About the Project
In this multidisciplinary project we will use range of techniques (tropical fieldwork in Ecuador and/or Colombia, high-throughput sequencing, gene expression analysis and bioinformatics) to understand the genetic basis of mimicry in an important group of ithomiine butterflies. Training in these skills will be provided through the supervisory team in York and Sheffield, together with Project Partners in in France (Dr Marianne Elias, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris), Ecuador (Dr Caroline Bacquet, IKIAM, Tena) and Colombia (Dr Camilo Salazar, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota).
This PhD project will run alongside our NERC funded project titled "The genetic basis of convergence across evolutionary time" (http://gotw.nerc.ac.uk/list_full.asp?pcode=NE%2FT008121%2F1)
Morris J, Navarro N, Rastas P, Rawlins L, Sammy J, Mallet J, Dasmahapatra KK (2019) The genetic architecture of adaptation: convergence and pleiotropy in Heliconius wing pattern evolution. Heredity. 123:138-152.
Dasmahapatra KK et al. (2012) Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 487: 94-98.
Dasmahapatra KK, Lamas G, Simpson F, Mallet J (2010) The anatomy of a ’suture zone’ in Amazonian butterflies: a coalescent-based test for vicariant geographic divergence and speciation. Molecular Ecology 19: 4283-4301.
The ACCE DTP in Ecology and Evolution is committed to recruiting extraordinary 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 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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