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DTC BIO 3 - Reptile Radiations: Investigating the Diversification Dynamics of a Diverse Animal Group

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  • Full or part time
    Dr K Arbuckle
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Reptiles represent a large animal group with over 10,000 species and a wide diversity of biological traits, including examples of model systems for evolutionary radiation and convergence (anole lizards), body size (monitor lizards), body shape (limblessness), and a range of other biologically interesting attributes. Nevertheless, the speciation and extinction dynamics are poorly understood for most reptile lineages, including some of the aforementioned classic case studies in evolution. This project therefore aims to investigate the diversification dynamics of reptiles using phylogenetic comparative methods, with an aim to reveal what factors have been important in generating the diversity we see today, and to gain a better understanding of the broader drivers of diversification patterns in the evolution of animals.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or an appropriate Master’s degree (with Merit). Informal enquiries are welcome by emailing the project supervisor.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

How to apply

Visit our webpage for details - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/science/research/dtc/biosciences-projects-2018-19/

Please include the project ID and title in your email subject header (eg. DTC BIO xxxxxx)

Funding Notes

Student Finance England have announced plans to offer student loans for PhD level courses from September 2018 for courses at any PhD awarding university (including Swansea University). Full details are still to be confirmed. Visit our website for updated information. – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/pg-loans/

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