About the Project
This PhD project will investigate the feeding of raptors from a modern, ecological perspective and also from a time-depth perspective using archaeological and historical samples via an isotope (stable and radiogenic) approach. Key questions will likely be: How has feeding of raptors shaped our relationship with these birds? What are the impacts of such feeding?, and what is the evidence for feeding in the past? However, within the context of this project title we are open for students coming forward with more detailed project ideas around this area, or their own ideas for a PhD project involving raptors. We have thus deliberately not detailed the types of raptors, the timescales, approach etc., as we would like applicants to shape the project.
In line with the transdisciplinary scope of DNFTA, the PhD project will bring theory, ideas and methods from multiple disciplines to bear upon the above topic. The project will be based at Reading with two main supervisors, but will also be co-supervised by project staff from bioarcheology team at Exeter. The candidate will be part of a cohort of early career researchers joining DNFTA in early 2021, including two anthropology PhD’s currently advertised at the University of Roehampton and a further two PhD’s at the University of Exeter and another at Reading starting later in 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with project colleagues across all disciplines and work with external stakeholders in the co-production of their research.
A good undergraduate degree result in either Archaeological, Biological, Earth, Ecological or Environmental Science and a relevant MSc qualification. Experience involving isotope analyses and/or studying raptors previously is desirable. If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency.
Applications should be made using the University of Reading online application form attaching a current CV and a 500 word research proposal. For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor Dr Stuart Black ([Email Address Removed]).
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