Research course

Animal Ecology (Environmental Change)

Institution
University of Glasgow · Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Degree

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The environment is changing faster than at any time in recorded history, due to a range of factors including climate change, habitat loss, renewable energy developments, pollution and over-exploitation of natural resources. These changes are having profound effects on biodiversity and human and animal health - and we need to be able to predict the consequences.

Our Institute integrates studies of the effects of environmental change operating at all levels of biological organisation. For instance, at the cellular level we are investigating how environmental conditions influence physiological and molecular processes including metabolism, oxidative damage, telomere loss and the rate of ageing. This is linked to studies of how individual animals and plants cope with environmental fluctuations, and how in turn this influences population dynamics, species interactions (including those between parasites, vectors and their hosts) and community structure. We conduct both short-term experiments and long-term monitoring of wild populations (at a range of field sites including loch and woodland research programmes at SCENE, our field station on the banks of Loch Lomond).
We have many links to other research in the Institute and the wider university. For example:
  • through the effect of environmental conditions on disease transmission or food production
  • through investigation of how animals evolve in the face of changing environments
  • through links with geographers, statisticians and mathematicians in the College of Science and Engineering.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the current list of scholarships.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months

Course contact details