About the Project
1. Using a test system such as kittiwakes or guillemots from the Isle of May Long Term Study, develop a method to combine exposure of seabirds to multiple pressures in time and space.
2. Using the same system, establish the relative severity of these pressures on a single unified scale.
3. Further to 1&2, develop a vulnerability assessment that combines exposure and severity and incorporates populations’ potential to recover, based on census data.
4. Apply the method developed to a larger scale (e.g. UK species and/or UK waters) and incorporate the implications of realistic management scenarios for key pressures.
Ours will be the first attempt to combine multiple datasets on seabirds and to develop and apply a methodology that can work at multiple scales, while incorporating variation in space and time that is inherent to these animals and their threats. Cumulative impacts on some species are already recognized and in the UK our partners JNCC urgently require an approach to meaningfully assess impacts across sectors to facilitate sustainable development, particularly in relation to offshore wind farms.
Candidates should be interested in marine conservation, spatial ecology and novel analytical approaches. Fieldwork experience is available during the project. Applications should consist of a CV and a cover letter in which you should describe how and why your interests and experience match the likely demands of this particular PhD.
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