Integrating fisheries biology, economics and risk assessment to tackle the problem of parasites in the fish supply chain
Supervisors: Prof Graham Pierce (University of Aberdeen), Norval Strachan (University of Aberdeen), Ioannis Theodossiou (University of Aberdeen), Dr Campbell Pert (Marine Scotland Science)
An opportunity has arisen for a multidisciplinary PhD studentship to run alongside the EU-funded PARASITE project, from which 50% of the funding will be sourced. The project involves:
• Pre-assessment (understanding the framing and selection rules employed to study this particular risk)
• Providing support for identification of parasites in fish obtained from around the UK. This will lead to statistical models of parasite burdens in fish and potential exposure to consumers.
• Development of a spread-sheet based quantitative risk assessment utilising data from both questionnaires and fisheries surveys.
• Determining by questionnaire both the concerns and tolerability of the risk.
• Utilise information obtained from other partners in the project on the efficacy, practicality and cost of interventions.
• Prepare and analyse a questionnaire on the “willingness to pay” for reduction of the risk
The student will be required to liaise with European partners as appropriate, be keen to develop skills in a number of different areas and be willing to work with a range of scientific disciplines, the public and industry.
Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a minimum of an upper second class UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK.
You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing.
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