New PhD Opportunity in Edinburgh: Stromatolites and their Impostors

This post describes a new PhD project being offered for 2022 through the University of Edinburgh's Earth, Ecology and Environment doctoral training programme (E4 DTP), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The final application deadline is January 6th, 2022, but interested candidates should contact me in good time for a discussion about their … Continue reading New PhD Opportunity in Edinburgh: Stromatolites and their Impostors

PhD Opportunity: Philosophy of Astrobiology at Durham, UK (closed)

We are now seeking to recruit a PhD candidate to join our collaborative interdisciplinary research project, Exploring Uncertainty and Risk in Contemporary Astrobiology (EURiCA), funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Peter Vickers at Durham. I have reproduced below the explanation of this project from my previous blog post. The candidate will be based … Continue reading PhD Opportunity: Philosophy of Astrobiology at Durham, UK (closed)

New collaboration: an Ediacaran mass extinction?

Large organisms whose fossils can reasonably be interpreted as animals did not evolve until late in the Ediacaran period, more than four billion years after the Earth formed. It’s sometimes claimed that these represented the first “complex life” but there’s really nothing simple about bacteria, archaea, algae or fungi, which were already well established and hugely … Continue reading New collaboration: an Ediacaran mass extinction?