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Evolutionary ecology of bumble bees and their parasites

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 08, 2018
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Research in my group addresses questions about the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite associations, using bumble bees as hosts and their natural complement of parasites. This work is important because it can help us understand interactions between hosts and parasites, and because bumble bees are a declining but ecologically and economically important group of pollinators. Our main focus is trying to understand the dynamics of interactions between single parasites and multiple host species, and between parasite communities and individual host species, although we also investigate more classical single-species interactions.

If you are interested, please see my webpage for a list of publications and more details: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Biological-Sciences/AcademicStaff/Brown/index.html

Funding Notes

A fully funded studentship
Candidates are strongly advised first to check their eligibility for NERC funding on the London NERC DTP website and to make contact with the relevant lead supervisor when preparing their application.
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Baron GL, Jansen VAA, Brown MJF, Raine NE (2017) Pesticide reduces bumblebee colony initiation and increases probability of population extinction. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:1308-1316
Fürst MA, McMahon DP, Osborne JL, Paxton RJ, Brown MJF (2014) Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators. Nature 506:364-366
Ruiz-González MX, Bryden J, Moret Y, Reber-Funk C, Schmid-Hempel P, Brown MJF (2012) Dynamic transmission, host quality and population structure in a multi-host parasite of bumble bees. Evolution 66:3053-3066

How good is research at Royal Holloway, University of London in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.00

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