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The coherence of stability across ecological scales under multiple stressors

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A fundamental property of populations, communities and ecosystems is their stability. Functionally stable ecosystems provide clean water, food and maintain biodiversity. There is a pressing need to make predictions about the coherence of stability among ecosystems facing multiple, simultaneous stressors tied to climate and environmental change.

Key questions to address via this PhD might include:
(1) how does foraging biology affect robustness to extinction in modern, historical or even ancient communities of species?
(2) How do we robustly challenge predictions about dynamics and stability using real data?
(3) How does stability of populations relate to stability of biodiversity and ecosystem function?

The project suits a student with a background in ecology, food webs, networks, species interactions, climate change and or conservation and an interest or skills in developing quantitative skills (simulation and data driven modelling).

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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 to learn more.

Funding Notes

The fully funded studentship covers: (i) a stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,009 per annum for 2019-2020), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees.

Studentship(s) are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.90

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