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Sive Finlay

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MRes student
IRC Embark Initiative Postgraduate Scholarship

Project: Convergent evolution in Malagasy tenrecs

The tenrecs of Madagascar (Tenrecidae) represent one of the most interesting and understudied examples of convergent evolution in the animal kingdom. Tenrecs resemble various other kinds of mammals including shrews, moles, hedgehogs and even otters. Tenrecs also echolocate like bats and cetaceans. We are interested in studying this incredible convergence, particularly the mechanisms underlying these patterns. This work involves collecting morphological data from museum specimens, analyses of morphological evolution in tenrecs and the mammals they resemble, field experiments in Madagascar, and comparative genomics.

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Thomas Guillerme

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PhD student
Trinity Postgraduate Research Studentship

Project: Evolutionary Ecology and fossil primates

Evolutionary ecology, the study of patterns and processes at the interface of evolutionary biology and ecology, is an exciting and rapidly growing research area. However, most studies ignore one important factor: extinction. The aim of this project is to test and develop methods for adding fossil species into phylogenies and evolutionary ecology analyses, using primates as a study group. This work involves collecting morphological data from museum specimens, building phylogenies including extinct and extant species, and phylogenetic comparative analyses of primate evolutionary ecology. The project is funded by The European Commission CORDIS Seventh Framework Program (FP7) Marie Curie CIG grant, proposal number: 321696.

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