PhD Opportunities At Liverpool

Doctoral training with ACCE at the University of Liverpool

The NERC Doctoral Training Partnership ACCE (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment) is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, and York, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. ACCE is the only Doctoral Training Partnership in the UK dedicated to ecology, evolution, and conservation.

We have four research foci:

  1. Securing ecosystem services and environmental resources;
  2. Predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change;
  3. Understanding the dynamics of biodiversity;
  4. Investigating mechanisms of evolutionary change: genes to communities.

In order to address these, we have four cross-cutting training themes:

  1. Quantitative methods and modelling;
  2. Omic technologies;
  3. Field methods;
  4. Impact: knowledge exchange, business and policy.

Students will also be funded to undertake internships outside of their research project to develop a wider skill set. These internships may be with stakeholders, with business, in education, or in a Policy setting.

Application is now closed

The deadline for applications is 9th January 2017, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in the week beginning 13th February 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed for only one project from across the ACCE partnership. However, as some projects have much more applicants than others, we encourage applicants to consider applying for more than one project within ACCE in order to maximise their chances of being interviewed.

For the academic year starting in October 2017, ACCE projects supervised at Liverpool are available at the Institute of Integrative Biology and School of Environmental Sciences.

For more information, or to apply for a project, follow the links below. Information about projects offered by other ACCE partners can be found on the main ACCE website.

ACCE PhD opportunities based at the University of Liverpool


Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

A new approach to non-invasive monitoring of cryptic mammals
Supervisors: Prof Beynon, Prof Morris

Evolutionary ecology of antiparasite defences: integrating genetic, symbiotic and behavioural protection
Supervisors: Prof Hurst, Dr Ferrai, Prof Fenton

Evolutionary interactions between hosts, pathogens, and microbiomes across multiple origins of sociality in Hymenoptera
Supervisors: Dr Barribeau, Prof Hurst

From individual behaviour to population-level transmission: bridging disease ecology scales with the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Supervisors: Prof Fenton, Dr Hodgson

Investigating the mechanisms of animal personality in the face of climate change using sea anemones
Supervisors: Dr Sneddon, Dr Arnold, Prof Beynon

Non-genetic inheritance and local adaptation
Supervisors: Dr Plaistow, Dr Beckerman

Social competition in mammals: Developing and testing hypotheses to investigate how environmental conditions influence behavioural responses to competition within and between social groups
Supervisors: Prof Paula Stockley, Prof Hurst

The evolution of heavy metal tolerance: gene-flow, ecology, and conservation
Supervisors: Dr Whitlock, Dr Donald McIntyre, Dr Saccheri

The ecological genomics of range expansion under climate change in the speckled wood butterfly
Supervisors: Dr Saccheri, Prof Hill, Dr Hodgson

The evolution and biomechanics of body elongation in vertebrates
Supervisors: Dr Bates, Prof Cox

The impact of livestock grazing on the behavioural ecology of African savanna herbivores
Supervisors: Dr Bro-Jorgensen, Dr Beale

The role of space in the evolution of female promiscuity
Supervisors: Dr Cornell, Dr Price

When species can’t keep up: evaluating landscape conservation actions needed under climate change
Supervisors: Dr Hodgson, Dr Botham

Will the impact of juvenile temperatures on fertility alter how species respond to climate change?
Supervisors: Dr Price, Dr Snook

School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool

Are generalist seabirds winners or losers in the Anthropocene?
Supervisors:Dr Green, Dr Jeffreys

Building better models of community dynamics
Supervisors: Dr Spencer, Dr Mieszkowska

Evolutionary history, species interactions, and environmental change in the intertidal zone
Supervisors: Dr Mieszkowska, Dr Webb

Unravelling the functional importance of ants across contrasting African savannas
Supervisors: Dr Parr, Dr Spencer