|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£17,668 Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees|
|Placed On:||3rd February 2023|
|Closes:||23rd February 2023|
3 Year, full-time PhD studentship
Eligibility: Home UK/EU and International applicants
Bursary p.a: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (current 2022/23 bursary rate is £17,668)
University fees and bench fees: University fees and bench fees will be met by the University for the 3 years of the funded Studentship. Visa and associated costs are not funded. International applicants can visit https://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/isat/ for further information.
Interviews: Provisionally 13, 14 March 2023
Start date: September 2023
Project Title: Using the population structure of seabirds to predict demography
Director of Studies: Dr Andrew Lack
Supervisors: Dr Tom Hart; Dr Peter Long
Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. Non-UK Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.
There is an additional requirement to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/week during semesters and to participate in a teaching skills course without further remuneration.
Globally, seabirds are threatened by human disturbance, fishing, climate change and pollution, culminating in a two -third reduction of monitored populations worldwide. However, monitored populations are rarely remote and likely bias our understanding of seabird populations. What about unmonitored populations? How about detecting population stress prior to observed decline? We hypothesise a structural component to changes in population size, reflected in the density and microhabitat use of a colony. We also believe that we can use microhabitat and colony structure to determine in a snapshot whether populations are declining, stable or increasing. We need a PhD student to investigate how colony structure and colony counts can be used to predict past, present and future influences on seabirds in remote, polar environments and remoter parts of the UK and Europe. The studentship would suit someone interested in remote monitoring, marine conservation and applied policy moving forward.
Fieldwork is not required, but we strongly encourage it, dependent on the successful applicant passing fieldwork training requirements and medical screening. There is a strong reliance on coding skills, but this means different things to different people, so we encourage interested candidates to contact us with a CV.
(essential, but we will provide training in this)
Advertised competitively alongside our current PhD studentship advertisements for Biological and Medical Sciences
How to apply: Applicants should visit the project webpage https://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/research/population-structure-of-seabirds
to download instructions on how to submit an online application.
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