About the Project
My lab investigates these ecological consequences of reproductive variation, using plants and insects as model systems. This PhD project could focus on: (1) How environmental stress alters inbreeding depression; (2) How inbreeding affects fitness and population growth rates of parasites; and (3) How mutualistic and antagonistic species interactions contribute to the success of different reproductive strategies.
We welcome applications from enthusiastic and independent applicants with diverse backgrounds and career plans, and this project would suit students with interests in ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, behaviour, genetics, botany, entomology or some combination of these. Our research is interdisciplinary, and you will gain expertise in a range of modern techniques and approaches to ecology and evolutionary biology, including field studies in natural habitats, experimental evolution, metabolomic analyses, and molecular tools.
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.
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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