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Ecology & Conservation PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in Reading

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  Bioinformatics analyses of unknown metagenomics fraction
  Dr S Gweon
Applications accepted all year round

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"DNA sequencing technology now allows us to investigate not only the identity of organisms that are present in complex environments like soil, but also what these tiny microbes are doing.
  British mosquito ecology: investigating the role of ecological traits, invasion status, and environmental factors in determining the distribution and seasonality of insect vectors in the UK
  Prof A Callaghan
Applications accepted all year round

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Mosquito-borne diseases cause substantial mortality and morbidity worldwide and are changing in distribution and impact due to globalisation and environmental change.
  Ecology and behaviour of urban wildlife
  Dr P J Baker
Applications accepted all year round

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The construction and development of urban areas is a relatively recent phenomenon. Urbanisation does, however, impose a range of advantages and disadvantages for biological organisms and which can bring them into conflict with humans.
  Ecology of Insect Pests of Stored Products and Museums
  Dr G J Holloway
Applications accepted all year round

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Man stores many different products for a variety of purposes. Stored products include food, wood, clothing and also items in museums stored for posterity.
  Forensic acarology: the importance of mites in forensic investigations
  Dr M A Perotti
Applications accepted all year round

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Forensic acarology. the utility/contribution of mites in criminal investigations, in illegal trade, in cases of human and animal neglect, etc.
  Interactions between introduced tree species and native mycorrhizal fungi in the UK
  Dr BJ Pickles
Applications accepted all year round

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"Mycorrhizal symbioses are one of the most extensive and important biotic interactions in terrestrial ecosystems, typically providing plants with improved access to nutrients in exchange for carbohydrates produced via photosynthesis.
  Studying the mechanisms that cause heart failure
  Dr S Boateng
Applications accepted all year round

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Heart failure has a serious impact on our society and once diagnosed has a poor survival rate. In the United Kingdom, there are about 1.5 million people living with the after-effects of a heart attack, and this presents a huge economic burden each year.
  Understanding extinction risk in the Anthropocene
  Dr M Gonzalez-Suarez
Applications accepted all year round

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We live in a humanized world in which even the most remote areas have been affected by the actions of our species. Human impacts have caused a widespread loss of biodiversity, to the point that we have likely entered the sixth mass extinction event on Earth, the first primarily caused by humans.
  SCENARIO - Predicting the ecological and societal impacts of species on the move with climate change in the UK
  Dr N Pettorelli, Dr J Neumann, Prof K Norris, Dr L Shaffrey
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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There is a growing recognition that the redistribution of species driven by a changing climate is creating profound challenges for societies and regional economies around the globe.
  SCENARIO - Understanding Acute Oak Decline using X-ray micro-tomography and leaf reflectance: linking reduced tree water transport capacity to changes in xylem and leaf cellular structure.
  Dr F Gerard, Dr G Barrett
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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First recorded in the UK in the early 1900’s, Acute Oak Decline (AOD) is widely recognised as a threat to native English oaks. Outbreaks of disease have gone through several historic and distinct episodes with the current, ongoing spread having started around 2002.
  SCENARIO - Love isn’t in the air: Assessing how air pollution interrupts insect sex pheromone signalling
  Dr R Girling
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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As humans, the dominant sense with which we perceive the world is vision, in contrast many insects rely upon odours to perceive and interact with their environment.
  SCENARIO - Maximising the environmental benefits of gardens through optimal planting choices and understanding of occupants’ engagement
  Dr J Bishop, Prof M Lukac
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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What we plant and how we manage our gardens can have a significant environmental impact. Domestic gardens cover 15-25% of area in most UK towns and cities, and recent research (1,2) links garden plant characteristics with provision of ecosystem services.
  SCENARIO - Determining carbon pool turnover rates in semi-arid biomes of Australia as drivers of global carbon cycle inter-annual variability
  Dr K.H. White
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The atmospheric carbon component exhibits large interannual variability primarily driven by terrestrial processes, some of which are poorly understood.
  SCENARIO - Soil microbial carbon metabolism for climate positive soils
  Dr E J Shaw, Dr M Redmile-Gordon, Dr R Griffiths
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Soils are essential to human well-being because they perform multiple functions that underpin the provision of ecosystem services that sustain life and regulate climate.
  SCENARIO - The domestication of Amazon rainforests by pre-Columbian societies
  Dr F Mayle, Dr JS Singarayer
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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The extent to which pre-Columbian (pre-AD1492) human societies transformed Amazonia from a virgin wilderness into a domesticated landscape is one of the most contentious debates in tropical ecology.
  How does urbanization affect the abundance and diversity of species?
  Prof M D E Fellowes
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD will focus on the influence of human behaviour on the dynamics and behaviour of species in urban and suburban settings. By altering the environment (e.g.
  The non-human biological trace evidence of shallow graves
  Dr M A Perotti
Applications accepted all year round

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"A number of non-human biological traces are present in or around corpses shallowly buried in soil. This project attempts to characterize the different types of traces, and inform on the role they can play in the forensic analysis of a crime scene.
  Microbiology and ecology of microbes in our rivers - their niche distribution and functional implications
  Dr S Gweon
Applications accepted all year round

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"The distributions of microorganisms in our rivers and their interactions play an important role to environment and human health.
  Enhancing botany education in Britain
  Dr J Mitchley
Applications accepted all year round

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Plants are a vital element of the biosphere and without plants there is no animal life. An understanding of plant diversity and the ability to identify, name and understand plants in their habitats (field botany) is essential to underpin ecology, conservation and sustainable development sciences.
  Plant-insect interactions in a changing world
  Dr S Gripenberg
Applications accepted all year round

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Insects associated with plants comprise one of the most diverse groups of species on earth. Their impact on the ecology and evolution of their host plants is widely recognised, as is their contribution to a number of important ecosystem functions.
  The biological control of insect pests using predators and parasitoids
  Prof M D E Fellowes
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will focus on building an understanding of the behavioural and physiological interactions of insect pests and their natural enemies (predators and parasitoids), and using this to develop better approaches to insect pest management in the field.
  Urban Tree for Cooling Cities
  Prof L Shao
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to gain new and in-depth understanding of urban tree – built environment interactions. It will be carried out in the context of prevention of summer overheating and creation of comfortable outdoor and indoor living environments for city dwellers.
  Mine site restoration and ecosystem development
  Prof M Tibbett
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will include various aspect of minesite rehabilitation including early development of terrestrial ecosystems and the nutritional constraints to ecosystem development (plants and soil biota) using a space-for-time substiution appraoch.
  The nature of mycorrhizal symbioses
  Prof M Tibbett
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will build on recent work highlighting the changing view of the nature of the relationship between plant and fungus in the (near) ubiquitous symbiosis.
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