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Ecology of Dynamic Seasonal Salt Lakes

  • Full or part time
    Dr V Louca
    Prof F Kuepper
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Seasonal salt lakes present extreme environments, often characterised by low levels of biodiversity and relatively simple food webs. Nevertheless, they are often vital habitats for rare and important species. This study will attempt to characterise seasonal salt lakes in terms of biodiversity, food webs and population dynamics of key species and understand how these vary seasonally as well as long-term.

The project will involve both fieldwork, as well as lab work and statistical modelling of food webs and species population dynamics. There’s substantial flexibility in the project to allow for the research to be adapted to the specific PhD student’s interests and skills.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is only open to sponsored students and those who have their own funding. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding.

To submit an application please visit View Website
-State the name of the lead supervisor on your application
-State the name of the project when asked for a studentship title

Please note that we will not proceed with applications that have not stated their funding source.


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