PhD hints

I am very proud of the students who have obtained PhDs from the batlab. Elsewhere on this site you can see what some of them are doing now. Graduates of the batlab include university lecturers at Leeds and Stirling, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, as well as ecological consultants and scientists working in nature conservation (including the Head of Biodiversity at the Bat Conservation Trust). Postdocs who have worked here now have academic positions at the Universities of Auckland, Berne, and Bristol. The batlab also allows interesting opportunities for collaboration in the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol, especially with Professor Daniel Robert working on insect hearing, and Dr Marc Holderied on echolocation.

If you are interested in doing a PhD, you need to be sure that a PhD is for you! You can find out more about doing a PhD at the School's postgraduate website. Funded PhD positions come up rarely, and it is vital that students are dedicated to these studentships. Everyone who has done a PhD in the lab believes it is a tremendous experience, although hard work. If you have any doubts about what is required from doing a PhD, some recent advice published in Nature (11 May 2006) is valuable:

PhD student at work