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  The ecology underpinning conservation management of rare freshwater fishes

   College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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  Prof Colin Adams, Dr P Boylan  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The basic ecological processes in an ecosystem which supports rare species are largely ignored in the management strategies for the species concerned. This project will attempt to identify and quantify the principal ecological drivers supporting rare freshwater fish species in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. One focus of the study will be to attempt to identify appropriate units of conservation in species that are high variable in phenotype. The main study species will be the Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus, smelt Osmerus eperlanus and shad (Alosa sp.).
The work will adopt a combination of manipulative experimental and field study approaches.

The project will be based at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment on Loch Lomondside and at the Loughs Agency in Northern Ireland (approximately 50% time in each location). There will be a significant element of field work in this project.

Funding Notes

This studentship attracts an annual stipend of £13,560 and is open to any suitably qualified candidate from the UK or EU countries. Because of funding and restrictions the studentship must begin by June 2012.

Preliminary applications comprising a full CV, including contact details for 2 referees and a covering letter explaining why you are particularly suitable for this studentship, should be sent to [Email Address Removed]

Interviews are likely to be held in early May.

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