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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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PhD Opportunities

PhD opportunities are regularly updated on this section of the website. Our department hosts students participating in a number of doctoral training programmes funded by research councils. These programmes as well as other funded opportunities are advertised in this space when applications are open. Interested candidates could also make informal enquiries with individual members of the academic staff throughout the year to express their interest and enquire about potential opportunities for postgraduate research.

BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium

GEE is a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary bioscience research. Our department is part of the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo) and offers an outstanding environment for PhD research. Applications for the 2015 PhD intake through the BBSRC LIDo  are now open.


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The BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium brings together six of the world’s leading academic institutions. The programme covers all levels of biology, from molecules through to cells and whole animal physiology. We are looking for students who are interested in using approaches from different disciplines and scientific areas to address cutting-edge biological problems. This programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. Applications are invited from students with a background in biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical sciences.

See details of illustrative projects offered from GEE supervisors.

For more information about the programme and the application process visit the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium

London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

GEE is a centre of excellence for environmental science research. GEE offers an outstanding environment for NERC-funded PhD training. Applications for the 2015 PhD intake through the London NERC Doctoral Programme are now open.


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The NERC DTP brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. The program adopted an integrated approach to training environmental scientists in ways that cross the boundaries between established disciplines and will train 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years. As well as advanced research training students will receive training in the essential professional and transferable skills needed in today’s society. 

In total the Partnership is offering up to 34 fully funded PhD studentships in the following research themes:

  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology;
  • Earth Dynamics;
  • Environmental Pollution;
  • Natural and Biological Hazards;
  • Past Life and Environments;
  • and the multi-disciplinary Earth-Life System Integration


Details of illustrative projects offered from GEE supervisors.

For details of the application process visit the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

CoMPLEX MRes+PhD in Modelling Biological Complexity

The Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology, CoMPLEX, runs a Doctoral training programme “Modelling Biological Complexity”. This is funded by major grants from the EPSRC and BHF, with additional funding from MRC, BBSRC, NERC, CRUK and UCL. The programme recruits around 15 home and European and Overseas students each year. Training consists of a first MRes year with taught modules and shorter research projects, followed by three years of PhD. All places have funding for fees and stipend.

Applications for the 2015 intake are now open.

UCL Research Scholarships available in Biological Sciences


The Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) invites applications from outstanding students for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships.

GEE is a vibrant research department in a central London location. Our department brings together scientists with shared interests in genetics, bioinformatics, evolution and biodiversity. We use integrative approaches to understand biological systems from theoretical, molecular and systems perspectives.

Candidates should contact a potential supervisor to discuss projects.

Within the department PhD opportunities are in these areas:

  • Biodiversity & Environmental Biology
  • Biology of Ageing
  • Computational Biology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Evolution & Development
  • Human Genetics & Human Evolution
  • Systems Biology
Candidates, from any country, with an excellent background in a relevant science (first or high upper second class BSc degree, minimum) are invited to apply. Full details (including downloadable application form & guidance documents) at:

UK & EU Students
International Students

GEE can nominate two applicants to be considered for UCL's Research Scholarships schemes.

How to Apply

Applications to be sent to: Dr Julia Day or Dr Lazaros Foukas Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment
, University College London, 
Darwin Building, 
Gower Street,
 London WC1E 6BT

Deadline 

Friday 16 January 2015

Fully-funded 4-year PhD studentship on morphological evolution and modularity in tetrapods

Project Description:
Morphological variation is the foundation of evolutionary theory, but the basic influences on morphological variation are still poorly understood.  Developmental interactions are often discussed as a major control on variation, but direct analysis of this hypothesis has been hindered by the lack of quantitative comparative data.  Similarly, robust analyses analysing both extrinsic and intrinsic influences on morphological evolution are often limited by data availability.

Using advanced biological imaging techniques (CT- and laser scanning) combined with surface-based 3-D morphometrics, this study will build on existing work in mammals by providing the first broad comparative data on modularity and disparity of skulls, jaws and limbs for living and fossil tetrapods.  The PhD studentship will focus on one of the major non-mammalian clades, such as lissamphibians or reptiles, clades with incredible diversity in reproductive strategies, ecology and morphology.  This project will require extensive international travel for data collection, as well as running analyses and possibly writing new code in R. In combination with existing data from an ontogenetic sequence of Xenopus, and juvenile and adult neontological and paleontological specimens of mammals, this project will produce a robust analysis of the relationships among modularity, morphological disparity, evolutionary rates and how each of these responds to major life history and ecological transitions as well as large-scale btic and environmental events. 

In addition to training in biological imaging and quantitative analyses, there will be opportunities for international palaeontological fieldwork during the course of this project.

Details of how to apply can be found on find-a-phd.com

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