Virtually all animals and plants are home to numerous microbial species with an amazing ability to evolve rapidly within hours and days. The student will be part of a diverse and collaborative research group conducting pioneering research on the drivers and major consequences of host-microbe evolution for host health, adaptation, and ecosystem diversity. How these consequences will be altered with global climate change is also of intense interest. The details of any DPhil project would be formed in discussion with the student (it is super important that the student is excited by their project!), but will likely involve a significant experimental evolution component in the lab, and could also involve bioinformatics, meta-analyses, or field work in Europe, Canada, or West Africa.
Qualifications and Experience
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology
Personal Research Keywords
Evolutionary ecology, coevolution, host-parasite interactions, symbiosis, global change, diversity