Funded studentship opportunities (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.

***Currently I have two live funding opportunities for PhDs on guppies, starting Autumn 2019.***

The BBSRC funded project is focussed on stress response, the NERC one would initially target behavioural traits.  Both schemes have plenty of flexibility for a student to follow their interests and it is very likely I will not recruit two students. Consequently – if you are interested & eligible then definitely apply to both of these!  

BBSRC – Adaptive evolution of stress coping style in guppies
For details see https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=101560
Deadline for applications Monday, December 03, 2018

NERC  – Genetics of adaptive divergence in guppies
For details see https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=101560
Deadline for applications Monday,  January 07, 2019


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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