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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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Understanding Catfish Colonisation and Diversification in The Great African Lakes

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:29:42 +0000

Why some regions or habitats contain vast, diverse communities of species, whilst others contain only relatively few species, continues to be the subject of scientific research attempting to understand the processes and conditions that allow and adaptive radiation. The Great African Lakes exist as freshwater ‘islands’, with spectacularly high levels of biodiversity and endemism. They […]

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Sex Differentiation Begins During Early Development

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:04:57 +0000

Males and females look different from each other, and these sexual dimorphisms are the result, largely, of sex differences in the expression of certain genes. Typically, scientists have studied sexual dimorphism in sexually mature adult animals, as this is the lifestage where differences are most apparent. However, many sex-specific phenotypes arise from sex-biased development, so […]

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Extinction and Species Declines:Defaunation in the Anthropocene

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:35:52 +0000

We are in the grips of a mass extinction. There have been mass extinctions throughout evolutionary history, what makes this one different is that we’re the ones causing it. A recent review paper from GEE’s Dr Ben Collen discusses the current loss of biodiversity and suggests that our main concerns are species and population declines, […]

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Evolving Endemism in East Africa’s Sky Islands

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:16:32 +0000

The World’s biodiversity is not evenly distributed. Some regions are hot spots for species richness, and biologists have been trying better to understand why these regions are special and what drives evolution and diversification. A recent paper by GEE’s Dr Julia Day and recent PhD graduate Dr Siobhan Cox, investigated the diversification of White-Eye Birds […]

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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 Biosciences PhD Consortium and offers an outstanding environment for PhD research. Applications for the 2014 PhD intake through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)  are now closed. The BBSRC LIDo recruits new PhD students annually.  Invitations for applications will be advertised here when 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 2014 PhD intake through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)  are now closed. The London NERC DTP recruits new PhD students annually. Invitations for applications will be advertised here when open.

NERC

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.

Individual PhD Studentships 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 

currently closed

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