University of Exeter offers Fully funded PhD position in Modelling evolutionary and ecological processes in the marine microbial ecosystem, UK
Study Subject(s): Modelling evolutionary and ecological processes in the marine microbial ecosystem
Course Level: PhD
Scholarship Provider: University of Exeter, UK
Scholarship can be taken at: UK
The project will require a strong background in mathematics, computer science, physics, or another numerical discipline. Additional background in molecular biology, microbiology, ecology, evolution, or environmental science would be an advantage, but is not essential.
Scholarship Open for International Students: No
Scholarship Description: A PhD position is available with Dr Hywel Williams in Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter (Streatham Campus, Exeter) to commence October 2011. The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees for three years, plus an annual stipend of £13,590pa for three years.
Microbes (prokaryotes and single-celled eukaryotes) play a central role in the marine carbon cycle, which is of key importance for global climate change. New data from genomics are linking microbial genes to environmental functions, showing that microbial ecology and evolution are tightly linked to ecosystem processes. This understanding should enable better prediction of how marine ecosystems will respond to global change. However, new approaches to modelling marine ecosystems are needed to take advantage of these insights.
We have pioneered an agent-based approach that models the marine microbial food web as a complex adaptive system in which evolutionary, ecological and environmental processes can be studied simultaneously. This method is currently being used to understand selection pressures on microbial growth in different environmental conditions, the evolutionary formation of nutrient recycling loops, and how coevolutionary dynamics of bacteria and bacteriophage affect ecosystem dynamics
How to Apply: Online
Scholarship Application Deadline: 30 June 2011