About the Project
The project will focus on Sulawesi, Indonesia, which has been well-studied ever since Alfred Russel Wallace visited in the 19th century. Approximately 40% of butterflies are endemic, and the project will use museum specimens, along with climate and land-cover information to: (1) quantify patterns of range shift over time and project future distributions; (2) determine changes in species richness, and whether changes are greatest where climate changes most; and (3) examine changes in body size and wing morphology over time.
Rapid climate change together with rainforest loss makes it vital to understand effects on tropical biodiversity. The project will suit someone interested in tropical ecology and will involve digitising museum specimens and using novel modelling and analytical methods to examine range shifting. There will be opportunities for field work and the student will be part of a friendly and collaborative research group within the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity.
The ACCE DTP is committed to recruiting future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and we have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.
Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
Research support and training charges (RSTC)
International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.
Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.
START DATE: 1st October 2021
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