Matthew Kaan Alkan

Assessing the effects of NOx and Ozone on volatile organic compound Signal Mediated InterActions of the silver Y moth (ANOSMIA)



Start Date

  • September 2016


This trans-disciplinary PhD will be the first study to link concepts and techniques from behavioural ecology, chemistry and atmospheric science to study how air pollution interacts with important odours used by insects for foraging (floral VOCs) and mating (pheromones). The studentship focuses on odour-mediated communication in the silver Y moth, using it as a model system to investigate signal disruption by the common air pollutants nitrogen oxides and ozone.