Climate change impacts biodiversity worldwide. Our research team investigates the impact of climate change (and from general perspectives, anthropogenetic effects) on shorebirds: plovers, sandpipers and alllies. We offer a PhD that combines two main elements of research. First, field biology - the student will join a dozen of ongoing field projects of various shorebird species in Madagascar, Hungary, China and several other countries. S/he will use individual-based behavioural observations to quantify behaviour, life history and demography. Second, the student will carry out global investigation of shorebirds in regard to climatic variation. This is a data-based research can reveal global patterns in biodiversity (and its loss).
The PhD will be based at Debrecen University or the University of Pannonia. We have an excellent network of collaborating institutions, academics, researchers and students. The PhD will train the student in ecology, behaviour and evolution, and there will be an emphasis on biodiversity conservation applications.
We seek bright and motivated stduents from any country with interest in evolution, behaviour and conservation.
For further details, please see the supervisors' details:
Prof Tamas Szekely https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam%C3%A1s_Sz%C3%A9kely_(biologist)
Dr Andras Kosztolanyi https://univet.hu/hu/egyetem/munkatarsak/kosztolanyi-andras/
Prof Andras Liker https://ornithology.limnologia.hu/people/andras-liker/
Prof Zsolt Vegvari https://ecolres.hu/Vegvari.Zsolt
For our scientific approach, research and training opportunities see https://elvonalshorebirds.com/