NEW PhDs for 2018

The amazing eyes of queen conch Lobatus gigas . CC BY 2.0 Daniel Neal

The amazing eyes of queen conch Lobatus gigas . CC BY 2.0 Daniel Neal

Hoverfly - Sphaerophoria scripta photo Karl Wotton

Hoverfly - Sphaerophoria scripta photo Karl Wotton

This year we have several possible PhDs on offer as part of the BBSRC and NERC doctoral training programs:

The first is a project offered through the BBSRC SWBio partnership

The is a really novel project with the aim of discovering how the polarization of light plays a role in parasitoid wasps attacking crop pests, and how we can use that information to enhance their value as biocontrol agents. The PhD will be supervised jointly by Nick and Martin at Bristol and Prof Martin Stevens at the University of Exeter. Dr Cassie Stoddard at Princeton is also a collaborator on the project. 

Click here for a direct link to more information about this PhD.

Application deadline: Midnight, Monday 4th December 2017


The second project is offered through the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

The PhD will explore how anthropogenic light pollution is affecting the phenotypic variation found in animal visual systems. This is a really exciting new direction and is a new way to address a major global challenge. The work will be supervised by Nick and Martin at Bristol, Suzanne Williams at the NHM and Nathan Hart at Macquarie University in Australia. 

Click here for a direct link to more information about this PhD.

Application deadline: 7th January 2018


The third project, with Karl Wotton as the primary supervisor, is also offered through the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

This is another fantastic project that will be looking at hoverfly migration and their use of the polarization of light as a navigational cue. The big question is how does the time compensation in their compass work. See Karl's website for more information and this project will be supervised by Karl and Nick. 

Click here for a direct link to more information about this PhD.

Application deadline: 7th January 2018


A fourth project we are involved in is another joint study, primarily supervised by Suzanne Williams at the Natural History Museum. This is again part of the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

This PhD will combine molecular and morphological datasets, methods in comparative phylogenetics and behavioural studies to explore how and why the beautiful and complex eyes of the Strombidae have evolved. The supervisors on this project are Suzanne, who is head of the invertebrate division at the NHM, Nick and Dr Liz Harper at Cambridge

Click here for a direct link to more information about this PhD

Application deadline: 7th January 2018

 

The SWBio and NERC GW4+ websites provide detailed information about the application process. If you are interested - please contact Nick first to find out more about the projects.