Like humans, animals show consistent variation in behavior between individuals, often described as ‘personality’. factors driving these differences could be environmental or intrinsic (physiological).

This Ph.D. project will develop mathematical models to explore how differing inter-individual behaviors can affect various aspects of population behavior as a whole. Located at the University of Canterbury, it is supported by the Te Pūnaha Matatini, the New Zealand Centre of Excellence for Complex Systems, Data and Networks http://www.tepunahamatatini.ac.nz/.

To be eligible, applicants should have a first master degree in quantitative ecology/biology or mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science or engineering and an interest in biology. Applicants should also satisfy the University of Canterbury’s Ph.D. study entry requirements.

The three-year scholarship covers tuition fees plus a non-taxed living allowance of NZ 27,300 per annum. The starting date can be anytime between 1 Nov 2017 and 1 march 2018.

For further information and to apply, please email either Dr. Rachelle Binny ([email protected]) or Assoc. Prof. Michael Plank ([email protected]).

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