The project will undertake cutting-edge research on the evolution of insects, the most successful group of animals. Much controversy exists about why insects are so successful (e.g., most diverse group of animals, critical 'environmental engineers'). The project will integrate new methods in genomics, tomography, machine learning to understand the evolution of key adaptations (e.g., male and female genitalia). Hypotheses about milestone evolutionary events will be generated from total-evidence analysis of genomic and phenotypic data, and tested using behavioural experiments in the Bonduriansky laboratory. UNSW has world class facilities in genomics (Ramaciotti Centre) and tomography (Tyree X-ray CT, Petroleum Engineering, UNSW) that provide a means for undertaking this interdisciplinary research. Prof. Sowmya will enable application of machine learning and novel quantification of the insect phenotype. The availability of this research infrastructure and expertise will attract quality PhD students, enable interdisciplinary research, and make UNSW a world-leader on the evolution of animals.
The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The Scientia Scheme is targeted in that applicants will apply to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team and application is by nomination.
Work on high quality research projects with the best supervisory
teams in world class environments
$40K a year stipend for four years
Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
Up to $10k each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations
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