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Department of Plant Sciences

 

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

 

Title Description
Brockington Group: Defining the Evolutionary Mechanisms Underlying a Novel Eukaryotic Gene Cluster

NERC / UF / OTHER

Brockington Group: Understanding the Rules of Convergent Evolution

NERC / UF / OTHER

Brockington Group: Why Do Plants Accumulate Animal-type Neurotransmitters?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: *Priority CASE Project* Restoring Scotland’s Native Woodlands: Understanding Benefits and Constraints Using the Cairngorms Connect Landscape Restoration Project

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: A Hard Nut to Crack: The Evolution, Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Oaks

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: Will Forests Be Effective Nature-based Solutions as the World’s Climate Changes?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Development of the light-focusing prism cells of California poppy

NERC / UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Iridescence in flowers – how and why?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Henderson Group: Mapping and Remodeling the Recombination Landscape in Chlamydomonas

UF / OTHER

Henderson Group: Understanding interactions between genetic diversity and recombination in plant genomes

UF / OTHER

Henderson Group: Unlocking recombination in plant genomes via epigenetic modification

UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: *Priority CASE Project* Sensing Natural Climate Solutions: Are Forests Leaking Carbon into Receiving Waters?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Chemical Diversity in Dissolved Organic Matter - Does it Stay or Does it Go?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Exploring the role of fungi in mediating crop-weed interactions

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Invisible world: the biogeography of molecular and microbial diversity in European lakes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Thawing Arctic: productivity and sources of carbon cycling in small lakes

NERC / UF / OTHER