PhD Opportunities in Animal Plant Science, Sheffield, UK


The Department of Animal and Plant science, University of Sheffield:

Deadline 15th Jan

Postgraduate opportunities for UK and EU students

We welcome enquiries from UK and EU students with strong interests in doing research work.  The opportunities available to students from the UK, and other European Union countries are essentially of three types:

  1. A funded studentship we are advertising with a project and supervisor already specified
  2. A project idea you agree with a potential supervisor, which can then be used as the basis for an application for scholarship funding from the University
  3. A project idea you agree with a supervisor, for which you have, or can obtain a source of support outside the University

We are very happy to consider projects and applications via any of these routes.

Proposed projects

  • Plant evolution and the assembly of flammable biomes
  • Evolutionary ecology of parasite infection in semi-captive Asian elephants    
  • Local adaptation and speciation
  • Plants, climate change, nutrient cycling and uptake, and biodiversity
  • Climate, density-dependence and population dynamics: towards an integrated perspective    
  • Restoring the ecological value of water bodies after anthropogenic perturbation: an ecosystem services approach
  • Fighting pests, disease and global change: How will plant immune systems respond to the challenge of drought in a CO2-rich world?
  • Sex, spores and conquering continents:     Professor David Beerling
  • Reconstructing early terrestrial ecosystems: a case study on exceptionally preserved biotas from the Lower Devonian deposits of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Testing the mechanisms driving climate change impacts on biodiversity
  • Developing innovation from regeneration - evolution and development of the pufferfish beak    
  • Ecology of species formation in stick insects: combining field, experimental, and genomic approaches
  • Protecting freshwater ecosystem services from chemical pollution: linking ecology, ecotoxicology and culture.
  • Restoring wetland functions in farming landscapes: what influences the effectiveness of new ponds?
  • All in the timing: the importance of timing of root growth and activity in capturing nutrients in natural ecosystems
  • Evolutionary models with ecological interactions
  • Reproductive immunity in insects