The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentship in Marine Biology - 2017/18

University of Cambridge - Department of Zoology

A Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentship in Marine Biology, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the RCUK rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, is offered at the Department of Zoology (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2017. Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to marine biology.

Please see the below list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects.

  • Some like it hot? How do Antarctic species and ecosystems respond to global warming?
    Supervisors
    : Prof Bill Amos (Department of Zoology) and Prof Lloyd Peck (British Antarctic Survey: BAS). Full description of project here.
  • Love in a cold climate: Understanding the dispersal and genetic structure of an abundant Antarctic topshell Margarella antarctica
    Supervisors: Prof Bill Amos (Department of Zoology) and Prof Lloyd Peck (BAS). Full description of project here.
  • Variation in predation by soft-bodied predators from the tropics to the poles
    Supervisors: Dr David Aldridge (Department of Zoology) and Prof Lloyd Peck (BAS). Full description of project here.
  • What controls animal size in the sea?
    Supervisors: Dr David Aldridge (Department of Zoology) and Prof Lloyd Peck (BAS). Full description of project here.
  • Deciphering the patterns and process of marine bioinvasions.
    Supervisor: Dr David Aldridge
  • There, and back again: range contractions and recolonization of the Red Sea by coral reef fishes during the last glacial.
    Supervisors: Dr Andrea Manica (Department of Zoology) and Dr Moshe Kiflawi, The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences, Israel
  • The limit is the sea, not the sky; the importance of habitat accessibility and preference for understanding seabird distributions and abundance.
    Supervisors: Dr Andrea Manica (Department of Zoology) and Richard Phillips (BAS)
  • Understanding the extinction crisis in the plateau lakes of Yunnan Province, China, a global biodiversity hotspot.
    Supervisor: Dr David Aldridge
  • The systematics, ecology and conservation of Cremnoconchus, freshwater representatives of the marine winkle family (Littorinidae) confined to India.
    Supervisor: Dr Richard Preece

Eligibility:

Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have:

  • at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject
  • two excellent academic references
  • fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University’s entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website.

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful Overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page.

Application procedure:

To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge (following the normal application process) by 4th January 2017.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date.

Interviews are likely to be held in February-March 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology – Graduate Administration team (graduate@zoo.cam.ac.uk)

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