About the Project
Research foci: (1) connectivity associated with geodiversity; (2) links between geodiversity and habitat provision for rare species; (3) links between geodiversity, rare habitat types (including wildflower meadows) and ecosystem function. Data will be collected for birds, plants, small mammals and invertebrates (primarily key pollinators – butterflies, moths, bees), and related to land-cover change (from remote sensing and historical maps/images).
Fieldwork is supported by our CASE partner, financially and through on-site specialists. It builds on data collected since 2013. Importantly, this existing dataset means the project is viable even if coronavirus-related restrictions preclude/limit fieldwork. There may also be fieldwork opportunities elsewhere in the region (e.g. Carpathian Mountains).
With infrastructure, external funding, project partners and data in place, fieldwork and manuscript preparation will proceed quickly. The successful applicant will have excellent training and placement opportunities, and networking with our impressive set of collaborators. Additional co-authored publications are likely, given the research team involved.
Applicants should have aptitude for fieldwork and data analysis, good writing skills and, importantly, willingness to maximise the remarkable opportunities offered.
Applicants must hold a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2:1 level, or equivalent, in either a subject such as Biology, Ecology, Physical Geography, Environmental/Natural Sciences or in Mathematics/Statistics. In either case, the applicant should be excited to learn about the other area of expertise.
Good conceptual and practical knowledge of remote sensing/GIS is desirable. So are programming (ideally in R), ecological/geological field experience, database management and geostatistical skills are assets. However, enthusiasm for nature and curiosity about the best ways to conserve it under environmental change are by far the most important requirements.
We expect the most competitive applicants will have a Master’s qualification or equivalent, and/or substantial practical experience. The project may be undertaken on either a full- or part-time basis.
For further details (recommended), please contact Dr Richard Field (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Franziska Schrodt(email@example.com) – we would prefer it if you send your email to both of us, please.
For more detailed eligibility criteria please see the Envision website - View Website.
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