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Developing and applying new approaches to understand the dynamics of populations and communities

   School of Biosciences

About the Project

We invite applications for a PhD in population ecology and demographic modelling. Our research tackles problems at both the pure and applied ends of the spectrum. A core question that runs through much of this re-search is: How do climate variation and individual differences shape population dynamics and natural selection? Current questions that interest us include: [1] What influences our ability to forecast population dynamics and extinction processes? [2] How do stochastic processes influence community structure and persistence? [3] Which factors determine variation in the dynamics of populations at the landscape scale? [4] How can we use rapid survey methodology (e.g. passive bioacoustics) to improve population monitoring? Students in our lab are trained in state-of-the-art statistical analysis and population modelling methods. We work on a range of plant and animal systems, and PhD projects can be undertaken in any area of theoretical or empirical population biology. We also support students interested in applied research areas (e.g. developing monitoring strategies for parrot populations). Students wishing to establish new field studies in their home country are encouraged to contact us to discuss their ideas before applying.

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Funding Notes

This position is for self funded or externally funded students only.

First class or upper second 2(i) in a relevant subject. To formally apply for a PhD, you must complete the University's application form using the following link: View Website

All applicants should ensure that both references are uploaded onto their application as a decision will be unable to be made without this information.

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