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The evolution of species’ distributions - President’s PhD Scholarship


Department of Life Sciences

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About the Project

Understanding how species’ ranges change and evolve is a long-standing problem in ecology, evolution, and conservation. It is often hypothesised that clades with rapidly evolving traits can evolve to adapt to changing climate and minimise competition, but testing such hypotheses has proved challenging. This studentship provides the opportunity to use global trait and distribution datasets our lab has collated (e.g., https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/823930v1.full) to test fundamental questions about the ecology and evolution of species’ distributions. You will have the opportunity to apply methods our lab has developed (e.g., https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/geb.12938) to test fundamental eco-evolutionary questions, and then develop your own hypotheses and methods following your own interests. In our lab we work with policy-makers and conservation organisations (e.g., https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-93145-6_2), and you will have the opportunity to do so if you wish.

To find out more about this project, please explore our lab’s website (http://pearselab.com/) and, if you’re interested in applying, please send an email with a brief (one paragraph) overview of research interests and a CV to [Email Address Removed]. This project is competition-funded through Imperial College London’s President’s PhD Scholarships program (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/scholarships/presidents-phd-scholarships/), whose first deadline is the 6th of November 2020. Please contact me as quickly as possible so that I can decide if your application is strong enough for us to work together on your application for the program.


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