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Evolution and the Baldwin Effect

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Evolution by Darwinian natural selection is the equivalent of the standard model in physics. However, for over one hundred years, controversy has raged over the extent to which the Baldwin effect contributes to biological evolution. The Baldwin effect relies on the
presence of within-lifetime adaptation to increase fitness, which may increase the rate of evolution. To a naive observer, this looks like
Lamarckism, but it is not. This project will use computational experiments to investigate the Baldwin effect on uncorrelated fitness
functions (where computational studies suggest it is of benefit) and on correlated fitness functions (where little data is available).

Funding Notes

Requirements: We ask for a good honours degree of 2:1 or above and generally a masters or pending masters (merit or distinction) in Psychology or a related discipline.

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