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University of St Andrews, School of Mathematics and Statistics PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Adapting methods from statistical ecology and applying them to molecular data in cancer
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Prof A Lynch, Dr H Worthington
Applications accepted all year round

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There are a number of questions that arise from proteomic and RNA studies in cancer that have clear parallels in the world of ecology.
  Automated evaluation of geo-political risk.
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Dr C Donovan
Applications accepted all year round

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There are massive amounts of data presented to the internet in real or near-to-real-time that allow monitoring of economic and societal conditions, amongst other things.
  Bayesian identifiability for log-linear models.
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Dr M Papathomas
Applications accepted all year round

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Log-linear modelling is the standard approach for investigating the full joint dependence structure between categorical variables such as phenotypes and SNPs.
  Coronal Heating by MHD Waves
  Prof I De Moortel
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The question why the Sun’s outer atmosphere (corona) is so much hotter than the solar surface (photosphere) remains one of the most challenging open problems in Solar Physics.
  Design of Experiments
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Prof R Bailey
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A topic in design of experiments, to be decided between the student and the supervisor. It could focus on methods for constructing particular types of design; methods of, and problems in, randomization; two-phase experiments; experiments in a particular area of application..
  Investigating modes of action of genetic risk variants through integrated analysis of multiple high-dimensional “omics” data.
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Prof A Lynch, Dr M Papathomas
Applications accepted all year round

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Genome-wide association studies have identified thousands of genomic loci that are associated with higher risk of a trait (often a disease such as breast cancer).
  Magnetic flux emergence on the Sun.
  Dr V Archontis
Applications accepted all year round

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A key open question in solar physics is how magnetic fields emerge from the solar interior to the surface of the Sun, to form sunspots and active regions.
  Modelling encounters in surveys of unmarked animal populations
  Research Group: Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  Prof D Borchers, Dr R Glennie, Dr M Rowcliffe
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Many wild animal populations are monitored by placing detectors (e.g. cameras or microphones) in a study area and recording encounters with individual animals.
  Modelling local population dynamics for whale sharks in the Maldives
  Research Group: Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  Dr H Worthington
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Data for this project will be provided by the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme. The broad aim is to further the understanding of the local population dynamics of this enigmatic species.
  Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares
  Prof T Neukirch
Applications accepted all year round

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A major open question in the physics of solar flares lies in describing the mechanisms responsible for generating significant populations of non-thermal particles.
  Simulating the Sun: Can We Predict Solar Storms ?
  Prof DH Mackay
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Magnetic fields permeate and structure the atmosphere of the Sun. These magnetic fields can be seen to vary from the smallest to the largest scales presently observable.
  Spatial capture-recapture methods for snow leopards
  Research Group: Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  Prof D Borchers, Dr R Glennie, Dr K Sharma
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We do not know how many snow leopards are left in the world. Snow leopard range country governments and scientists have launched an ambitious initiative to develop a robust assessment of the global snow leopard population.
  Statistical models for digital ecological surveys
  Research Group: Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
  Prof D Borchers
Applications accepted all year round

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Ecological surveys are the foundation on which evidence-based conservation of the planet’s biodiversity and wildlife resources is built.
  Theory and Simulations of Space Weather in the Earth’s Magnetosphere
  Dr AN Wright
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The environment surrounding a planet dominated by its magnetic field (called the magnetosphere) shields the planet from the solar wind.
  Trading in Peer-to-peer (P2P) markets
  Research Group: Division of Statistics
  Dr C Donovan
Applications accepted all year round

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Peer-to-peer market trading is becoming more prevalent any many areas that were traditionally the domain of large companies – stocks, foreign exchange, gambling.
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