November 28, 2018

Holey hypervolumes! The multivariate geometry of adaptive radiation

Holey hypervolumes! The multivariate geometry of adaptive radiation. We seek a maths, physics or engineering graduate with an interest in biology, or a biologist with good mathematical skills, for an exciting, international, interdisciplinary, collaborative PhD to investigate multidimensional variation in the shape (phenotype) of fish, and the ecological characteristics of the environments they inhabit. The successful candidate will use large existing datasets to develop cutting-edge analyses of multivariate phenotype distributions, ecological variables and the relationships between them, within a phylogenetic context. The student will receive training in advanced mathematical and statistical methods, and in evolutionary biology, including fieldwork in Scotland, and practical training in quantification of morphological phenotypes. The successful candidate will be based in Nottingham, but will visit Arizona State University, USA.

Applicants should have an interest in evolutionary biology and/or ecology and a STRONG NUMERICAL/MATHEMATICAL background. Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or equivalent in a STEM subject (science, technology, engineerings, maths). Candidates with additional (e.g. Masters) qualifications will be looked on favourably.

For further details please contact Dr Andrew MacColl,