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PhD Biological Sciences: Investigating Cryptic Speciation in the Beadlet Sea Anemone Actinia Equina

University of Plymouth

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship is supported for 3.5 years and includes a stipend from £18,622 per annum (2023-24 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th October 2023
Closes: 10th January 2024

DoS: Dr Sarah Lane (sarah.lane@plymouth.ac.uk)

2nd Supervisor: Dr Chiara Boschetti (chiara.boschetti@plymouth.ac.uk)

3rd Supervisor: Dr Nicola Foster (nicola.foster@plymouth.ac.uk)

Applications are invited for a 3.5 years PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 01 October 2024

Project Description

Scientific background:

Organisms inhabiting the intertidal zone experience stressors from both the aquatic and aerial environments they straddle, providing an “early warning system” for the impacts of climate change. However, our ability to monitor changes in these communities is hampered by our lack of knowledge surrounding the genetic diversity of their inhabitants, in particular due to the presence of cryptic species which are morphologically identical.

The beadlet anemone Actinia equina is one of the most common animals found along the UK’s rocky shores, but despite becoming a model system for research across a range of fields, knowledge about its basic biology is severely lacking. Once assumed to be a single species, A. equina is now thought to represent a cryptic species complex, but to date only one “cryptic” species has been identified in UK populations. Furthermore, there is debate as to whether “cryptic” species within this complex can actually be identified by body colour due to the diverse phenotype of A. equina.

This project aims to increase our understanding of intertidal biodiversity by systematically examining the genetic structure of A. equina populations along the South West coast and exploring their responses to environmental stresses relevant to climate change.

Methodology:

The project will involve; (1) systematic surveys of A. equina populations; (2) the use of survey software to compile spatial distribution maps; (3) verification of the existence of cryptic species using molecular and bioinformatics analyses; (4) lab experiments to characterise differences between morphs in behavioural and physiological responses to environmental stressors.

Training:

The student will gain training in a range of different laboratory techniques (including molecular, physiological and behavioural analyses), alongside species distribution mapping using GIS. They will develop communication and networking skills, with the opportunity to attend research group meetings across the wider school, present data at international conferences, and engage in outreach activities.

Person specification:

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a degree in a relevant biological subject, an interest in the field and relevant experience in molecular ecology. A positive attitude towards problem solving, independence and initiative are essential, experience with GIS, R and bioinformatics is desirable.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Sarah Lane, sarah.lane@plymouth.ac.uk.

Eligibility and Funding

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Please clearly state the name of the studentship that you are applying for on the top of your personal statement.

Please see here for a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please visit our How to Apply for a Research Degree webpage or contact the Doctoral College.

The closing date for applications on 10th January 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview after the deadline. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.  Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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