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Population ecology in a changing world.


Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

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About the Project

We invite applications for a PhD in the area of population ecology and demographic modelling. Our research tackles problems at the pure and applied ends of the spectrum. A core question that runs through much of this research is: How do environmental variation (e.g. climate) and among-individual differences shape population dynamics and natural selection?

A range of quantitative methods (mathematical theory and statistics), long-term observational datasets and experimental microcosms underpin this research. Current questions that interest us include: What influences our ability to forecast population dynamics and extinction processes? Can we use dynamic energy budget theory to inform the development of more useful models of population processes? What determines the dynamics of weed populations and the evolution of herbicide resistance?

Students in our lab are trained in state-of-the-art methods of statistical analysis and modelling of populations. PhD projects can be undertaken in any area of theoretical or empirical population biology, and we are happy to support students interested in applied areas of research (e.g. developing data-informed management strategies of local populations). Students wishing to develop new field-studies in their home country should contact us to discuss their ideas before applying.

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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

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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