I currently have no funded openings in the group.


Joint ** University of Queensland – University of Exeter ** PhD opportunity with Steve Chenoweth (UQ) and myself. Details on the scheme here and the project we want to run here.   

Application deadline is September 11th  for a January 2018 start.  This is a new scheme, well funded and well resourced with travel money! This particular project will be led from UQ but the successful applicant will spend substantial time at both Institutes over their PhD. The scheme is open to students of any nationality.

Any BBSRC and NERC funded studentships to study with me at Exeter will be flagged here in the Autumn. Note however but 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. 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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