Marine Mammal Ecotoxicology
Exposure to persistent organic pollutants such has been shown to cause reproductive failure in wild seals and other aquatic mammal species and endocrine disruptive toxic mechanisms are believed to be involved. Impaired reproductive capacity exacerbates the ability of marine mammal populations to recover from other threats such as climate change, over-fishing, hunting and habitat destruction.
The project aims to study receptor-level interaction of pollutants with sex hormone receptors in marine mammal reproductive tissues and to undertake population bio-monitoring of pollutant exposure and sex hormone concentrations in wild seals. This work will be in collaboration with the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospitals.
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- Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
- Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
- Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.
This is a self funded topic
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