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  Testing evolutionary potential, and genetic divergence in threatened populations of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus)

   College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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  Dr K Parsons, Prof Colin Adams  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Start date: Autumn 2013
Stipend: £13,595 pa.

An exciting opportunity is offered for a graduate student interested in the processes underlying adaptive diversification in nature. We use ecological, genetic, and experimental approaches to study the repeated evolution of ecologically-specialized morphs of Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) where the typical pattern of ecological and phenotypic divergence is a broad continuum of benthic and limnetic phenotypes. This is a powerful system for determining the earliest stages of adaptive differentiation, specialization, and speciation. However, this species is also under threat from climate change which will motivate some of the research in this project. Students will have the opportunity to learn cutting edge next generation sequencing techniques as well as experimental, and morphometric methods. There are potential opportunities to work with collaborators at the University of Aberdeen, as well as colleagues in Canada at the University of Guelph, as well as in Iceland at Holar University College.

This studentship is open to both UK and EU citizens and is funded by the Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of Glasgow. Students will receive a stipend for the three year programme period.

Applicants should be highly motivated and have an excellent academic record with a minimum of an upper second or equivalent at Bachelors level in an appropriate biological subject, and an interest in evolutionary and environmental issues. Interested students should send a cover letter describing why the PhD opportunity interests them, and list any relevant experience and publications (if any). Informal inquiries can be made Dr. Kevin Parsons at [Email Address Removed]. The position will begin in the autumn of 2013 with some opportunity for an early start.

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