Amelia Penny

Amelia Penny

DR

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have one project currently available through the NERC E4 Doctoral Training Partnership, on the ecological and evolutionary impacts of unstable oxygen levels in the sea, co-supervised by Prof Rachel Wood. If you're interested in applying, get in touch! More details available here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/e4-dtp/how-to-apply/supervisor-led-projects/project?item=1620

If you'd like to develop your own PhD project with me in macroecology, marine palaeoecology or biodiversity, you're very welcome to contact me to discuss.

Personal profile

Research Interests

I'm a palaeoecologist and macroecologist, interested in how living things change their environments, and how these changes feed back into ecosystems over the long term. I see the human-induced changes of the Anthropocene as a dramatic example of these feedbacks in action. 

My work investigates how biodiversity change progresses, at timescales ranging from decades to millions of years, and in a wide range of organisms - from marine invertebrates to terrestrial plants. I believe long-term perspectives can help to inform the ways we value and protect biodiversity for the future, particularly under long-term impacts such as climate change.

Teaching

I am Course Organiser for the course Ecological and Environmental Analysis (ECSC08008).

Administrative Roles

I'm a member of the organising team for the Global Change seminar series in the School of GeoSciences.

Education/Academic qualification

Geoscience, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ediacaran skeletal metazoans: Affinities, ecology and the role of oxygenation, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 20133 Jul 2017

Award Date: 3 Jul 2017

College Research Themes

  • College of Science and Engineering

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