A Macquarie University High Research Scholarship , Australia

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A Macquarie University High Research Scholarship

Study Subject :  Macroecology and Macroevolution

Employer : Macquarie University

Level : PhD

Research projects may focus on any plant or animal taxonomic group having a substantial fossil record.

The ideal group would also have substantial living diversity and the potential to be studied in the context of both community ecology and systematics. Data to be compiled and synthesised will include two or more of the following :

  • Fossil presence-absence and abundance data to be entered into the Paleobiology Database
  • Similar data for extant communities
  • Ecologically important attributes such as body mass and ecomorphology
  • Phylogenies based either on molecular or morphological data

Topics to be addressed may include mass extinctions, diversity dynamics, latitudinal gradients, community assembly rules, dynamics of evolutionary trends, phylogenetic diversity, calibration of molecular clocks, and comparisons of local and global patterns.

Applicants should have a keen interest in biodiversity and strong skills in quantitative methods. Familiarity with relational databases, programming, and software such as R, PAST, or PAUP would be advantageous.

A Macquarie University High Research Scholarship Application Deadline : 31 January 2011