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PhD in tropical ecology and conservation: mechanisms of diversity enhancement in a changing world

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

About the Project

In recent years there has been a step change in our understanding of how so many species persist in hyperdiverse systems such as tropical forests. There is has been accumulation of data and models for these systems and a growing appreciation of the processes that drive diversity in natural systems. However, most of this work has been undertaken in pristine forests, with less in disturbed, fragmented or logged ones. In this project the impacts of human disturbance on the mechanisms of diversity-enhancement will be examined. The approach taken could be experimental and be based on field trials, or could be theoretical, or a combination of the two. 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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