Animal Behaviour and In Vivo Studies

The focus here is on whole animal systems as research models, looking at development, physiology and function. It also includes ethical considerations and procedural aspects. The key is the whole animal as the starting point of the investigations and includes model systems such as zebra fish and mouse.

* These are SWBio DTP CASE studentships. As part of the programme, you will be required to undertake a placement with the CASE partner for a minimum of 3 months.

Project title Main / Rothamsted supervisor Host institution Keywords
Acoustic camouflage: moth wings as metasurface provide bimodal stealth against bat biosonar Dr Marc Holderied University of Bristol Biological metamaterials; acoustic cloaking; sensory ecology; echolocation
Adaptive evolution of stress coping style in guppies Prof Alastair Wilson University of Exeter (Penryn) Evolution; stress; genetics; behaviour; fish
Animal emotion and welfare: a decision-making and computational approach Prof Mike Mendl University of Bristol Animal behaviour; animal welfare; decision-making; computational modelling
Cerebro-cerebellar interactions in goal directed behaviour Prof Richard Apps University of Bristol Cerebellum; prefrontal cortex; in-vivo; rat
Cholinergic modulation of cerebellar dependent motor learning Prof Zafar Bashir University of Bristol Neural networks; cerebellar learning; synaptic plasticity; acetylcholine
Developmental drivers of social behaviour and their fitness consequences Dr Neeltje Boogert University of Exeter (Penryn) Behavioural development; hormones; social behaviour; social networks stress
Do different expressions of anxiety-like states reflect particular types of appraisal and coping style? * Dr Emily Blackwell University of Bristol Anxiety; cat; behaviour; welfare; cognition
Drivers of larval gregariousness in Lepidoptera Dr Stephen Montgomery University of Bristol Aposematism; social behaviour; neuroethology; behavioural genetics; transcriptomics
Encoding of decision making by dopamine neurons Dr Paul Dodson University of Bristol Dopamine; decision making; computational modelling; neuroscience; neurophysiology
Evolutionary and mechanistic basis of virus host shifts Dr Ben Longdon University of Exeter (Penryn) Pathogen; evolution: genetics; immunity; host-shift
Exploring molecular and cellular pathways that promote healthy ageing of vital body tissues, using live-imaging and functional analyses within Drosophila and human genetic epidemiology Dr Helen Weavers University of Bristol Tissue repair; developmental biology: healthy ageing: live-imaging: genetic epidemiology
Flight-to-light and the decline in British moths Dr James Bell Rothamsted Research (Harpenden) Lepidoptera; population genetics; behavioural ecology; spectral behaviour
How do dogs respond to changes in cortisol levels in conspecifics and humans? * Dr Nicola J Rooney University of Bristol Domestic dog; detection; animal welfare; stress; social transmission
How pollinating insects find and learn sites in the landscape with their low-resolution eyes * Prof Natalie Hempel de Ibarra University of Exeter (Streatham) Pollination; remote sensing; flight; foraging; cognition
Investigating conserved long non-coding RNA functions during melanocyte development in zebrafish and human melanoma Dr Keith Vance University of Bath Long non-coding RNA, melanocyte, CRISPR, gene regulation, melanoma
Neuronal control of mitochondrial trafficking down long-range axons Dr Michael Ashby University of Bristol Neuroscience; mitochondria; synapse; computational biology; 2-photon
Plasticity of visual information processing and the consequences of neurodevelopmental disorders Prof Frank Sengpiel Cardiff University Neuroscience; brain imaging; plasticity; neural circuits; vision
Regulation of cardiorespiratory control by a novel brainstem circadian clock Prof Hugh Piggins University of Bristol Circadian rhythm; brainstem; cardiovascular control; vagus; neuroscience.
The effect of diet and age on skeletal regenerative capacity and inflammation Dr Chrissy Hammond University of Bristol Zebrafish; ageing; health; obesity; genetics
The feline gut microbiome in the maintenance of intestinal health in cats * Dr Tristan Cogan University of Bristol Microbiology; cats; intestinal health
Unravelling a novel role for the mineralocorticoid receptor in dentate gyrus neurogenesis Prof Johannes Reul University of Bristol Neurogenesis; mineralocorticoid receptor; stress; epigenetics; hippocampus
You are what your mother eats: understanding mother-offspring interactions in tsetse vectors of disease Dr Sinead English University of Bristol Behavioural ecology; nutrition; epidemiology; maternal effects; life history evolution