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Environmental effects on inbreeding depression
Self-funded 3-year project, supervised by Dr Natalie Pilakouta and Dr Greta Bocedi
Inbreeding is an important issue in evolutionary biology and ecology because of its profound implications for genetic variation and the evolution of mating systems and reproductive strategies. Inbreeding results from matings between relatives and typically leads to a reduction in offspring fitness, known as inbreeding depression. However, there is substantial variation in the severity of inbreeding depression among species as well as among and within populations of a species. This variation may be partly driven by differences in the physical or social environment, which can have a major effect on the severity of inbreeding depression.
Given the unprecedented rate of human-induced environmental changes around the world, it is important to understand how changes in environmental conditions might influence the expression and evolution of inbreeding depression. This PhD project will examine the effects of both abiotic environmental components and biotic environmental components on inbreeding depression. The project will be entirely computer-based, combining meta-analytic and theoretical modelling approaches. It is possible for the project to be conducted remotely for part of it or its entire duration.
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