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Evolution and diversity

Work encompassed in this theme focuses on analysing the macro-evolutionary and micro-evolutionary processes which lead to patterns of species-level, sub-specific and genomic diversity.

Headline research projects for this theme:

Disorder in nanoscale ridges on petals has evolved repeatedly and helps attract pollinators. Leads: Beverly Glover and Edwige Moyroud.

Living collections in global botanic garden networks contribute to a global strategy in ex-situ plant conservation. Lead: Sam Brockington.

Species diversification: absolute seed size and the rate of change in seed size were both associated with diversification rates in over 13,000 angiosperm species. Lead: Andrew Tanentzap.

Associated research groups:

Contributing research groups from associated institutions:


Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying to the University's Graduate Funding Competition or other sources of funding.

Potential applicants should always approach the potential Supervisor/Group Leader in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • GFC = Graduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding

 

Title Description
Coomes Group: Using airborne laser scanning to track the impacts of global change on forest ecosystems GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: Winds of change: understanding storm damage to forests in the face of climate change NERC / GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: Getting epidemiological: applications of hyperspectral remote sensing to detecting, predicting and managing the spread of plant diseases NERC / GFC / OTHER
Coomes Group: A hard nut to crack: the evolution, ecology and conservation of tropical oaks NERC / GFC / OTHER
Glover Group: How to spot a daisy (evolution and development of petal spots) NERC / GFC / OTHER
Glover Group: Development of the light-focusing prism cells of California poppy NERC / GFC / OTHER
Henderson Group: Unlocking recombination in plant genomes via epigenetic modification GFC / OTHER
Henderson Group: Understanding interactions between genetic diversity and recombination in plant genomes GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Evolutionary ‘omics of adaptation in environmental microbiomes NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Thawing Arctic: productivity and sources of carbon cycling in small lakes NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Evolution on the wild side: the predictability of adaptation to global change NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: Invisible world: the biogeography of molecular and microbial diversity in European lakes NERC / GFC / OTHER
Tanentzap Group: The role of algae in the Arctic carbon cycle GFC / OTHER

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