***Cosupervising a project led by Tim Fawcett at the main Exeter campus** 

We are looking for a suitable candidate for a 4-year PhD project investigating the factors influencing winner and loser effects on competitive performance, as part of this year’s BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership. This interdisciplinary project bridges evolutionary biology and sports science and will be based with me (as the main supervisor) in the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter (http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/research/centres/crab/). Co-supervision will be provided by Prof. Alastair Wilson (Biosciences, Univ. Exeter), Dr Rachel Arnold (Department of Health, Univ. Bath) and Dr Mark Wilson (Sport & Health Sciences, Univ. Exeter).

The project is one of several competing for funding within the SWBio DTP. More details about the project, eligibility requirements and how to apply are available at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2771.


Funded studentships (usually BBSRC or NERC) to study with me at Exeter will be flagged here each Autumn. Note I am more likely to develop applications for these studentships with input from a well qualified candidate who wants to join us! Potential applicants to the group are therefore strongly encouraged to contact me to discuss their interest at any time. Please drop me an e-mail with a CV and brief statement of your research interests.

If you have access to other funding to support PhD studies and you think you might like to work with us then do get in touch.

Postdocs & fellows

I currently have no funded positions open but  am always happy to discuss potential applications (e.g., RCUK, Marie Curie fellowships, Leverhulme, NSERC etc) if you want to come and work with us. So if you have an idea and think I can help then drop me an e-mail. Information about applying for and holding independent fellowships in CEC is available here.


If you are interested in studying for a masters by research in the group then details of the University’s MRes program are here. Possible projects topics in our group include aggression, dominance and shoaling behaviour in fish models (e.g. guppies and swordtails), as well as analytical projects to investigate the genetics of animal personality traits.

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