Jobs & Studentships

FACULTY PHD STUDENTSHIP

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Modelling population viability and demographic trends of endangered Caspian seals (Pusa caspica) in relation to climate change and sea level variation scenarios

Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on polar ice-dependent species, such as ice- breeding seals, as this century proceeds (Kovacs et al. 2012), by reducing the availability of ice habitat, and shifting prey distributions and abundance. However, ice-breeding seals are also present outside polar-latitudes in the Baltic Sea, Caspian Sea, Lake Saimaa, Lake Ladoga and Lake Baikal. These landlocked seals are perhaps the most vulnerable of all pinnipeds to climate change impacts since they have limited/no option to migrate to other habitats to track environmental change. In this project we will examine the potential sensitivity of Caspian seals to climate warming and seal level variation, and the consequences for extinction risk. The work has direct relevance for informing conservation strategies for the species.

  • For full details of the project see here.
  • Closing date 9th March 2018.
  • Download a copy of the full project description here.

LEEDS-YORK NERC DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAMME PHD STUDENTSHIP

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Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and speciation in Galapagos land and marine iguanas

This project provides a unique opportunity to examine adaptation and evolutionary history in an iconic set of species for evolutionary biologists, the marine (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) and land iguanas (Conolophus sp) of the Galapagos archipelago using cutting edge genomic approaches.

We will use de novo sequencing of iguana genomes to give insights into how these taxa evolved, the genetic basis of their unique adaptations, and to gain information which can contribute Galapagos iguana conservation.

  • For full details of the project and how to apply, please see our DTP website.
  • Closing date 8th January 2018.
  • Download a copy of the full project description here.

OTHER PHD AND POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2018 ENTRY

We anticipate offering PhD and post-doctoral fellowship hosting opportunities in several areas for 2018. Further details and information on how to apply will be posted by shortly. In the meantime please contact me by email if you would like to discuss these projects.

  • Development of novel biosensor technology for environmental surveillance, detection and diagnosis of emerging infectious diseases

STUDENTS WITH EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

We are happy to hear from students with interests in evolution, population genetics and genomics, conservation biology, disease ecology, marine mammal ecology or related subjects, year round. You may have secured a personal scholarship already, or may be interested in developing a proposal and are seeking an academic sponsor. Please email me via the Contacts page.

Please see our Faculty of Biological Sciences graduate school page for information on scholarship schemes and how to apply.