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Exploring evolutionary change through genomic sequencing of museum specimens


   School of Biosciences


About the Project

Next-generation sequencing has made it possible to sequence the genomes of museum specimens dating back several hundred years. In this project you will generate genomic data from museum specimens of birds, principally great tits. You will then use these data to explore how bird genomes have evolved in the last few hundred years, a period where climate change has been rapid. You will use the data to detected signatures of selection, and to evaluate whether breeding values for quantitative genetic traits have shown a response to selection. This project is ideally suited to somebody interested in genetic analysis of big genomic data.

Science Graduate School

As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience the breadth of technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.


Funding Notes

This project is not funded, and so is only open to students who can generate their own funding or scholarship from an external source.

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