PhD Studentship in Mathematical Ecology at Umeå University, Sweden

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Doctoral Studentship in Scaling up plant branching patterns to individual-level properties: towards a mathematical and statistical theory at Umeå University, Sweden

Study Subject(s):Scaling up plant branching patterns to individual-level properties: towards a mathematical and statistical theory
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: Umeå University, Sweden
Scholarship can be taken at: Sweden

Eligibility:
Prerequisites include either i) 240 ECTS-credits of higher education studies of which 60 should be on an advanced level (Master level), or ii) 120 Swedish (old) credits of higher education studies if they were taken before July 1, 2007. In addition to these general requirements, 90 ECTS credits need to be in the area of computational science (mathematics, mathematical statistics and computer science) of which 30 should be on an advanced level (Master level). Applicants that otherwise, within or outside the country, acquired essentially equivalent knowledge will also qualify.

Scholarship Open for International Students: No

Scholarship Description: We seek a talented and enthusiastic PhD student to work within the project “Scaling up plant branching patterns to individual-level properties: towards a mathematical and statistical theory”. The student will develop and analyze models of plant growth based on generating rules that describe branching. Such rules capture the fractal nature of plant-structure in compact algorithmic form. The student will investigate whether small variations in a canonical generating rule can produce large differences in architecture and plant performance, mirroring those seen in nature. Through this effort, fundamental trade-offs in plant function will be identified. For example, a plant that quickly gains height may be less efficient at intercepting light than a plant emphasizing lateral growth, thus inducing a trade-off between height-growth and light interception. Insight gained will be used to understand the evolution of plant architecture and wood-litter formation.

How to Apply: Online

Scholarship Application Deadline: September 20, 2011

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