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Department of Zoology


BBSRC DTP Targeted studentship

Elucidating the organisation and function of macromolecular complexes in vivo (Tim Weil) - applications for this project need to be made by 12 noon on Friday 7 December. For more information on how to apply for this studentship click here.

For further information about any of these projects you should contact the supervisor.  Applicants are welcome to approach supervisors with their own ideas - the list below is not exclusive, and does not include all of our supervisors (please visit our Research Pages for more information).

Please see our Funding page for more information on applying for DTP studentships.

    Other projects on offer

    Defining the blueprint of the ancestral vertebrate brain (Elia Benito-Gutierrez) [This project potentially falls within the remit for our Claire Barnes studentship in Marine Biology]

    Microtubule organisation in Drosophila (Paul Conduit)

    Evolution of anatomical plasticity in squamate reptiles (Jason Head)

    NERC DTP studentship BC023: Grinnell vs. Elton in deep and shallow time: Ecological drivers of lizards and snakes during the last 23 million years (Jason Head)

    Neuromodulation of cricket phonotactic behaviour (Berthold Hedwig)

    NERC DTP studentship BC004: Biodiversity and genetic impacts of low impact logging in Peru (Chris Jiggins)

    NERC DTP studentship BC025: Genetics of polymorphism in the wood tiger moth (Chris Jiggins)

    NERC DTP studentship BC026: The smell of speciation-chemical signalling in butterfly diversification (Chris Jiggins)

    Understanding the Heliconius-Passiflora cyanogen arms race (Chris Jiggins)

    NERC DTP studentship BC028: Incorporating ecology into virulence evolution: an experimental evolution approach (Helen Leggett)

    Epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms mediating neuronal plasticity (Matthias Landgraf)

    Motor network connectivity – wiring motifs and function (Matthias Landgraf)

    Regulation of dendritic and synaptic growth by metabolic reactive oxygen species (Matthias Landgraf)

    Critical period and network tuning (Matthias Landgraf)

    Neuron-glia interactions during development and repair (Matthias Landgraf)

    NERC DTP studentship BC030: The ancient past of Africa: reconstructing paleobiomes over the last 800k years (Andrea Manica)

    Genomics of marine adaptation and speciation (Andrea Manica) [This project falls within the remit for our Claire Barnes studentship in Marine Biology]

    From parasitism to mutualism: exploring the role of ectoparasitism in determining the distribution health and survival of juvenile coral reef fishes (Andrea Manica)  [This project falls within the remit for our Claire Barnes studentship in Marine Biology]

    Co-evolution of colour vision and coloration in colourful songbirds (Nick Mundy)

    Evolution of red carotenoid coloration in birds (Nick Mundy)

    NERC DTP studentship BC035: Mechanisms of sexual dimorphism in avian coloration (Nick Mundy) 

    NERC DTP studentship BC037: Microevolution and development of a sexual dimorphic pigment pattern in cichild fishes (Emilia Santos)

    Evolution of regulatory elements in lake Malawi cichlid fishes (Emilia Santos)

    Predicting the evolution of influenza (Derek Smith)

    NERC DTP studentship BC039: New methods for cost-effective conservation decision making (William Sutherland, Silviu Petrovan)

    NERC DTP studentship BC043: The effects of logging and forest disturbance on tropical river ecosystems (Edgar Turner, David Aldridge, Sarah Luke)

    NERC DTP studentship BC042: The role of habitat heterogeneity and reserve management in buffering butterfly species from the impacts of future climate change (Edgar Turner, Andrew Bladon)

    Elucidating the mechanism of the first round of mRNA translation (Tim Weil)

    Establishing the mechanism of the calcium wave at egg activation (Tim Weil)

    Testing the function of calcium in programmed cell death (Tim Weil) 

    Neural circuit mechanisms of memory-based decision-making (Marta Zlatic) 

    Biomechanics of insect cleaning devices (Walter Federle)

    NERC DTP studentship BC017: Silk-based attachment of caterpillars on plant surfaces: biomechanics, and cost-benefit analysis of silk production (Walter Federle)

    NERC DTP studentship BC015: Slippery surfaces and sticky fluids of carnivorous pitcher plants: biomechanics and ecology (Walter Federle)

    NERC DTP studentship BC016: How do specialist caterpillars cope with stiff and sharp plant trichomes? (Walter Federle)