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University of York, Department of Biology Zoology / Animal Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 10 University of York, Department of Biology Zoology / Animal Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Ants as ecosystem engineers: the interaction between niche construction and land management
  Dr EJH Robinson, Dr K Redeker, Dr C Hawke
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious student to develop an exciting. project that will use applied field experiments to quantify the relationship.
  Behavioural Mechanisms Driving Collective Smothering in Hens
  Dr D Franks, Dr EJH Robinson
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Understanding the qualities of captive environments that cause abnormal behaviour has been a major topic in animal welfare. However, smothering - a type of abnormal behaviour in hens - has received little study to date.
  Ecological and evolutionary interactions in insect symbiont communities
  Dr J Ferrari
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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Most organisms host bacterial symbionts, which can substantially affect the biology of their hosts. For example, they can alter the host’s nutrition, reproduction, immunity and protect the host from environmental stresses.
  Evolutionary acceleration in the Anthropocene
  Dr K Dasmahapatra, Prof C Thomas
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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A PhD position is available to investigate whether rates of evolution, hybridisation and speciation have been accelerating during the Anthropocene.
  Examining climate change impacts on tropical butterflies
  Prof J K Hill, Dr I Kitching, Dr C Beale
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Climate change is resulting in many species shifting their ranges, altering. community composition at sites as some species colonise and other go.
  Landscapes for the conservation of the Giant Ibis in Cambodia
  Dr C Beale, Dr K Arnold
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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BACKGROUND. The Giant Ibis is a critically endangered species of. bird, now restricted to a small population scattered across the.
  The aphid microbiome: ecological and evolutionary dynamics of multispecies interactions
  Dr J Ferrari, Dr AC Darby
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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All organisms face a multitude of environmental threats and have to. adapt to overcome these challenges. Many insects get help from an.
  The development of Anthropocene biodiversity
  Prof C Thomas, Prof N Milner
Application Deadline: 30 March 2020

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A PhD studentship is available to investigate the impacts of humanity on biodiversity change. You will use a combination of biological and archaeological information to identify losses and gains of species diversity over time, and hence to provide insights into future impacts of human development on biodiversity.
  The evolution of wing shape and flight in mimetic butterflies
  Dr K Dasmahapatra, Dr N Nadeau, Dr OM McMillan
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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The evolution of flight is one of the main drivers of insect success and. diversification. Wing shape is important for aerodynamic performance, but may.
  The impact of social relationships on crop-raiding in male African savannah elephants
  Dr D Franks, Dr J Bro-Jorgensen, Dr K Evans
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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BACKGROUND. In contrast to the well-studied social relations in matriarchal groups, the social relations governing bull behaviour is poorly understood in elephants.
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