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Project title
Elucidating the response of metabolic traits to climate change
Contact name
Samraat Pawar
Project based at
Silwood Park (Imperial)
Imperial contact email
Project description
The Pawar Lab is offering various Masters projects on the compilation, analysis and modelling of the responses of metabolic traits (e.g., respiration, photosynthesis, growth rate) to changing climatic temperature. The project will use a global database on thermal responses of metabolic traits (BioTraits). Email me at if you are interested, and I can provide you with more details and discuss various options for projects within this general area of study. We are currently particularly interested in insect and microbial metabolic rates. A couple of example papers are below.

Relevant references:
1. Dell, A. I., Pawar, S., & Savage, V. M. (2011). Systematic variation in the temperature dependence of physiological and ecological traits. PNAS, 108(26), 10591–10596.
2. Pawar, S., Dell, A. I., Savage, V. M. & Knies, J. L. Real versus Artificial Variation in the Thermal Sensitivity of Biological Traits. Am. Nat. 187, E41–E52 (2016).
Additional requirements
Programming in R, Python or equivalent
Available support
Computer, Desk space
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Project length limitations
5 months, 9 months
Available date limitations
Winter (January)
Suitable for
Ecology Evolution and Conservation, Conservation Science, Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MSc), Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MRes), Ecological Applications, Ecosystem and Environmental Change MRes