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Investigating the evolutionary forces that lead to cooperation and conflict

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Cooperation occurs at all level of biological organisation. Genes cooperate to form genomes, bacteria cells cooperate to overcome their hosts, and animals form cooperative societies. At the same time, individuals are selected to maximise their selfish gains from other members of the group. This project will investigate the evolutionary forces that lead to cooperation and conflict. The project can be taken in a number of directions, especially: (1) Exploiting genomic data to study cooperation and conflict in natural populations of bacteria; (2) Theoretical modelling of cooperation and conflict in viruses; (3) Across species comparative studies in bacteria or animals, on cooperation and division of labour. To get an idea of the specifics of what we do, see recent papers at http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/group/west/pubs.html.







Funding Notes

Funding is competitive, via either University/Departmental Studentships or Doctoral Training Centres (View Website).

References

References
Ghoul, M., Anderson, S.B. & West, S.A. (2017) Sociomics: using omic approaches to understand social evolution. Trends in Genetics 33, 408-419.
Diaz-Muñoz, S.L., Sanjuán, R. & West, S.A. (2017) Sociovirology: conflict, cooperation, and communication among viruses. Cell Host & Microbe 22, 437-441.
Fisher, R.M., Henry, L.M., Cornwallis, C.K., Kiers, E.T. & West, S.A. (2017) The evolution of host-symbiont dependence. Nature Communications 8:15973.

How good is research at University of Oxford in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 223.80

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