groups have been at the forefront of the global effort to identify future pandemic threats for many years and we introduced the concept of ‘Disease X’ to focus that discussion. Read more

EASTBIO Do fish cooperate to inspect predators?

  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
BACKGROUND. Cooperation is a fundamental process of life, ranging from bacterial interactions to human nations. Cooperation can take various forms, including foraging, reproduction and defence. Read more

EASTBIO How does the reproductive mode and population history affect the fitness of an introduced plant species?

  Research Group: Institute of Evolutionary Biology
Species that uniparentially reproduce to some degree (either through self-fertilisation or clonal reproduction) are more likely to establish themselves in remote areas, including islands. Read more

EASTBIO Understanding the peat microbiome and metabolome: from vegetation to organic matter molecules and microbes

Peatlands are organic matter rich soils that provide countless benefits and ecological services. They represent the largest terrestrial carbon store, containing twice as much carbon as the entire forest biomass on this planet. Read more

Emerging technologies to inform conservation management of pinnipeds

  Research Group: Scottish Oceans Institute
Seals alternate between time onshore and time at sea foraging. Therefore, their spatial overlap with human activities can be high compared with most marine species and has led to concerns about impacts on seal populations (Thompson et al. Read more

Emergent constraints on Earths future climate

Project Background . The general circulation models (GCMs) used to make projections of future climate change are vitally important to inform climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, but are also invaluable tools for testing hypotheses about the functioning of the Earth System. Read more

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