Ideally candidates will have a Merit or Distinction at Masters level in a relevant subject. Experience in studies of primate behaviour and biomechanical techniques would be useful. The position will involve 12-15 months of fieldwork in Gabon and experience of fieldwork, or an ability to thrive under similar challenging conditions, would be very beneficial.
This PhD studentship is being funded by the Anatomical Society. It is a 3-year studentship with fees paid for a UK student and a stipend of £14,777 per year.
Johannsen L, Coward SRL, Martin GR, Wing AM, van Casteren A, Sellers WI, Ennos AR, Crompton RH and Thorpe SKS (2017) Human bipedal instability in tree canopy environments is reduced by “light touch” fingertip support. Scientific Reports 7: 1135, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-01265-7
Halsey LG, Coward SRL, Crompton RH, Thorpe SKS (2017). Practise makes perfect: performance optimisation in ‘arboreal’ parkour athletes illuminates the evolutionary ecology of great ape anatomy. Journal of Human Evolution 103: 45-52
Crompton RH (2016). The hominins: a very conservative tribe? Last common ancestors, plasticity and ecomorphology in Hominidae. Or, What’s in a name? Journal of Anatomy 228: 686-699.
Crompton RH, Pataky TC, Savage R, D'août K, Bennett MR, Day MH, Bates K, Morse S, Sellers WI. (2012). Human-like external function of the foot, and fully upright gait, confirmed in the 3.66 million year old Laetoli hominin footprints by topographic statistics, experimental footprint-formation and computer simulation. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface / the Royal Society. 9:707-719.
Thorpe, SKS, Holder R and Crompton RH. (2009) Orangutans employ unique strategies to control branch flexibility Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (31): 12646-12651.
Thorpe, SKS, Holder R and Crompton RH. (2007) Origin of human bipedalism as an adaptation for locomotion on flexible branches. Science 316:1328-1331
FTE Category A staff submitted: 42.80
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