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PhD in Applied Ecology - Developing data-driven modelling in Applied Ecology

   School of Biosciences

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  Prof R Freckleton  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We live in a changing world and a challenge for ecologists is to forecast how such changes will impact on natural populations. We tackle problems such as forest management, weed invasions and predicting the impacts of land management on populations of plants, insects and birds. Our approach focuses on data-driven modelling and statistical methods.

In recent projects we have used UAVs (drones) to map populations of pests, and this is an area in which we have expertise in the aquistiton and analysis of data. This approach has been used in a range of contexts to improve management and the data from these systems has been combined with advanced image analysis techniques. We provide training in skills such as experimental design, statistics and modelling. 

Science Graduate School

As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you will get access to training opportunities of the Science Graduate School designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You will 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 to learn more.

Funding Notes

Applicants will need to obtain funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses. The applicant should have, or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject
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