PhD Projects

Our training programme is set within a multidisciplinary environment. All Partners are dedicated to developing a multi-, cross- and pan-disciplinary London centre of environmental science doctoral training.

We recognise the need to develop student skills in new subjects and linking research areas between traditional subjects. Each Partner has submitted a selection of PhD projects falling within each research theme.

Below is the list of the exemplar projects available. Students are also invited to develop their own bespoke projects. Click on a column header to sort the table, or use the ‘advanced search’ to search for projects on a particular topic, in a particular research theme, or at a particular institution.

1st Supervisor Inst. Project Title Theme 2nd Supervisor Inst.
Abzhanov, Arkhat NHM Developmental mechanisms controlling skull sutures in evolution of modularity of the vertebrate skull Evolution & Adaptation Goswami, Anjali UCL
Bass, David NHM Developing the eDNA toolkit to meet policy challenges Evolution & Adaptation Brown, Mark RHUL
Brekke, Patricia IOZ Understanding patterns of senescence and their impact on conservation management in free-living populations of hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Evolution & Adaptation Balloux, Francois UCL
Brekke, Patricia IOZ Why do eggs fail? Evolution & Adaptation Balloux, Francois UCL
Clayton, David QMUL Identifying the neural mechanisms underlying colony identity Evolution & Adaptation Wurm, Yannick QMUL
Dessimoz, Christophe UCL Resolving Deep Animal Phylogenies Through Genome-wide Maximum Likelihood Phylogenetic Inference Evolution & Adaptation Telford, Max UCL
dos Reis, Mario QMUL Fossil morphology and genomic data to study species divergences through time. Evolution & Adaptation
Elphick, Maurice QMUL Reconstructing the evolutionary history of neuropeptide signalling in the phylum Echinodermata Evolution & Adaptation Ewin, Tim NHM
Fowler, Kevin UCL Fitness, nutrition and dietary choice in fruitflies Evolution & Adaptation Reuter, Max UCL
Fowler, Kevin UCL Meiotic drive, condition and sexual selection in stalk-eyed flies Evolution & Adaptation Pomiankowski, Andrew UCL
Henry, Lee QMUL The role of symbiosis in the adaptation and diversification of insects Evolution & Adaptation
Lane, Nick UCL The genomic architecture of mitochondria Evolution & Adaptation Jansen, Vincent RHUL
Leadbeater, Elli RHUL Insect cognition: linking “intelligence” to fitness Evolution & Adaptation
Leitch, Andrew QMUL Nitrogen and phosphorus selection on genome size in the British flora Evolution & Adaptation
Mank, Judith UCL The evolution of guppy sex chromosomes, and their role in sexually selected traits Evolution & Adaptation
Oliveri, Paola UCL Evolution of mineralized skeleton in planktonic larvae of echinoderms Evolution & Adaptation
Olson, Peter NHM The role of transcription factor evolution in flatworm parasitism Evolution & Adaptation Stollewerk, Angelika QMUL
Reuter, Max UCL Investigating the genetics and evolution of sexual antagonism Evolution & Adaptation Fowler, Kevin UCL
Riesch, Rüdiger RHUL Examining the processes that generate, maintain, and threaten biological diversity Evolution & Adaptation
Ruban, Alexander QMUL Molecular factors ensuring high adaptability of Hedera helix to the light environment Evolution & Adaptation Leitch, Illa KEW
Ruban, Alexander QMUL Molecular factors ensuring effective adaptability of Hedera to high light. Evolution & Adaptation Leitch, Ilia KEW
Soligo, Christophe UCL Phylogeny, form and function of primate tarsal bones Evolution & Adaptation
Stollewerk, Angelika QMUL Genetics underlying social evolution Evolution & Adaptation Wurm, Yannick QMUL
Ubeda, Franscisco RHUL The common interest of mother and child: the evolution of genomic imprinting Evolution & Adaptation Pomiankowski, Andrew UCL
Underwood, Charlie BBK Mineralisation in the chondrichthyan vertebral column: evolutionary patterns and functional diversity Evolution & Adaptation Johanson, Zerina NHM
Wurm, Yannick QMUL Evolutionary genomics in ants Evolution & Adaptation Rossiter, Stephen QMUL
201 PhD projects available

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