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Department of Zoology


Claire Barnes studentships in Zoology

Two Claire Barnes PhD studentships, covering University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, are offered at the Department to start in October 2019.

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful Overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page.

The two studentships will be available to PhD students working on projects in the following research areas:

1. 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)

Defining the blueprint of the ancestral vertebrate brain (Elia Benito-Gutierrez)

2. Biology and Ecology of Asia

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

Projects currently offered by our supervisors that fall within these two remits are listed above; however, please note that this list is not exhaustive and other available projects may be adaptable.

Applicants who devise a suitable project may also be considered for the relevant studentship.

Application procedure:

To be considered for the Departmental PhD studentships, candidates must apply to the University of Cambridge (under the course code BLZO22, and following the normal application process) by 31 January 2019. Please note that this deadline falls after the main University funding deadline of 12 noon on 3 January 2019; any eligible applications made to the Zoology Department between 12 noon on 3 January and 31 January will therefore only be considered for these studentships.

Interviews are likely to be held in February-March 2019.


Claire Barnes (Clare College, 1976) writes:

“I have been fortunate to spend my working life in Asia during an era of rapid economic growth. As a traveller and keen diver, I have visited some of the world's most magical places, and have also witnessed unprecedented ecological change and destruction. Losses of habitat, biodiversity, and traditional local knowledge are all of concern; and regional education systems often equip their graduates with little understanding of the natural world. Meanwhile, the amateur naturalist marvels at the number of species yet to be documented and of topics yet to be studied. I would like to encourage zoological studies in Asia, and to strengthen scholarly and personal ties between the UK and Asia.”

If you have any questions regarding these studentships please contact the Zoology graduate office at