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Mr Edmund Thomas Austin BSc (Hons)

MRes Evolution student

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Edmund Austin is an MRes Evolution student within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I studied a BSc (Hons) in Zoology at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in July 2019.

For my dissertation, I was researching the impacts of conservation based woodland management and how it can affect populations of native and migratory woodland bird species.

Research interests

I am interested in researching anthropogenic effects on s on avian morphology (for instance as observed in the Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos).

Whilst in the Galapagos, we did a small research project which highlighted the impact of agriculture and urbanisation is having on finch beak morphology due to altered/new food sources.

Why I chose MRes Evolution: From the Galapagos to the 21st Century

I chose to study the MRes in Evolution as it is an area that has always fascinated me. Moreover, it is a topic that continues to discover new theories and specimens on an annual basis, and as humans begin the have an ever-increasing impact on our ecosystems, this in turn will act as a potential driving force for micro-evolution. Is this a bad thing or a good thing...?

Aims for the future

I would like to go on to do a PhD in a relevant topic that links to my MRes, and then go into the field of research and teaching.

Supervisor: Dr Neil Gostling 

 

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Affiliate research group

MRes Evolution: From the Galapagos to the 21st Century

Mr Edmund Thomas Austin
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85

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