Next Event: PubhD #53 (Ecology, Economics, Medicine)

This page shows the next Nottingham event. For events in other locations see the PubhD Locations page.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

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The Vat and Fiddle pub (in the Golding’s Room),
12 Queen’s Bridge Road

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Three speakers will explain their research to a bunch of people in the pub in exchange for a pint or two.

The talks are at “pub level” – you don’t need to be an academic to understand them!

See The PubhD Format and About pages for more information about what to expect at an event.


The speakers are:

  • Simon Tarr (Ecology) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He’s a macroecologist investigating how competition affects the distribution of species across the planet. All forms of life compete for access to resources in order to survive and reproduce but how these competitive interactions play out across the globe are poorly understood. His talk will discuss how statistics and ‘big data’ are helping to reveal these fundamental species interactions across large geographical extents, with potentially important consequences for managing invasive species.
  • Jesal D. Sheth (Economics) is a Behavioural Economics PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham. The research question that fascinates her is: Do people infer that no news is bad news, or are they naive? Jesal further investigates mechanisms to increase disclosure of information from those who possess it.
  • Samantha Harrison (Medicine) is a first-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is a clinical neuroscientist investigating how patterns of brain activation can predict speech understanding outcomes in infants who receive cochlear implants. Not all children receive equal benefit from their cochlear implant so it is important to know who might need extra help. This research utilises a neuroimaging technique called functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) which uses light to map blood flow in the brain.