Our research centre has wide-ranging interests in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour. Specific research areas include:
- Aquatic ecology (e.g. biodiversity - ecosystem functioning, ecology of groundwaters and hyporheic zones, energy flow and food webs, climate change).
- The evolutionary processes generating and maintaining diversity, particularly in fish systems.
- Ecology of soil fauna such as springtails.
- Whole animal behavioural physiology with a focus on animal adaptations that enhance energetic efficiency.
- Animal behaviour, focussing on how ecology, evolution and domestication have shaped social behaviour, cognition and vocal communication in animals.
- Self-organization in biological systems, collective animal behaviour and collective intelligence in group-living animals.
Staff in CREEB are highly collaborative, both within the Centre and externally, resulting in a dynamic and vibrant research group, supported by excellent specialist resources and facilities. We welcome enquiries about our research including from prospective research students.
The department has a strong research environment and its high calibre research staff are well qualified to mentor students to a successful PhD. They have a wide range of expertise and are engaged in collaborative work with researchers, both within the University and at other institutions and organisations, in the UK and abroad. Excellent research facilities, with well-equipped specialist labs and diverse fieldwork opportunities, make this a stimulating environment to work and study in.
There are a broad range of PhD opportunities available in each of the research centres, with a number of internally and externally funded PhD studentships. Please see here for available PhD projects. PhD students are an integral part of the department - attending regular research seminars and research centre meetings, engaging in teaching activities and giving conference presentations in both the UK and abroad.
Our research and postgraduate training programmes are always developing, and we welcome enquiries from potential PhD students. For more information on PhD opportunities in Life Sciences please contact Dr Emma Skipper (attaching your CV) and see our graduate school page. We look forward to hearing from you.