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  Seabirds as monitors of the intertidal habitat

   College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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  Dr R G Nager  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Intertidal habitat is one of the most disturbed marine habitats and is under pressure from climate change and development. Under the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive member
states are required to manage the marine habitats to achieve and maintain Good Environment Status. Therefore it is important to evaluate effective and reliable ways to monitor progress how these habitats are conserved Seabirds as top predators can be used as effective proxies for the quality of habitat. In this PhD project, the student will use existing data from governmental and non-governmental agencies and do fieldwork to collect additional data in Northern Ireland and W-Scotland to evaluate seabirds as indicator species for the health of the intertidal habitat. The aim of the studentship is to develop and validate seabirds as effective monitors for environmental status and as a tool for the management of competing conservation interests in the intertidal habitat. The student will gain experience in field work and valuable techniques in conservation biology (parameters of population trends, reproductive success, resource utilisation through stable isotopes and physiological state). Data on seabirds will then be combined with data on environmental conditions in the intertidal habitat. It will give the student the opportunity to interact and liaise with academics as well as governmental and non-governmental conservation agencies in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The projects will all have a significant component of field work and the rest of the time the student will be based at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment on Loch Lomondside (

This project is funded by a grant from the EU through Interreg 4a

Funding Notes

Funding Details - The annual stipend for this project will be £13,560 (+ full fees) for 3 years.
Starting date - 1 July 2012 the latest
Eligibility - Applicants should have received grade of 2:1 (B) or equivalent in their undergraduate degree in relevant biological or environmental topic. The studentship is open to UK and EU students. It is desired that applicants have passed a driving test at least two years ago. For more details on eligibility and for applicants see below:

'A project supported but the European Union's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body'


How to apply - Cover letter indicating motives and qualifications for undertaking this PhD plus full CV and contact details of 2 referees. Initial enquiries and applications to

Interviews on the 16th April 2012

'A project supported but the European Union's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body'