Students


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First cohort

Alun Jones

Alun Jones

The University of Sheffield

I am interested in marine ecology and biodiversity, and conserving marine ecosystems in the face of mounting anthropogenic threats, including climate change, pollution and overfishing. I am also interested in innovative and interesting methods of data analysis and visualisation

Alexander Askew

Alexander Askew

The University of Sheffield

My research interests include ancient communities of organisms and their applicability to studies of palaeoecology and palaeoenvironments.

Amy Leedale

Amy Leedale

The University of Sheffield

My research interests focus on social behaviour in birds. I want to know how individuals make adaptive social decisions and how this impacts individual fitness. I also have interests in sexual selection, animal signalling, cognition and learning.

Alexandre Thiery

Alexandre Thiery

The University of Sheffield

As an evolutionary developmental biologist I am interested in the developmental basis of natural diversity. I study the homology of the developmental regulatory systems between species and how small changes to the molecular developmental pathways give rise to novel evolutionary structures.

Ali Allen

Ali Allen

The University of Liverpool

My research interests include morphological and locomotor evolution of all primates, but particularly the hominidae family. Additionally I have a strong interest in modern functional biomechanics of both healthy and clinical populations.

Chloe Heys

Chloe Heys

The University of Liverpool

Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, Biology, Gut Microbiota, and Sexual Selection

Christopher A. Griffiths

Christopher A. Griffiths

The University of Sheffield

I am interested in marine ecology and biodiversity, and conserving marine ecosystems in the face of mounting anthropogenic threats, including climate change, pollution and overfishing. I am also interested in innovative and interesting methods of data analysis and visualisation.

Emma Curran

Emma Curran

The University of Sheffield

My main interests lie in evolutionary genetics, particularly the genetic underpinnings of convergent evolution, genetic constraints to evolution and the evolution of complex traits.

Fran Falcini

Fran Falcini

The University of York

I am interested in using remote sensing techniques to aid our understanding of glacier behaviour. Currently I am focused on researching surface roughness at the bed of palaeo-ice streams. During my MSc I studied the effect of ice shelf collapse on feeder glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Geoffrey Richards

Geoffrey Richards

The University of York

The aim of my work is to better constrain the Holocene sea-level history of Wales and use these data, in conjunction with existing data, to refine current GIA models and improve predictions of future RSL change for the United Kingdom. This involves groundwater monitoring and modelling of enclosed, coastal freshwater wetlands. The palaeoecology of these sites is also of great importance and informs predictions on future ecological impacts.

Gail Stride

Gail Stride

The University of York

I am interested in the effects of forest fragmentation and selective logging on the communities of tropical trees found within forest fragments, with a particular focus on loss of Dipterocarp trees from lowland forest fragments surrounded by oil palm plantations in SE Asia

Greg Rushby

Greg Rushby

The University of Sheffield

I’m a geomorphologist with an interest in the interaction between humans and coastal and catchment environments. In particular I am interested in the role sedimentary archives play in informing climate change adaptation and environmental management in such settings

Garrath Leighton

Garrath Leighton

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Sophie Macaulay

Sophie Macaulay

The University of Liverpool

Comparative anatomy of the musculoskeletal system in extant vertebrates, the biomechanics behind its function in locomotion, and its applications in palaeobiology to examine the functional anatomy of extinct taxa. Currently working on extant archosaurs (crocodilians and birds)

James Probert

James Probert

The University of Liverpool

Fire is ubiquitous in African savannahs and is one of the most common management activities undertaken in African protected areas. Savannahs are highly dynamic systems and fire is a critical component of their ecology, fires alter how herbivores use the landscape and alter grazing pressure as a result. In turn, herbivores can remove grass that would otherwise burn and modify or prevent fire spread across the landscape. Understanding the environmental conditions and fire characteristics which attract or disperse herbivores and the interactions between fire and grazing is therefore critical to successfully managing savannah ecosystems. My project seeks to address gaps in our knowledge of fire ecology through a large scale experiment in the Serengeti ecosystem of East Africa and ultimately we hope to be able to provide information to land managers on how best to manage fire in their systems.

Joli Borah

Joli Borah

The University of Sheffield

Biodiversity and conservation, ecology and evolution

Olivia Hicks

Olivia Hicks

The University of Liverpool

The effects of environmental change on wild populations are underpinned by variability within and between individual animals. Many species exhibit reproductive skew with some individuals consistently successful and others unsuccessful. Recent work has illustrated the critical role of parasitism in this process. Our understanding of how parasitism interacts with intrinsic drivers and environmental conditions to determine breeding performance can be greatly improved by considering energetics, since nearly all life-history processes can be quantified through their impacts on rates of energy use and gain. By doing so we can predict how populations will respond to anthropogenic changes to their environment

Pragya Chaube

Pragya Chaube

The University of Sheffield

Evolutionary biology, molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, speciation, and adaptation

Rebecca Senior

Rebecca Senior

The University of Sheffield

My PhD investigates some of the potential interactions between land-use change and climate change in the tropics, and the subsequent impacts on biodiversity. This includes using a thermal imaging camera and dataloggers to ask whether selective logging in Borneo has affected the availability of microclimates, and also using remotely sensed data to assess tropical forest connectivity under climate change.

Rosanna Wright

Rosanna Wright

The University of York

I am interested in the interactions between bacteria and the viruses which infect them, known as phages. My current research involves a mixture of network analysis and experimental evolution to examine the interactions between bacteria and phages in natural communities.

Rachelle Martyn

Rachelle Martyn

The University of York

My primary interest is the use of bulk and single compound stable isotope analysis to assess diet and trophic change throughout the archaeological record. For my undergraduate dissertation I undertook a Palaeodietary study of victims of Vesuvius (AD 79) discovered at Herculaneum. As a continuation of this, my MSc thesis applied Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) to assess the diagenetic effects of the intense heating of bone (particularly the context of volcanic deposition at Herculaneum), and how this may affect organic collagen and subsequent biomolecular analysis.

Rob Goodsell

Rob Goodsell

The University of Sheffield

Using quantitative methods to understand biodiversity and population dynamics:
i) Understanding the effect of agricultural management on dynamics and diversity of arthopod assemblages using metabarcoding;
ii) Early warning signals as predictors of critical transitions and population extinctions.

Rhiannon Bolton

Rhiannon Bolton

The University of Liverpool

My research interests encompass environmental and adaptive factors that affect fertility, reproductive endocrinology, behaviour and therefore impact upon welfare and species survival.

Richard Howells

Richard Howells

Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
I have a lifelong affinity with and passion for ornithology. I am primarily interested in breeding biology and the environmental drivers of variation in reproductive output.

Rachael Treharne

Rachael Treharne

The University of Sheffield

I’m interested in the changes to ecosystem structure and function induced by anthropogenic pressures, and how these changes may feedback to global climate. I also have a strong interest in Arctic ecosystems, which are experiencing rapid change and have a critical role in global climate.

Sophia Whitlock

Sophia Whitlock

The University of York

I am interested in whether pharmaceuticals in the environment are able to elicit ecologically relevant effects in higher vertebrates such as birds, thereby posing a risk to these organisms. I have a particular interest in the behavioural consequences of pharmaceutical exposure.

Vincent Keenan

Vincent Keenan

The University of Liverpool

My research interests are in population dynamics with an emphasis on range expansions, life history trade-offs, and dispersal. I use mathematics and models to make predictions about populations. I have general mathematical interests in dynamical systems and differential equations. I’m also passionate about playing and watching football, I can also sketch a bit, insects are my main focus.

Second cohort

Adam Fisher

Adam Fisher

The University of Liverpool

I am interested in all aspects of animal behaviour. In particular I am interested in the effects of sexual conflict at both the individual and population level.

Alice Trevail

Alice Trevail

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Adrian Dye

Adrian Dye

The University of York

The evolution of cold environments with changes in climate is often difficult to quantify due to the lack of data, despite the influence on global climate and sea level. I am particularly interested in using remote sensing of satellite imagery to investigate changes in permafrost and glaciers, with ground truthing wherever possible! My MSc thesis focused on mapping ice cored moraine and rock glaciers in Arctic Sweden. I am currently investigating the influence of proglacial lakes on glacier melt rates in Sweden and Norway.

Caitlin Higgott

Caitlin Higgott

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Cagla Stevenson

Cagla Stevenson

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Eleanor Jones

Eleanor Jones

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

James Atherton

The University of Liverpool

We are very sad to say that Jim passed away in May 2016. He was much loved by his peers and will be sorely missed

Joanne Griffin

Joanne Griffin

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

John Jackson

John Jackson

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Lucy Ryan

Lucy Ryan

The University of York

I have a background in habitat management and avian ecology, which drives my interest in my PhD project ‘The effects of peatland restoration on the European Nightjar’. Having worked for 4 years in habitat management, I understand the need for evidence based management to drive what we do on the ground.
My PhD project will explore the effects of restoration work on nightjar breeding and foraging on the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. I will also be integrating some non-invasive genetic analysis to explore nightjar diet, with the University of Liverpool.

Lucie Queste

Lucie Queste

The University of York

My main interests lie in Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Genomics. More specifically, I aim to understand the roles of genes, ecology and their interaction in speciation using a combination of experimental field work, molecular lab work, and bioinformatics. My project will investigate the evolution of flight and wing shape in mimetic Heliconius butterfly species.

Martin Garlovsky

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Mike Kelland

Mike Kelland

The University of Sheffield

I am interested in assessing the feasibility, efficacy, risks and co-benefits associated with climate intervention measures proposed to counteract anthropogenic climate change.

My Ph.D. project will investigate a recently proposed strategy, terrestrial enhanced weathering, which could potentially be used to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and offset ocean acidification.

Mike Massam

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Melanie Brien

Melanie Brien

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on the evolution of structural colour in Heliconius butterflies. These butterflies exhibit a range of different colour patterns but only a small number of races have iridescent colour on their wings.
I aim to measure phenotypic variation and determine the genes involved in controlling this. I am also interested in the functions of iridescence and will look at its role in mating behaviour.

Olivia Richardson

Olivia Richardson

The University of Sheffield

My research interests lie in applied ecology and conservation, and how ecological evidence can be used in policy and practice. My Ph.D. focuses on using a biodiversity and ecosystem service approach to managing roadside habitats.

Ryan Marek

Ryan Marek

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Kassandra Reuss-Schmidt

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Rosie Lennon

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Roberto Padovani

Roberto Padovani

The University of York

I am an ecologist and entomologist seeking to better understand the ecological and evolutionary ‘rules’ that govern the accumulation of species in anthropogenic novel environments. Non-native plants in Britain function as anthropogenic novel environments for herbivorous insects. By investigating the phylogenetic, temporal, and geographical mechanisms underlying the accumulation of insects on non-native plants I hope to gain an insight into the effects of the Anthropocene on local and regional scale biodiversity.

Shaun Keegan

Shaun Keegan

The University of Liverpool

I am interested in the nature of disease transmission in the context of the heterogeneities of populations, arising from the spatial distribution of individuals and how these affect infection risk by parasites with different transmission modes. Additionally, I have an interest in the community ecology of parasites. To what extent do parasites compete? Are there mutualisms that support transmission?

Stephanie Law

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Tamora James

Tamora James

The University of Sheffield

My research focuses on developing modelling approaches that can be used to guide the conservation of vulnerable and endangered populations. This involves understanding both the demographic processes that influence population extinction risk and recovery, and the social and economic decision-making processes that underpin conservation management.

Third cohort

Adam Bakewell

Adam Bakewell

The University of York

I’m interested in large-scale patterns that cause diversity in animal phenotypes. I use phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the effects of different traits. Past projects have included the relationship between male care and sperm competition in mammals, the evolution of delayed implantation in mammals, and I’m now conducting the first large-scale investigation of life histories across the whole insect class.

Ambrose McCarron

Ambrose McCarron

The University of Sheffield

I am interested in the marine sedimentary record of the North-West Pacific and what it can teach us about glacial change on the Kamchatka peninsula during the late Pleistocene. Through a combination of marine core stratigraphic analysis, ocean-iceberg modeling, tephrochronology and geochemistry, I hope to unravel the complex interactions between ice sheet change and regional volcanism.

Andrew McCracken

The University of Sheffield

I work with the Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) acquiring and analysing demographic data of mortality, with the aim of elucidating quantitative trait loci (QTL) implicated in ageing phenotypes. My large-scale experiments, utilising the inbred, homogenous DGRP allow of a precise delineation of age-related increases in mortality risk – ageing – across the panel. This, hitherto unrivalled, clarity of mortality curvature will be used in high-powered statistical analyses (GWAS) for genotype-phenotype mapping, in an effort to better understand the evolutionary biology of ageing.

Charlotte Bartleet-Cross

Charlotte Bartleet-Cross

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Caitlin Nagle

Caitlin Nagle

The University of Sheffield

I am a PhD student at The University of Sheffield studying sea level change through diatom analysis.The project is collaborating between the Archaeology Department at Sheffield University and the Environment Department at York, as well as the CASE partner RCAHMW.

I have a BSc in Archaeological Science and an MSc in Environmental Archaeology from the University of Sheffield. I worked as a research assistant at UCC in Cork for the project Seeing Beyond the Site studying pollen analysis.

Dominic Burns

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Emma Lewington

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Emily Waddell

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Graham Rush

Graham Rush

The University of York

I am interested in past environmental changes, reconstructing these, and their relevance to current and future climate change. Of particularly interest is the role of the flux between ice and water within the climate system.

Holly Coombes

The University of Liverpool

My main intrests are in the evolution of soical behaviour, particularly in relation to cooperation and mate choice. My PhD focuses on social recoginition in mammals, specifically looking at the evolution of identity signals, used for both individual and kin recognition, in mammalian scent marks.

Giacomo D'Ammando

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Joanne Stonehouse

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Kayleigh Gallagher

The University of Liverpool

My research interests lie in community ecology and the interspecific interactions between parasites and pathogens within an individual host. I am mainly interested in the indirect interactions between helminths and virus via the host’s immune system, and how this effects individual health and population-level disease spread. My Ph.D. project will focus on understanding and modelling the causes and consequences of helminth-virus interactions in the wild.

Katie Threadgill

The University of York

I am interested in landscape-scale conservation, in particular in how we reconcile the needs for food security and biodiversity protection within the context of a changing environment. My project focuses on whether agri-environment schemes may be useful for improving habitat connectivity between protected areas for range-shifting species as the climate warms.

Martha Gibson

Martha Gibson

The University of Sheffield

Palynology, Micropalaeontology, Invertebrate Palaeontology, Sedimentology, Palaeoecology, and Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction.

Megan Hasoon

The University of York

No biographical info given.

Rory Cooper

Rory Cooper

The University of Sheffield

I am studying the evolution and development of shark scales, in an attempt to elucidate their role in achieving drag reduction during locomotion.

Simran Aujla

The University of Sheffield

No biographical info given.

Susannah Fleiss

Susannah Fleiss

The University of York

I am interested in the impacts of global change on ecosystems, particularly on tropical forests, and how science may inform policy to provide the best outcomes for people and biodiversity.

Stephanie Harris

Stephanie Harris

The University of Liverpool

No biographical info given.

Vanessa Berrie

The University of York

No biographical info given.