About the Project
1. Using polar seabirds, deploy biologging devices to measure
plasticity in foraging behaviour.
2. Using physiological traits, such as telomere length, oxidative stress levels and microbiome composition, identify possible costs of plasticity
3.Link these physiological measures to foraging plasticity and climate metrics Novelty First, studies in wild vertebrates haven’t linked oxidative stress, telomeres and microbiomes, despite predictions that the costs of reproduction may affect them all. Second, despite
changes in behaviour being crucial to adapting to climate change, no study in the wild has linked the costs and benefits of plasticity in foraging to such a combination of physiological traits, nor with climate models. Timeliness The rapid development of low-cost techniques to quantify physiologically deterioration means that studies looking at multiple measures, and the relationship between them, is becoming increasingly possible. In combination with biologging technology, which allows large amounts of foraging data to be collected across
time, these data offer a timely opportunity to study the costs of plasticity. All applicants are encouraged to contact the main supervisor before submitting an application (email@example.com)
HOW TO APPLY
Notes and how to apply are available here: https://acce.shef.ac.uk/phd-opportunities-at-liverpool/
Apply at: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/
For any enquiries please contact SoES PGR enquiries/ACCE DTP team on firstname.lastname@example.org
UKRI provide the following funding for 3.5 years:
• Stipend (2020/21 UKRI rate £15,285)
• Tuition Fees at UK fee rate (2020/21 rate £4,407)
• Research support and training grant (RTSG)
A limited number of international fee bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis. However, if selected International and EU fee rate candidates may need to cover the remaining amount of tuition fees by securing additional funding. International fees for 2021/22 entry are not yet fixed, but as a guide fees for 2020/21 entry were £23,650 per annum.
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