The Palaeoecosystems group is currently expanding. We are recruiting individuals with an interest in pursuing an undergraduate internships or summer projects; Masters by Research; or PhDs. We are also looking to attract postdoctoral fellows whose research interests complement those of the group.
Masters by Research
We welcome applications from undergraduate students looking to undertake MScR training.
Potential projects include:
- Hyoliths and the Pace of the Cambrian Explosion (M. Smith)
- Bigger, Badder Wolves or Larger Portion Sizes? Escalation of Predation through Geological Time (M. Smith)
- Preservation of Permian fishes from the Marl Slate of County Durham (D. Harper & S. Jones)
- Did Biology or Physics Sculpt the Plates of Cambrian Lobopodians? (M. Smith)
Applications are due in early April, though we may be able to consider self-funded applicants after this date. Durham and external undergraduates may be eligible for the Stephen Mills Scholarship (April deadline: apply here).
Funded PhD projects are typically advertised in Autumn with an application deadline in January. The following projects were listed for 2019 entry, though the deadline for Iapetus funding has now passed.
- Integrating Palaeontological Data in Phylogenetic Analysis – Developing a Principled Statistical Model and Bioinformatic Software for Morphological Evolution
- An Information-Theoretic Measure of Tree Similarity: Testing Models for Reconstructing Evolutionary History
We welcome enquiries from students who have obtained independent sources of funding. Further details are available here.
We invite potential Postdoctoral Fellowships with compatible research interests to join the Palaeoecosystems group, and welcome the opportunity to support any potential applications. Besides national and international schemes (e.g. NERC/Leverhulme/Royal Society), Durham offers Addison Wheeler Fellowships and, for applicants not currently resident in the UK, Junior Research Fellowships.
A range of undergraduate-level research projects are available for Durham and non-Durham students who wish to gain palaeontological experience. Bursaries may be available from the Palaeontological Association (Deadline: late February).