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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Cambridge Earth System Science DTP

The University of Cambridge is offering more than fifteen 3.5-year NERC funded studentships starting in October 2017. Several people in the Department of Zoology are members of the Biology Theme, and can therefore supervise a student funded via this programme. Specific projects are listed below, but you may also propose your own project. Full information on how to apply, and the projects available, can be found on the Cambridge Earth System Science DTP website.

Those who have applied to the BBSRC DTP and/or the Wellcome Trust 4-Year Programme can also be considered for the NERC DTP (without the need for a separate application to Zoology) provided that your potential supervisor is based in the Department of Zoology. You will need to inform the Graduate Administration team by 4th January 2017 that this is the case, and that you wish to be considered for one of our NERC projects.

2016-17 projects with supervisors in Zoology listed below for information. 2017-18 projects will be advertised as soon as available:

B201: Palaeontological and developmental approaches for resolving vertebrate phylogenetics and character evolution (Lead Supervisor: Robert Asher, Zoology)

B221: Gene flow and adaptation in charismatic seabirds (Lead Supervisor: Nick Mundy, Zoology)

B223: Ecological and economic impacts of the quagga mussel - the UK’s least wanted invasive species (Lead Supervisor: David Aldridge, Zoology)

B224: Ecosystem engineering by native and invasive bivalves (Lead Supervisor: David Aldridge, Zoology)

B226: Implications of sustained animal population declines for conservation (Lead Supervisor: Andrew Balmford, Zoology)

B227: What interventions’ work to reduce people’s consumption of meat? (Lead Supervisor: Andrew Balmford, Zoology)

B232: Evolutionary biomechanics: host specificity and the role of “wax barriers” in Macaranga-ant mutualisms (Lead Supervisor: Walter Federle, Zoology)

B233: Slippery surfaces and sticky fluids of carnivorous pitcher plants: biomechanics and ecology (Lead Supervisor: Walter Federle, Zoology)

B237: Climate adaptation in a tropical butterfly (Lead Supervisor: Chris Jiggins, Zoology)

B238: Seminal fluid proteins: a new mechanism for non-genetic inheritance? (Lead Supervisor: Rebecca Kilner, Zoology)

B241: You are what you eat: how diet and lifestyle affect the gut microbiota of songbirds (Lead Supervisor: Hannah Rowland, Zoology)

B242: Quantifying the cost effectiveness of conservation interventions (Lead Supervisor: William Sutherland, Zoology)

B245: Genomic insights into late Pleistocene African hunter-­‐gatherers: ancient DNA from the hunter-­‐fishers of Lake Turkana 10,000 years ago (Lead Supervisor: Eske Willerslev, Zoology)