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PhD: Eco-evolutionary dynamics of early animals

Project Title

Eco-evolutionary dynamics of early animals


University of Cambridge

Supervisors and Institutions

Emily Mitchell, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge Charlotte Kenchington, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Funding Status

Funding is in competition with other projects and students

Project Description

This project will use theoretical models of Ediacaran communities to investigate taxa life-history traits and use these traits to develop dynamic models of Ediacaran eco-evolutionary dynamics to investigate how difference processes influence Ediacaran evolution. In contrast to modern marine systems, the oldest Ediacaran benthic organisms do not interact much with each other, i.e. resource competition, facilitation and mutualisms are relatively limited. Instead, reproductive dynamics appears key to Ediacaran life. Mechanistic models can be used to investigate these different processes, with the outputs compared to the available data to determine which models best reflect observed diversity patterns, and so which processes are key.

Contact Name

Emily Mitchell

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Closing Date

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Expiry Date

Friday, January 5, 2024
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