About the Project
Wales has a long legacy of dealing with invertebrate pests such as great spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus micans) and green spruce aphid (Elatobium abietinum). It therefore provides an excellent opportunity to examine this adaptive management in detail over time, and generate a better understanding of how land-managers respond in practice to the perceived threats and the concrete impacts of tree pests.
This project will utilise in-depth interview, spatial analysis, literature and other documentary review (e.g. forest management plans; imagery), biological survey data, and practitioner workshops to record adaptive management actions taken in response to insect pests over time and in relation to the spatial heterogeneity of pest disturbance in the landscape. It will produce a framework of adaptive management strategies, that will inform future policy and support for affected land managers.
This is an opportunity for someone with an active interest in land management to join a growing and vibrant team of postgraduates and staff at Bangor studying various aspects of forestry, agriculture, and land use, and in particular to contribute to the development of the Sir William Roberts Centre for Sustainable Land Use http://swrc.bangor.ac.uk/.
Supervisors: Dr Norman Dandy, Bangor University ([Email Address Removed]), Dr Mariella Marzano (Forest Research), and Dr James Walmsley (Bangor University).
The project is expected to begin in early 2020, and continue for three years. Queries regarding this studentship, including eligibility, should be directed to [Email Address Removed].
To apply for this fully funded position please email a current CV and covering letter (2 A4 pages maximum) stating your relevant interests and experience to [Email Address Removed] and Penny Dowdney [Email Address Removed] by 30th January 2020.
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