Theses supported


Theses supported at Sheffield (1998-2024)

(*Assisted as part of the Facility's Research and Development.)

Due to complete


Christophe Patterson (due March 2024) PhD Thesis (Durham University, NBAF1274)
[Detecting genomic signatures of the impact of competition on historical range expansion.]


George Day (due March 2022) PhD Thesis (University of York, NBAF1266)
[Contemporary and historical population genetics of European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus).]

Lauren Moore (due 30 September 2022) PhD Thesis (Nottingham Trent University, NBAF1265)
[Road impacts on the West European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus): understanding mechanisms and testing solutions.]


Liz AD Campbell (due 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF1081)
The diet and conservation genetics of the African golden wolf (Canis anthus) in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.

Francesca Dawson Pell (due Sept 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF1078)
Social and genetic structure of an invasive parrot population.

Rebecca (Beki) Hooper (due Sept 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, NBAF1152)
[The value of relationships: cognitive and ecological consequences of avian social bonds.]

Melissa Minter (due Sept 2021) PhD Thesis (University of York, NBAF1205)
[Buffering climate-driven extinctions in montane species: are there genetic refuges?]

Josie Monaghan (due Sept 2021) PhD Thesis (University of York, NBAF1206)
[Hybridisation, speciation and genetic structure in a woodland specialist.]


Shaun Allingham (due November 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Derby, NBAF1272)
[Landscape ecology of microbes in peatlands under different management.]

Lorna Blackmore (due December 2020) PhD Theses (UEA, NBAF1196)
[Effects of florally enhanced field margins on diversity and pollen resource use of hoverfly assemblages.]

Carolina Calero (due Feb 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF1056)
Impact of climate change on microbial ecology and water quality of drinking water distribution systems.

Jordan P. Cuff (due 30 September 2020) PhD Theses (Cardiff University, NBAF1180)
[Nutrient-specific foraging by invertebrate predators in the field.]

Charlotte S. Davies (due March 2020) PhD Thesis (UEA, NBAF1150)
[Understanding the maintenance of immunogenetic variation in a bottlenecked population.]

Franziska Elsner-Gearing (due March 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Manchester, NBAF1140)
[Quantifying the genetic diversity of the population of critically endangered Eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) in EAZA zoos to inform meta-population management strategies.]

Katie Lee (due Sept 2020) PhD Thesis (Nottingham Trent University, NBAF1137)
[Untangling the roles of prey availability, habitat quality and predation as predictors of hedgehog abundance.]

Joseph Llanos (due Sept 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF1145)
The effects of ley cropping on earthworm diversity and abundance.

Keziah J. Hobson (due Sept 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF1063)
Assessing the economic and conservation impacts of the pine marten, a recovering predator, on non-native grey squirrels, and forest land management.

Ellen Goddard (due April 2021) PhD Thesis (Loughborough University, NBAF1143)
[The function of carnivorous pitcher plants in their native and non-native range: extrinsic vs intrinsic drivers of inquiline community composition.]

Omar Khalilur Rahman (due Dec 2020) PhD Thesis (Queen Mary University of London. NBAF1082)
Response of parasite-bat networks to forest fragmentation in REGUA, Brazil.

Jillian Mayberry (due March 2021) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF1199)
[Native biodiversity in human-impacted habitats: Applying NGS technology to arthropod assemblages in semi-natural and plantation oak woodlands.] 

Thomas Mondain-Monval (due Sept 2020) PhD Thesis (Lancaster University, NBAF1256)
[The breeding, migration and wintering ecology of a declining wader, the common sandpiper.]

Chris Phipps (due January 2021) PhD Thesis (Canterbury Christ Church University)
[Population dynamics of endangered Hylid frogs in a biodiversity hotspot, Cusuco National Park.]


José António Lemos Barão‑Nóbrega (due June 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Salford, NBAF1191)
[Hybridisation in crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii) inhabiting a Mesoamerican UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.]

Sam Browett (due April 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Salford, NBAF1147)
[Know your enemy: A DNA metabarcoding approach to investigate competitive exclusion during an ongoing invasion.]

Sam Finnegan (due Feb 2020) PhD Thesis (University College London, NBAF1069)
Sexual selection as a defence against meiotic drive.

Laura A. Najera Cortazar (due Feb 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds, NBAF1151)
Gene flow, adaption and species boundaries in a complex of sympatric Myotis bats (Vespertilionidae) along the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.

Ashley Sendell-Price (due Jan 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF982)
[Genomic divergence following colonisation in island Zosterops species.]

Nia Thomas (due early 2020) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University, NBAF1064)
[Estimating critical population parameters for UK otters using MIPSTR, a novel approach suitable for genotyping microsatellites from non-invasive otter spraint samples.]

Constance (Connie) Tremlett (due March 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Southampton, NBAF1185)
Pollination networks of nectarivorous bats in Mexico and dietary dependence upon the cultivated cactus Stenocereus queretaroensis.

Jens van Eeckhoven (due March 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds, NBAF1202)
[Polyandry and genetic health of an abundant native solitary pollinator bee (Osmia bicornis).]

Henricus (Sil) van Lieshout (due March 2020) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds, NBAF984)
Early-life environment effects on senescence in European badgers.

Sophie Watson (due March 2020) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University, NBAF1197)
[The influence of contaminants and parasitic infection on the gut microbiota of the polar bear (Urus maritimus).]

Lilith (Lilly) Zecherle (due Feb 2020) PhD Thesis (Liverpool John Moores University, NBAF1073, joint NBAF-S & NBAF-E)
Population genomics of reintroduced Asiatic wild ass Equus hemionus.

Completed theses


*Medardo Cruz López (2020) PhD Thesis (National Autonomous University of Mexico - Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology.)
Conservation genetics of the Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus): relationship of Major Histocompatibility Complex and fitness in an threatened species.

Lorna E. Drake (2020) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University, NBAF1139)
[Variation in the diet of the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra, and its implications for parasitology, ecotoxicology and conservation.]

Kate Denton (2020) PhD Thesis (University of Greenwich, NBAF1049)
The potential of UK bats as agents in agricultural pest control.


Chris Doble (2019) PhD Thesis (University College London, NBAF1057)
Testing the potential of Environmental DNA methods for surveying Lake Tanganyika’s highly diverse fish communities.

Diogo JF dos Santos (2019) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF1066)
Evolutionary ecology of health in Asian elephants.

Lucy Garrett (2019) PhD Thesis (University of Birmingham, NBAF944)
From population to individual: Colony dynamics and structure in time and space of a highly social seabird.

Rob Goodsell (2019) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF1052)
[Investigating the drivers of arthropod diversity in agro-ecosystems using metabarcoding.]

Jane Hosegood (2019) PhD Thesis (University of Bangor, NBAF1048)
Genomic tools for conservation and management of manta and devil rays (Mobula spp.).

Birgit Kleinschmidt (due early 2019) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University, NBAF989)
[Diet analysis of Seabirds (Red-throated Divers and Scopoli's shearwater) in relation to habitat use, human activities and movement ecology.]

Paula Marjamaki (2019) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, NBAF972)
The genetic basis of variation in bovine tuberculosis infection, progression and diagnosis in a wild animal host.

Lucy Mitchell (2019) PhD Thesis (University of York, NBAF1141)
The influence of environmental variation on the breeding and foraging of the European nightjar.

Paula Vargus Pellicer (2019) PhD Thesis (Imperial College, London, NBAF969)
Composition and development of gut microbiota in birds.

Jennifer E. Stockdale JE (2019) PhD Thesis. (Cardiff University, NBAF979, NBAF981)

Using high-throughput sequencing to track habitat use by thrushes exploiting heterogeneous farmland landscapes.

Tom Timberlake (2019) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF1133)
Mind the Gap: The importance of flowering phenology in pollinator conservation.


Armstrong C (2018) PhD Thesis (University of East Anglia)

The role of pathogens in shaping genetic variation within and among populations in an island bird. (NBAF-ES)

Britton A (2018) PhD Thesis (University College London)

Assessing human impacts on cichlid fish communities from the biodiversity hotspot Lake Tanganyika. (NBAF-S)

Devaynes A. (2018) PhD Thesis (Edge Hill University, NBAF1054)
Bacterial and ectoparasitic challenges imposed on Cyanistes caeruleus (blue tit) during nesting.

Buxton A. (2018) PhD Thesis (University of Kent, NBAF948)
[Environmental DNA as an assessment tool for population size estimates of the Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus).]

Hall R. (withdrew from PhD in 2018) (University of Sheffield, NBAF546)
Evolution of ecological diversity in grasses.

Hobbs C. (2018) PhD Thesis (Canterbury Christ Church University, NBAF1055)
Understanding the Shining Ramshorn Snail, Segmentina nitida: morphology, genetics and breeding.

Lane JV (2018) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds, NBAF962)
Three-dimensional foraging behaviour of Northern gannets.

Meade L. (2018) PhD Thesis (University College London, NBAF957)
Fitness consequences of sex-ratio meiotic drive and female multiple mating in a stalk-eyed fly, Teleopsis dalmanni.

Moorhouse-Gann RJ (2018) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University, NBAF983)
Ecological replacement as a restoration tool: Disentangling the impacts and interactions of Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) using DNA metabarcoding.

Mordue S (2018) PhD Thesis (Newcastle University, NBAF874)
How does the spatial and social dynamics of the Natterer’s bat Myotis nattereri affect disease transmission and conservation? (NBAF-S) The spatial and social dynamics of the Natterer’s bat Myotis nattereri.

Orland C. (2018) PhD Thesis (University of Cambridge, NBAF968)
Assembly and functioning of microbial communities along terrestrial resource gradients in boreal lake sediments.

Ottonelli Rossato D (2018) PhD Thesis (Universidade Federal do Rio grande do Sul, Brazil) (NBAF-ES)
Dispersal, the key process to modulate ecological and evolutionary dynamics of butterflies.


Bradshaw P. (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, NBAF869)
Investigating variation in the life-history strategy of marine turtles.

Frost M. (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF942)
Population genomics and spatial planning for the conservation of the endangered common skate species complex.

Glass D. (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Brighton, NBAF936)
The social structure of the Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius).

Gott A. (due August 2017) PhD Thesis (Newcastle University, NBAF731)
[Early-life adversity and adult cognition: The European starling as an experimental model.]

*Khwaja N (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Investment patterns and kinship cues in a cooperatively breeding bird.

*Mira Pérez O. (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Granda, Spain)
Conservation genetics and phylogeography of the Apollo butterfly Parnassius apollo.

Thomas R. (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds, NBAF873)
Molecular epidemiology of Trichomonas gallinae in European Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur).

Verspoor R (2017) PhD Thesis (University of Liverpool, NBAF-S/E 642)
A study of X-chromosome meiotic drive in the Palearctic fly Drosophila subobscura.


Booth-Jones K. (2016) PhD Thesis (University of Reading, NBAF844)
Dispersal and gene flow across ocean basins in a tropical seabird complex.

Herridge E.J. (2016) PhD Thesis (University of Stirling, NBAF682)
The role of polyandry in sexual selection among dance flies.

Holt L. (2016) PhD Thesis (University of Sussex, NBAF773)
Genetic structure, reproductive skew, and the evolution of sociality in the hover wasp Liostenogaster flavolineata.

Montaño-Rendón M. (2016) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF747)
[Ecotype formation in the rough periwinkle Littorina saxatilis using shell shape and sequenced RAD tags.]

Pettett C. (nee Easby, 2016) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF779)
Factors affecting hedgehog distribution and habitat selection in rural landscapes.


Alfadhala S. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF476)
Evolutionary and ecological genetics of the Egyptian spiny mouse Acomys dimidiatus.

Ball A.D. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Bath, NBAF746)
Sexual conflict in the penduline tits (Remizidae): implications for sperm competition and speciation.

Cotton A (2015) PhD Thesis (University College London)
What drives sexual selection? Meiotic drive stress and mate choice in stalk-eyed flies.

Dalton N. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF769)
Impact and management of native plant reintroduction: the case of the Greater Water Parsnip, Sium latifolium.

Godsall B. (2015) PhD Thesis (Imperial College London, NBAF762)
Mechanisms of space use in the wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus.

Jackson H. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Kent, NBAF555)
Population genetics of invasive species: Characterising genetic history and disease prevalence in the introduced population of rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula krameri) in the UK.

Jumpa S. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Manchester, NBAF658)
Assessment of human impact on the genetic diversity of tropical forest taxa.

King H. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Warwick, NBAF721)
Epidemiology and control of Mycobacterium bovis in the Eurasian badger (Meles meles).

Lieber L. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF723 & NBAF764)
The application of molecular ecology and hydroacoustics to understand the spatiotemporal patterns of seascape use of a planktivorous shark, the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus, G. 1765).

Mortega K.G. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Konstanz Germany (University of Glasgow and International Max Planck Research School, NBAF767)
The contributions of seasonality, song and hormonal regulation to the evolution of songbirds.

Murray R.L. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Stirling, NBAF682)
The ecology and evolution of female-specific ornamentation in the dance flies (Diptera: Empidinae).

Pilides C. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF554)
Evaluating the status of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in Greece with the use of non-invasive genetics.

Robinson C. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF765)
Aspects of the Molecular Ecology of White Sharks (Carcharadon carcharias).

Rouger R. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Sterling NBAF759)
Restoration genetics of north-west European saltmarshes: a multiscale analysis of population genetic structure in Puccinellia maritima and Triglochin maritima.

Wenzel MA (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, (NBAF-ES)
Genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic factors affecting host-parasite interactions in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica).

Williams R. (2015) PhD Thesis (University of Cumbria, NBAF673)
Evolutionary biology of the exploited cephalopod, Nautilus pompilius.


Almathen Faisal (2014) PhD Thesis (University of Nottingham, NBAF419)
Genetic diversity and demographic history of the dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius).

Bruce (nee Powell) C. (2014) PhD Thesis (University of East Anglia, NBAF429)
From metacommunity dynamics to rapid biodiversity assessment: DNA-based approaches expand horizons in both fundamental and applied ecology.

Buckland S. (2014) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF540)
Mauritius gecko population genetics.

Gullett PR (2014) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)

 Demographic mechanisms of avian responses to climate change: long-tailed tits Aegithalos caudatus as a case study. (NBAF-S)

Napper CJ (2014) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)

 Kinship and social interactions in non-breeding long-tailed tits, Aegithalos caudatus. (NBAF-S)

Quinn L. (2014) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF665)
Intra- and Inter-colony differences in winter foraging strategies in the northern fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis.

Wenwen Diao (2014) PhD Thesis (University of St Andrews, NBAF653)
Genetics and genomics of pre-mating isolation in Nasonia.

Wright D. (2014) PhD Thesis (University of Eact Anglia, NBAF574)
Evolutionary and conservation genetics in the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis).


Bristol R (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Kent, NBAF559)
Evolutionary genetics and reintroduction ecology of the critically-endangered Seychelles paradise flycatcher.

Daly B. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF571, E&S)
Avian malaria in the montane tropics.

dos Remedios N. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Bath, NBAF547)
The evolutionary history of plovers, genus Charadrius: phylogeography and breeding systems.

El Nagar A. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Nottingham, NBAF644)
The role of parasites in the ecological speciation of three-spined sticklebacks Gasterosteus aculeatus.

Farrell L. (2013) PhD Thesis (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Molecular genetics of alternative reproductive morphs in ruffs. (NBAF-E /S)

Fish K. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF569)
The impact of hydraulic regime upon biofilms in drinking water distribution systems.

Fountain T. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF448)
Global Bedbug Spread: planes, genes and insecticides.

Heathcote R. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF549)
Secondary contact in the European wall lizard.

Holland L. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, NBAF362)
Connectivity and gene flow in temperate Alcyonaria (octocorals): Implications for Marine Protected Area (MPA) designation.

*Morales M. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Granada, Spain)
Heritability and repeatability of egg - rejection behaviour in magpies.

Phillips K. (2013) PhD Thesis (UEA, NBAF370)
Molecular ecology of hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricataimbricate in the Seychelles.

Tyler F. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, NBAF388)
Behavioural and genomic studies of sexual selection in wild field crickets.

Walkup J. (2013) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF562)
Small scale genetic and morphological structure in an island population of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).


Annavi G. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF332)
Genetic, socio-ecological and fitness correlates of extra-group paternity in the European badger (Meles meles).

Bellamy L. (2012) PhD Thesis (University College, London, NBAF244)
Investigating the genetics of female preference in the stalk-eyed fly, Diasemopsis meigenii.

*Champneys A. (2012) PhD Thesis (Nottingham Trent University)
Factors affecting the survival and distribution of the water shrew (Neomys fodiens).

Diamond S. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of East Anglia, NBAF427)
Differential fertilization compatibility between and within Atlantic salmon and brown trout: implications for farmed gene introgression and hybridization.

Hodges S. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF361)
Routes to cooperation in the rifleman, Acanthisitta chloris.

Kotska B.I. (2012) PhD Thesis (Queens University Belfast, NBAF425)
Landscape ecology, diet composition and energetics in the Eurasian badger (Meles meles).

Mills C. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, NBAF-539)
Habitat fragmentation, dispersal and population genetics of the dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius in South-West England.

Razgour O. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF-548)
Conservation biology of the grey long-eared bat (Plecotus austriacus).

Simeoni M. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield, NBAF329)
Inbreeding and incest avoidance in the long-tailed tit.

Sin Y.W. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford, NBAF-352, NBAF-545)
The major histocompatibility complex, mate choice and pathogen resistance in the European badger (Meles meles).

Spurgin L. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of East Anglia, NBAF269)
The role of pathogen-mediated fluctuating selection in generating adaptive genetic variation in Berthelot's pipit.

Thomas C. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Hull, NBAF363)
Evolutionary genetics of the invasive harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

Tollington S. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Kent, NBAF366)
Ecological immunology and genetic diversity of the endangered Mauritius parakeet.

Whiteside H. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF426)
The role of subordinate reproduction on the promotion of group living in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes).

Wright L.I. (2012) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter, MGF/336, NBAF452)
Insights into the mating systems of green turtle populations from molecular parentage analyses.


Bicknell A. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Plymouth, NBAF369)
Population structuring and dispersal in the highly pelagic Leach's storm-petrel: implications for the EU population.

Buckley J. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol - NBAF-L410; MGF-S193)
Evolutionary responses to recent climate change during the recent range expansion of the butterfly, Aricia agestis.

Davey J. (2011) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University, NBAF368)
Analysis of intraguild predation and invertebrate community structure.

Jan C. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds, NBAF192)
Population structure of swarming bats in relation to dispersal.

Harper N. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of York, NBAF156)
Consequences of changes in genetic diversity during climate-driven range shifts.

Nettleship S. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Leicester, NBAF449)
Impact of river impoundment on morphology, behaviour and life history strategies of three-spined sticklebacks.

Raisin C. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Kent, MGF194)
Conservation genetics of the Mauritius Parakeet.

Smith J. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Birmingham, MGF331)
Effects of supplementary feeding on the reproductive behaviour of parental woodland birds.

*Tawatao N. (2011) PhD Thesis (York University)
Impacts of forest fragmentation on the community structure of ground-dwelling ants in Malaysian Borneo.

Zeale M. (2011) PhD Thesis (University of Bristol, NBAF242)
Conservation biology of the barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus).
Applications of spatial modelling, ecology and molecular analysis of diet.

*Vangestel C (2011) PhD Thesis (Ghent University, Belgium)
Relating phenotypic and genetic variation to urbanization in avian species: a case study on house sparrows (Passer domesticus).


*Bacon I.E. (2010) PhD thesis (University of Edinburgh)
Foraging on variable resources: the behaviour and decision making of rufous hummingbirds.

Black R. (2010) PhD Thesis (Imperial College, London, NBAF328)
The evolutionary ecology of island birds.

Harrison X. (2010) PhD Thesis. (University of Exeter, MGF/252)
Causes and consequences of variation in dispersal strategy in an arctic migrant, the light-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota).

Komissarova A. (2010) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF260)
Partial migration in robins.

Lucas E.R. (2010) PhD Thesis. (University of Sussex, NBAF442)
Social structure and evolution of the apoid wasp Microstigmus nigrophthalmus.

Mifsud D. (2010) PhD Thesis (University of Aberdeen, NBAF259)
Speciation genetics in the Jaera albifrons group of intertidal isopods.

*Nam K-B. (2010) PhD Thesis. (University of Sheffield)
Investment strategies by parents and helpers in the cooperatively breeding long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus.

*Nelson Flower M.J. (2010) PhD Thesis (University of Cape Town)
Kinship and its consequences in the cooperatively breeding pied babbler Turdoides bicolor.

*Poland G. (2010) MSc Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Assigning sex to avian osteological remains: a review of current methods and an investigation into a novel, independent, biomolecular method.

*Tucker R. (2010) MSc Thesis (University of Kent)
Characterisation of Seychelles paradise flycatcher microsatellite markers.


Bataille A. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds/ Institute of Zoology of London)
Population genetics and disease ecology of mosquito spp. in Galapagos.

Bontell E.I. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds - NBAF-E)
Genetic and biological characterisation of Toxoplasma gondii from Uganda.

Brekke P. (2009) PhD Thesis (Imperial College, University of London)
Conservation genetics of an Island endemic bird, the hihi (Notiomystis cincta).

Craul M. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Cardiff / Leibniz Universitaet Hanover, Germany)
Molecular phylogenetics and conservation genetics of sportive lemurs (Lepilemur edwardsi) in northwestern Madagascar.

Hlaing T. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Manchester)
Genetic population structure and gene flow in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Southeast Asia.

Hutchings K. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of East Anglia)
Gastrointestinal parasites, MHC genes and fitness in a wild avian population.

*Klein A. (2009) PhD Thesis (The Barn Owl Foundation, Hungary)
The possible effects of extreme winters on the barn owl (Tyto alba Scop., 1769) population in Hungary: survival, physiology and population genetics.

Mitchell T.J. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Plymouth)
Population genetics of Gracilariopsis longissima in South West Britain.

Napper P. (viva date Dec 2009) PhD Theses (Lancaster University - NBAF-L110)
Ecological functional genomics: the genetic basis of phenotypic plasticity in Daphnia pulex.

Qui Y. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds - NBAF-E).
The Distribution and diversity of parasites in ancient species flocks: baikalian amphipods & microsporidian parasites.

Riou S. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Regulation of parental effort and chick growth in Manx shearwaters: behaviour, physiology and environmental variability.

Shorrock K.A. (2009) PhD Thesis (Newcastle University - MGF-E239)
Physiological and molecular aspects of drought resistance in Clusia.

Sinfield C. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Dynamics of the Littorina saxatilis hybrid zone.

Thaxter C. (2009) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Breeding and foraging ecology of guillemots and razorbills: a comparison of two pursuit-diving seabirds.


Angell R. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Population structure and mating patterns in Daubenton's bat.

Andre J. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Reading – MGF-E)
Earthworm adaptations to metals: inorganic speciation, biochemical fingerprinting and molecular genetics.

Brownlow R. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)
Are benthic estuarine populations self-recruiting?

Biss P. (2008) PhD Thesis (Open University)
Molecular ecology of A. odoratum in the Park Grass Experiment.

Eyre C.A. (2008) PhD Thesis (Cardiff University – MGF-E)
Interspecific interactions between saprotrophic basidiomycetes: effect on volatile production and gene expression of mycelia.

Holt B. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of East Anglia)
Evolution and Ecology of a Species Complex: Investigating the Origin and Maintenance of Colour Polymorphism in the Genus Hypoplectrus.

Küpper C. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Bath)
Molecular ecology of the Kentish plover Charadrius alexandrinus.

*Lee J.W. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Behaviour, genetics and social organisation of the vinous-throated parrotbill Paradoxornis webbianus.

Lord A. (2008) PhD Thesis (Imperial College London)
Environmental Components of Reproductive Success in the Blue tit, Parus caeruleus.

Piyapong C. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Factors underlying shoal composition in the Trinidian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) the effects of predation and sex differences.

Sawle A. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Liverpool – MGF-L)
Transcriptomic expression profiles as indicators of ecotoxicological effect in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos.

Struebig M. (2008) PhD Thesis (Queen Mary, University of London)
Impacts of forest fragmentation on the genetic and community structure of tropical bats.

*Woodward B. (2008) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
The effect of ecology, demography and migration on the prevalence of cooperative breeding in the long-tailed tit.


Azadi N.A. (2007) MSc Thesis (Lancaster University - MGF-L)
Microarray analysis of the effect of industrial pollution on stickleback fish using linear mixed effect models.

*Ball A. (2007) MSc Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Recombination rates and chromosomal synteny in the Zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata.

Bamford A. (2007) PhD Thesis (University of Nottingham)
Competition and co-existence among vultures: from individual behaviour to conservation ecology.

*Berg M. PhD Thesis (2007) (University of Groningen)
Sexual selection and reproductive strategies in songbirds : territoriality, mate and parental care.

Matt Berg's thesis

Bourke B. PhD Thesis (2007) (University of Nottingham)
Population genetics of the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) in the British Isles and its phylogeography in Europe.

*Coiffait L. (2007) PhD Thesis (Newcastle University)
Investigating the movements of migratory thrushes Turdus merula and T. iliacus using intrinsic markers and morphology.

*Dawson D.A. (2007) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Genomic analysis of passerine birds using conserved microsatellite loci.

Dugdale H. (2007) PhD Thesis (University of Oxford)
Reproductive behaviour of the European badger Meles meles.

Geoghegan F. (2007) PhD Thesis (The University of Birmingham – MGF-E)
Differential gene expression in the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus, following exposure to mixtures of compounds.

Li W. (2007) PhD Thesis (University of Liverpool - MGF-L)
An integrated suite of informatics tools and resources to support post-genomics investigations.

Mainwaring M.C. (2007) PhD thesis (Lancaster University)
Evolutionary causes and consequences of hatching asynchrony in nestling birds.

Maunder R.J. (2007) PhD Theses (CEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre - NBAF-L107)
The effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on reproductive performance of sticklebacks.

*Meares K.M. (2007) MSc Dissertation (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Characterising microsatellite loci in the blue crane (Grus paradisea).

O´Connor E. (2007) PhD Theses (University of Liverpool - NBAF-L123)
Population difference in response to hypoxia: Behaviour and physiology of three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus.

*Pillay K. (awarded 2007?) MSc Dissertation (School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Characterising microsatellite loci in the cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus robustus).

Sambles C. (2007) PhD Thesis (Cardiff Univesity - MGF-E185)
The derivation of the molecular basis of endocrine disruption in aquatic invertebrates.


Glover A.M. (2006) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
The ecology and conservation of cave-roosting bats in the Yorkshire Dales.

Goodship N. (2006) PhD Thesis (University of Cardiff)
Endocrine control of nestling begging behaviour in the pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca.

Griffiths A.M. (2006) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter)
The population structure of brown trout (Salmo salar) on Dartmoor National Park.

Phillimore A. (2006) PhD Thesis (Imperial College, University of London)
The ecological basis of speciation and divergence in birds.

Vernon C. (2006) PhD Thesis (University of Liverpool - MGF-L)
Transcriptomic assessment of gene responses to environmental stress - genetic and comparative approaches.


Anderson S.J.E. (2005) PhD Thesis (Open University)
Metapopulation genetics of the garden tiger moth (Arctia caja).

Barnett O.E. (2005) PhD Thesis (Open University)
The role of environmental change in the maintenance of sexual reproduction in a perennial grass species, Festuca rubra.

Barr, I. (2005). PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield.
Ssexual selection in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus).

Green N.M. (2005) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Seasonal patterns in population structure and behaviour of the bat Myotis nattereri.

Hunter, J.M. (2005) MPhil Thesis, University of Sheffield.
Behavioural ecology of Seychelles warblers in regenerating natural woodland on Aride Island.

Sayed E. (2005) MPhil of Science (University of Nottingham)
Investigating population dynamics, social behaviour and immunophysiology of Acomys cahirinus dimidiatus populations in the naturally fragmented habitat of the St. Katherine Protectorate, South Sinai, Egypt.

Senior P. (2005) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Spatial and sexual segregation in Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) in Wharfedale.

Temple H.J. (2005) PhD Thesis (University of Cambridge)
Ecology, cooperative breeding and conservation of the white-breasted thrasher Ramphocinclus brachyurus.

Tingay R. (2005) PhD Thesis (University of Nottingham)
Historical distribution, contemporary status and cooperative breeding in the Madagascar fish eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides): Implications for conservation.

Webster L. (2005) PhD Thesis (University of Glasgow)
The effects of gene flow on local adaptation in a natural host-parasite system.


Bretman A.J. (2004) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Sexual selection in the field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus.

Chaline N.G. (2004) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Reproductive conflicts and nepotism in the honey bee.

Evans L.M. (2004) PhD Thesis (University of Exeter)
Phylogenetic assessment of Psoroptes ovis; their epidemiology and taxonomic identity explored.

Frantz A.C. (2004) PhD Thesis (University of Sussex)
Non-invasive genetic typing in the study of badger (Meles meles) ecology.

*Furmankiewicz J. (2004) PhD Thesis (University of Wroclaw, Poland. [in Polish] with time spent in Leeds)
Mating behaviour of brown long-eared bat Plecotus auritus (Linnaeus, 1758).

*Paszkiewicz R. (2004) PhD Thesis (Wroclaw University, Poland - with time spent at Sunderland University)
Genetical structure and population biology of the mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis).

Pedro P.M. (2004) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Impact of habitat fragmentation on species of Sabethes mosquitoes.


Ahmed S. (2003) PhD Thesis (University of Leeds)
Pollen mediated gene flow in Ficus sycomorus L.

Douglas A. (2003) PhD Thesis (Queen Mary, University of London)
Population ecology and behaviour of juvenile bitterling (Rhodeus serecius, Pallas).

Freeman K. (2003) PhD Thesis (Queen Mary, University of London)
The population genetics and conservation of a Mauritian skink.

Hay J. (2003) PhD Thesis (University of Durham)
Causes and consequences of variation in dominance status in the Paridae.

Sharp S.P. (2003) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Kin recognition in the cooperative breeding system of long-tailed tits Aegithalos caudatus.


Carpenter P.J. (2002) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
A study of mating systems, inbreeding avoidance and TB resistance in the Eurasian badger (Meles meles) using microsatellite markers.

Fletcher K. (2002) PhD Thesis (University of Durham)
Sex-specific breeding ecology of common terns in N.E. England.

Fok K.W. (2002) PhD Thesis (University of Nottingham)

Leech D. (2002) PhD Thesis (University of Lancaster)
Brood sex ratio, parentage and parental investment in the blue tit, Parus caeruleus.

MacGowan A. (2002) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
The fitness benefits of cooperative breeding in long-tailed tits, Aegithalos caudatus.


Buchanan G. (2001) PhD Thesis (University of Sunderland)
Mate choice in reed buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus).

Eaton M. (2001) PhD Thesis (University of Durham)
Determinants of habitat and site use by turnstones and purple sandpipers in N.E. England, and possible effects of the removal of coastal nutrients.

Madden J.R. (2001) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Sex, costs and bowerbird tastes.


Foster K. (2000) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Kin selection and reproductive conflict in the vespine wasps.

Marshall R. (2000) PhD Thesis (University of London)
Song, microsatellite DNA and paternity in the sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus.

Nicholls H. (2000) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Male adaptations to sperm competition in the sand martin, Riparia riparia.

Wilson MW. (2000) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Reproductive strategies and paternal care in the willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus.


Marsden R. (1999) PhD Thesis (University of Sheffield)
Coloniality in the sociable weaver Philetairus socius.

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