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Marine ecology and spatial planning for changing coral reef ecosystems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

This is an open call for international or self-funded students who wish to develop their skill base in marine conservation science. Particularly, students with an interest in marine spatial planning, tropical marine ecology, and marine spatial ecology are encouraged to get in touch.

The specifics of the research will be developed with the student, but centre around these example questions:
1. How can marine protected areas be designed to better incorporate ecological and social dynamics?
2. How should conservation area design incorporate/ deal with climate change?
3. How can conservation planning incorporate land-sea linkages (ecological, social)?
4. Given known and predicted species/ habitat distributions, where are priority sites for marine protected areas in a case study area?

You will be supervised by Dr Beger (), and other appropriate experts at Leeds; these are world-leaders in their fields with an excellent track record in training PhD students and publishing high impact research. Where applicable, projects offer the unique opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge base, potentially encompassing conservation science, marine ecology and climate dynamics, and offers specialist training in:
• scientific programming skills for processing and visualising large datasets;
• skills in spatial conservation decision making and commonly used decision support software, such as Marxan (www.marxan.org);
• developing and implementing a new conservation framework with international applicability.

Funding Notes

Typical entry requirements: An excellent first degree, Masters degree or equivalent relevant to conservation science; and a strong interest in inter-disciplinary research. Skills or interest in quantitative approaches and marine ecology are important, as is a passion for true conservation progress.

How good is research at University of Leeds in Biological Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 60.90

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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