Research Studentship in Systematic Botany

Mary Gibby mg at NHM.AC.UK
Mon Jun 21 09:03:18 CDT 1999

Research Studentship in Systematic Botany

The Department of Botany at the Natural History Museum, London announces
that it has a PhD studentship in systematic botany available in October=

The Museum offers a unique opportunity to study for a PhD in the
environment of an institution that focuses on research in systematics and
related disciplines.  The Museum is currently supervising some 60 PhD
students, who have the opportunity of working alongside professional
systematists at the Museum and are registered for the degrees at one of the
many universities with which the Museum has a relationship.

The Department houses a major international herbarium comprising some six
million specimens of lichens, algae, bryophytes, pteridophytes and seed
plants.  Many of the specimens are of great historical significance and
among them are large numbers of types. The Museum has outstanding
facilities for molecular biology, electron microscopy and tropical
field-work.  Examples of current research projects include:

=B7 Floristic research: including Flora Mesoamericana, The Flora of China,
The Northwest European Pollen Flora and the Flora of Nepal,
=B7 Molecular systematics, including studies of mosses, ferns and Rutaceae,
=B7 Monographic work, for example, on Solanaceae,
=B7 Systematic and biogeographic studies on freshwater araphid diatoms and
the genus Pelargonium,=20
=B7 Research into systematic methods for conserving biodiversity through
priority areas analysis,
=B7 Vegetational history, forest dynamics, remote sensing and vegetation
analysis in Belize where the Museum has a tropical forest research station.

You can find out more about the Department from our web site and in particular from our on-line Newsletter,
Plant Cuttings.

If you are interested in being considered for the studentship please send
(preferably by email to sb at your CV and brief outline of your
interests in systematic botany as soon as possible to:
Professor Stephen Blackmore
Keeper of Botany
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

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