Our program is actively recruiting MRes and PhD students. Here are some potential projects you might consider working on.
John Alroy's group
Students in my group usually work on some aspect of biodiversity and/or extinction and take a quantitative approach. Data collection usually involves compilation of published data and measurement of museum specimens. Examples of projects include:
- Inferring the diet, locomotion, body mass, or general ecomorphology of a major vertebrate group from dental, cranial, or skeletal measurements.
- Quantifying alpha, beta, and gamma diversity in a Recent group using published data that are typically global.
- Computing diversity, speciation rate, and extinction rate curves for a fossil group and relating them to environmental and biotic factors, again using published data.
- Inferring the probability of extinction of Recent or fossil organisms by examining sighting records.
See my lab page for more details, including a thesis project cookbook.
Matthew Kosnik's group
My research students typically use biomineralised marine organisms and assess changes through time, across space or between taxa. They mainly work on one or two of the topics that I am most interested in:
- Taphonomy - using live-dead, experimental or observational approaches to quantify the probability of an organism being preserved in the fossil record.
- Time-averaging - primarily using calibrated amino-acid racemization approaches to quantify the finest possible temporal resolution that a sedimentary sample can yield.
- Drilling predation - using dead shell collections, experimental and/or observational approaches to assess changes in predation through time, across space and/or between taxa.
- Mollusc growth - using dead shell collections, experimental and/or observational approaches to assess changes in shell growth through time, across space and/or between taxa.
- Community composition - using live and dead shell collections to assess changes in community composition through time and/or across space.