Revealing the Routes to Biodiversity
To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one UK/EU PhD Scholarship for candidates applying for the following project
Closing date Tuesday 31st May 2011; Studentships will start in September 2011
Supervisor: Dr Chris Venditti
Email: C.Venditti@hull. ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1482 46 2077
Department: Biological Sciences
Co-Supervisor( s): Dr Dave Lunt, Biological Sciences
Visit www.hull.ac.uk/phd to download a copy of the application form.
This studentship will aim to understand the origin and evolution of wide-scale patterns of diversity in animals. It is currently not clear how environmental factors interact with speciation, extinction, and genetic and morphological rates of change to produce diversity. It is often assumed that these different measures of diversity are closely tied; for example, where there are more species we would expect greater morphological diversity. There is a growing
literature that suggests this is not the case: reproductive isolations can occur with little or no genetic change; genetically very closely related species can have wildly divergent morphologies; some large groups of species can be indistinguishable from gross morphology where as other, species-poor, groups are diverse. If this is the case how does diversity accumulate? The student will address this question using cutting-edge statistical phylogenetic comparative
methods applied to multiple datasets encompassing a wide range of animal groups. The studentship has the potential to contribute to a real quantitative science of macroevolution and has implications for life history, ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation and population biology. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Chris Venditti (C.Venditti@hull. ac.uk).
This full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the "home/EU" student rate and maintenance (€ ¢Â£13,590 in 2011/12, subject to final confirmation) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree. Successful applicants will be informed of the award by 11th July.
Please quote 10 Academic Resources Daily in your application to this opportunity!