Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New PhD Studentship opportunity in Comparative Ecological Genomics

A competitive four-year, fully-funded studentship will be available through the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Doctoral Training Programme to study comparative ecological genomics of Scottish freshwater salmonid fishes with Kathryn Elmer and Colin Adams.

Details are available at:

Under the section "Food Security (Crop Science and Animal Health)" and see the project entitled:
"Comparative ecological genomics of environmental heterogeneity"

The competition is open to all UK students and EU nationals who reside in the UK.

Deadline is Friday 16 January 2015

Please see the website for details on the CMVLS-DTP.

All interested candidates should please contact Kathryn Elmer in advance of the deadline.

Project Summary
Comparative ecological genomics of environmental heterogeneity
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors influence a population’s contemporary patterns of diversity and the adaptive potential of biodiversity. Quantifying the relative influence of those various factors is a major effort in biology; it is fundamental to the mechanisms behind, and speed of, the potential for adaptive evolution of morphological, ecological, and genetic variability. Such patterns and processes have major implications for a range of issues in biomedical and biodiversity sciences.

This project will use advanced ecological genomics approaches in a rigorous comparative framework to assess the historical and contemporary patterns of diversity in Britain’s salmonid fishes. Based on field collections, cutting edge genotyping-by-sequences approaches will be used to infer the extent and organisation of genomic variability. The relative roles of environmental heterogeneity, morphological diversity, and genome-wide genetic diversity will be compared in a multispecies synthesis. The outcome will be a predictive framework for environmental heterogeneity in genomic and morphological evolutionary processes.

Salmonid fishes are of high economic, conservation, and natural history importance for Britain, but to date no relationship between environmental, genetic, and eco-morphological variability has been identified. Such a link is of key importance to preservation of biodiversity, its habitats, and food security of Scotland’s wild sustenance fisheries.

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