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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.

2017-18 projects with supervisors in Zoology listed below:

B301: Dissecting the evolution of bright wing patterns in tropical butterflies (Lead Supervisor: Chris Jiggins, Zoology)

B302: Co-evolution of colour vision and coloration in colourful songbirds (Lead Supervisor: Nick Mundy, Zoology)

B303: Evolution of red carotenoid coloration in birds (Lead Supervisor: Nick Mundy, Zoology)

B312: Maximising Return on Investment for elephant and ape conservation in Africa (Lead Supervisor: Andrew Balmford, Zoology and *CASE* Partner Wildlife Conservation Society)

B322: Evolution of axial skeleton diversity in reptiles (Lead Supervisor: Jason Head, Zoology)

B324: Determining the biases and consistency in the evidence for conservation biology (Lead Supervisor: William Sutherland, Zoology)

B328: How does social behaviour change evolution? (Lead Supervisor: Rebecca Kilner, Zoology)

B329: Palaeontological and developmental approaches for resolving vertebrate phylogenetics and character evolution (Lead Supervisor: Robert Asher, Zoology)

B331: How mothers and early-life factors shape later development: investigating a pervasive phenomenon in an unusual model system (Lead Supervisor: Sinead English, Zoology)

B332: Mother knows best: maternal effects on climate change adaptation in a disease vector (Lead Supervisor: Sinead English, Zoology)

B333: You are what your mother ate: how maternal nutrition impacts offspring health (Lead Supervisor: Sinead English, Zoology)

B334: Slippery surfaces and sticky fluids of carnivorous pitcher plants: biomechanics and ecology (Lead Supervisor: Walter Federle, Zoology)

B335: Host specificity and the role of “wax barriers” in Macaranga-ant mutualisms (Lead Supervisor: Walter Federle, Zoology)