Enquiries from potential postdocs are obviously welcome, but I am not in the position to provide funding (unless a position has been advertised explicitly). Suitably qualified candidates might consider applying for college fellowships (see the webpages of individuals colleges for details, deadlines tend to fall between October and January for positions starting the following October) or EU fellowships. Please note that the department charges visiting post-docs an annual bench fee of 1200 pounds [sterling] to cover the use of Departmental facilities.
General information: Enquiries from prospective PhD students are always welcome. However, they need to get in touch by the beginning of February if they want to be considered for a departmental studentship (which covers all costs for British students but only fees for EU citizens). Interviews are in mid-March and places are usually offered soon after.
Applications from prospective overseas (i.e. non-EU countries) students are also welcome, but they should keep in mind that there is relatively little funding available, and the few existing scholarships tend to be highly competitive. In the past, a few students have been successful in obtaining Gates scholarships to pursue PhDs in ecology. Contact the admission secretary of the department to obtain information on the available studentships. Applicants should also make enquiries in their home country to see whether there are suitable studentships that would cover their studies abroad.
Prospective students should initially send a CV and a cover letter telling me where their interests lie. Further details of graduate entry can be obtained from the Department of Zoology Webpage and from Alice Nelson, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ (tel: 01223 336647/fax: 01223 336676/e-mail: email@example.com).
Potential projects: Students are encouraged to come up with their own thesis topics. A topic that I find very promising at the moment is the measurement of selection in a spatial framework, using humans as a model system (see here for details of my work in this area). A numerically minded candidate would be required for this project.