Research project topics

Some examples of recent/possible topics for research projects include:

Natural History Museum

  • 3D computational modelling of locomotor muscle moment arms in a bipedal ornithopod dinosaur: implications for ornithischian dinosaur locomotion.
  • How robust is the Tree of Life based on SSU rRNA genes?
  • Interaction of oil-collecting bees and their host-plants in South Africa – is there a geographical mosaic of co-evolution?
  • The impact of the rise of the Himalaya on the plant diversity of SouthEast Asia
  • Diversification of seed-free land plants under climate fluctuations: Polyploidy, reproductive biology, and cryptic species
  • Genes and genomes in parasitic flatworms: understanding their diversity and evolution through comparative approaches
  • Eukaryotic diversity in ground water boreholes: an isolated and specialised community?
  • Ecological and phylogenetic signals from weevil proventriculus morphology: dead wood or the tree of life?
  • Assessing the composition of insect communities with next-generation sequencing methods
  • Interaction of oil-collecting bees and their host-plants in South Africa – is there a geographical mosaic of co-evolution?
  • The evolution of colour in subterranean amphibians
  • The role of parasites in conservation.  

UCL

Projects are in the Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment

  • Primate extinction dynamics: ecological responses to past human impacts in China
  • Cope's rule and big islands: body size evolution in Diprotodontia
  • Specialization, shape, and survivorship: which mammals are built to last?
  • Plants and climate change: the effect of temperature on life-history traits
  • Ecology of Lake Tanganyika fish radiations
  • Patterns of sperm competition in stalk-eyed flies
  • Phenotypic and molecular correlates of sex-specific fitness in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Evolution of larval forms: insights from echinoderm larval skeleton
  • Analysing genetic and phenotypic diversity in fission yeast

Institute of Zoology

  • Reconstructing the ecology and niche breadth of extinct island rodents - implications for understanding extinction processes and restoration of island ecosystems.
  • Phylogeography of critically endangered Chinese giant salamanders - using historical museum samples to identify evolutionarily significant populations for conservation.
  • Species concepts and species diversity in extinct Caribbean mammals using morphometric analysis.