An opportunity is available for a doctoral student to work on sexual selection and evolution in pipefish in the School of Biological Sciences.
The student will be fully funded for three years, and will have the opportunity to conduct field, laboratory, and computational research.
My group studies how and why complex traits and behaviours evolve, with a focus on sexually selected traits. We use a number of different methods to address these broad questions: studies of relevant traits and selection on those traits; genomic studies of signatures of selection; and theoretical simulation studies.
The immediate focus of the lab concerns uncovering the evolutionary processes that have shaped the sexually dimorphic traits in the wide-bodied pipefish, a native species to New Zealand.
This position offers the flexibility for the doctoral student to decide on the direction of their studies within the framework of my research programme.
See here for more information.
Dr Sarah Flanagan, PhD
Lecturer School of Biological Sciences
Congratulations to UC doctoral students Jonathan Dash and Trevor Best, who have been named recipients of the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI)’s Postgraduate Science Scholarship for 2018.
As doctoral students, the total value of their scholarship will be up to $50,000 to support their primary industry research.
For Jonathan this means funding to assist his research on developing automated methods for the detection and monitoring of wilding pines using remotely sensed data.
And for Trevor the money will be used to fund his research on stress in forestry workers.
For more about this year’s scholarship recipients, see the Government’s media release here>
UC is well known for its research reputation, and the excellence and quality of UC’s research is showcased in the annual Research Report | Kimihia Te Mea Ngaro.
Although only a small selection, the excellence and quality of UC’s research can be seen through research stories gathered from our activities during the 2017 year, with an emphasis on the work of our doctoral students, the support and collaboration they have with their supervisors, and how this world-class learning environment contributes to their success.
Showcased on the cover of the 2017 Research Report is fourth-year doctoral student Rabia Ijaz, who interviewed representatives from over 30 small-to-medium enterprises in the Greater Christchurch area to find out more about their experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Her research revealed three major features of survival and success, which may provide practical advice for others:
- Strong social capital through extended networks
- Adaptive coping – the ability to adjust to change
- An optimistic mind set
“With these elements business owners could foster an attitude that allowed them to take risks, think strategically, learn from their mistakes and importantly, they could develop and grow their network.”
For all this and much more, read the 2017 Research Report here.
These new scholarships aim to encourage doctoral students to publish aspects of their research during their doctorate.
Criteria and guidelines
- Scholarships are available only to non-College of Engineering doctoral students enrolled at UC. The College of Engineering is introducing its own scheme, and so Engineers will not be covered by this scholarship.
- The doctoral student must be the first author of the publication.
- Scholarships will be to the value of $500 per publication.
- Publications must be published before the student’s Oral Doctoral exam and their institutional address must be UC.
- The publication must be searchable in SCOPUS (or an approved citation database).
- A student may receive more than one scholarship.
- Scholarship applications can be made at any time up to the students Oral examination.
- Scholarships will be paid directly to the student for their own use.
- The doctoral student applies in writing to the Dean of Postgraduate Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) with proof of acceptance of the publication and its reference in SCOPUS or other appropriate database.
The Senior Supervisor provides written confirmation of the acceptance of the publication and the contributions made by the student.
Do you know a doctoral student who may benefit from this? Encourage them to apply today.