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Social behaviour and population biology in birds

   School of Biosciences

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  Prof B J Hatchwell  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Life on earth is fundamentally dependent on cooperative interactions among biological units. These social interactions may take the form of cooperation among genes or cells within organisms, between individuals within cooperative societies, or, in human societies, cooperation at an international or global scale.

Our work on social evolution focuses on investigation of the causes and fitness consequences of such evolutionary transitions. We use various bird species to investigate the ecological and evolutionary drivers of sociality in animals, and to explore its consequences for the behaviour of individuals and for the dynamics of their populations. We use diverse approaches, including comparative studies, field observations and experiments, population genetic analyses and modelling to investigate social evolution in a variety of avian study systems. We provide training in experimental design, field techniques, data analysis and science communication.

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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