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Prevention, Control and Eradication of Invasive Species (2; ITSligo)

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    Dr F Lucy
    Prof J Dick
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

PhD studentship is funded (EU/UK Students only) and will start on 1st March 2016.

Institution: Centre for Environmental Research, Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS), School of Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ash Lane, Sligo, Ireland.

Partner: INVAS Biosecurity Ltd., Ireland

Co-Supervisor: Dr Joe Caffrey

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) cites the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) as “immense, insidious, and usually irreversible”, with new EU legislation on “the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (IAS)” to be implemented in 2016. Increasingly, IAS threaten biodiversity, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, recreation, and human and animal/plant health, with £Billions in annual economic costs. It is thus timely to boost research and development capacity to tackle IAS at local, regional and global scales. This fully funded PhD project will join a range of research projects on invasive species being conducted at the Institute of Technology Sligo and Queen’s University Belfast, partnered with INVAS Biosecurity, to tackle IAS problems with multiple approaches. The student will address: (1) systematic reviews and horizon scans of IAS issues in general and within Ireland in particular; (2) development of communications for prevention, control and eradication of IAS. Further, the student will examine and develop IAS biosecurity protocols (e.g. surveys of vectors, develop IAS signage) at points of entry (e.g. ports) and, in the field, develop herbicide/adjuvant control methods for the invasive terrestrial plant, Winter heliotrope, Petasites fragrans application). The student will benefit from research and training in a truly inter-disciplinary environment at ITSligo and Queen’s University Belfast and with practitioners in the field (INVAS Biosecurity), with further opportunities to collaborate with ecologists, engineers, geographers, sociologists, state agencies, government and regulators, industry stakeholders and local communities.

Applicants must submit CV and Letter of Motivation to Dr Frances Lucy - [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Fully funded 3-year PhD studentship pays Republic of Ireland University tuition fees (currently Euro 4,000 per annum) and stipend of Euro 16,000 per annum. Applicants must have a BSc and/or MSc in Ecology (or similar discipline), or equivalent qualifications. Prospective applicants may contact the lead supervisor, Dr. Frances Lucy at [Email Address Removed] and second supervisor Prof. Jaimie Dick at [Email Address Removed] and partner co-supervisor Dr Joe Caffrey at [Email Address Removed] (

Applicants must submit CV and Letter of Motivation to Dr Frances Lucy - [Email Address Removed]

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