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

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

Project Description

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. We provide training in skills such as experimental design, statistics and modelling

World leading experts in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences address these questions using a combination of skills including population dynamics, genomics and DNA sequence analysis, statistical and ecosystem modelling, field work, and laboratory and greenhouse studies, remote sensing and GIS. We operate across the world’s biomes from temperate regions, to the Arctic, tropical forests, savannas and the oceans. We work across taxonomic groups including microbes, plants, invertebrates, fish, mammals and birds. Much of our research is conducted in collaboration with national and international conservation agencies, government departments, industry and farmers to provide solutions to major sustainability issues concerning environmental change issues, including urbanisation, deforestation and forest degradation, agricultural expansion, invasive species, pollution and climate change.

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 to learn more.

Funding Notes

The applicant will need to find 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

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.90

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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