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Congratulations to Beth Holland who passed her PhD on Friday. After a weekend to celebrate, Beth is straight back to work as a mathematical modeller on the RIPE project at the University of Illinois.

PhD opportunity in the group

A NERC-funded PhD opportunity to work in the group, looking at the origins of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent. The student will work in the field with collaborators in Jordan and in the herbarium at Kew Gardens, looking at the ecology and productivity characteristics of wild cereals and pulses. Applications close on 9th January. Contact […]

Postdoc opportunity

Postdoc to work with me for 12 months on how C4 photosynthesis influences plant drought tolerance. Comparative growth experiment, ecophysiology, energy storage. Closing date 4th Dec.


email Colin c.p.osborne@sheffield.ac.uk if you want to chat about the position.

A new global picture of domestication

Here – a behind-the-scenes blog post that Ruben wrote about our recent paper on domesticated animals and plants. Can artificial selection produce phenotypes absent from wild species? Are domesticated species exceptional compared with wild species? And are particular evolutionary groups more likely than others to have been domesticated?

Coping with the Cold

Here – the behind-the-scenes story about Teera’s recent paper on plant cold adaptation. How it came about, what we think it all means.

Congrats Dr Jardine!

And a belated congratulations to Emma, who passed her PhD viva and has now moved on to work with Andy Hector and Lindsay Turnbull at the University of Oxford.

Check out Emma’s blog here. It’s good stuff.

The first farmers

Colin wrote a piece in The Conversation about our recent paper on seed size selection by early farmers. link


Julia, Angie, Beth and Jason all graduated with their PhDs last week. Congratulations!

The Conversation

Angie is spending a busy few weeks revising a paper, analysing her experimental data, and moonlighting as science editor at The Conversation. Since articles published there can be reproduced under the Creative Commons licence, we’ll be reposting some recent pieces by lab members in the coming days.

PhD opportunity

Leverhulme Centre for Advanced Biological Modelling

University of Sheffield


Intermediate complexity models of plant metabolism and growth


Colin Osborne (Dept. of Animal and Plant Sciences), Nick Monk (School of Mathematics and Statistics), Richard Clayton (Dept. of Computer Science)

Project Outline

Improving crop photosynthesis is a major international research priority, which aims to deliver […]