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  Evolutionary quantitative genetics in the wild: behaviour, growth and fitness in Soay sheep
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr M Morrissey
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Contemporary natural selection frequently appears to favour the evolution of increased body size. However, corresponding evolutionary responses of body size, of magnitudes predicted by evolutionary quantitative genetic theory, are frequently not observed.
  Biodiversity change in fish communities: integrating taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof A E Magurran
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Recent research, much of it led by the University of St Andrews (1, 4, 8), is showing that the world’s ecosystems are being restructured at rates that exceed the predictions of the best ecological theory we have.
  Tool Crafting in New Caledonian Crows
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof C Rutz
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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SUMMARY. New Caledonian crows are renowned for their ability to manufacture complex foraging tools from plant materials.
  Molecular and cellular mechanisms of regeneration in the invertebrate chordate amphioxus
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr I Somorjai
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Cephalochordates ("amphioxus" or "lancelet") are an ideal model for studying developmental and regenerative processes (Bertrand and Escriva 2011; Somorjai 2017).
  Impact of environmental stressors on microbiota and health in a marine chordate
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr I Somorjai
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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The gut microbiota - the complex community of bacteria, viruses and archaea with which we live - has an important impact on health, disease progression, lifespan and behaviour (Glendinning and Free 2014).
  Studying evolutionary processes with polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models
  Research Group: Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
  Dr C Kosiol
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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The recent sequencing of genomes of closely related species and of many individuals from the same species enables the study of speciation and the inference of the history of populations.
  Adaptation in Exploratory Processes
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof K N Laland, Prof G Ruxton
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Organisms often respond to new challenges through ‘exploratory mechanisms’ (Gerhart & Kirschner, 1997), which are complex developmental systems that operate by generating variation (i.e.
  Coral niche construction
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr M Dornelas, Prof K N Laland
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Coral reefs are one of the ecosystems with the highest concentration of biological diversity on the planet. In 1% of the sea they harbor over 25% of marine species.
  The genetics of sperm competition in Drosophila pseudoobscura
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Prof MG Ritchie
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Sperm competition is a major source of selection on animal mating systems, and studies of Drosophila have shown that genes expressed in male reproductive tissues are amongst the most rapidly evolving between species.
  Evolution of mimicry: Genetic, morphometric, and functional origins of leaf mimicry in singing insects
  Research Group: Centre for Biological Diversity
  Dr N Bailey
Application Deadline: 1 December 2019

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Mimicry is a remarkable Darwinian adaptation, and bush crickets whose wings resemble plant leaves are among the most spectacular examples of mimicry in the natural world.
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