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PhD Studentship: Sound of Sharks: Assessing the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Sharks in Plymouth Sound and Surrounding Waters to Inform Sustainable Ecosystem Management Approaches

University of Plymouth

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship is supported for 3.5 years and includes full home tuition fees plus a stipend at the 2024/25 rate
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th October 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024

Sound of Sharks: assessing the spatial and temporal distribution of sharks in Plymouth Sound and surrounding waters to inform sustainable ecosystem management approaches

Lead Supervisor (DoS): Dr Emma Sheehan

Second Supervisor: Professor David Sims

Third Supervisor: Dr Peter Miller

Applications are invited for a 3.5 year PhD studentship with Marine Research Plymouth – a collaborative partnership between the University of Plymouth, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association. The studentship is due to start on 1st October 2024.

Plymouth has been at the forefront of global marine research for more than a century, and today it is home to the largest concentration of marine researchers in the UK. Come and join our vibrant community of marine PhD students.

Project Description

Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) play a key role in maintaining ecosystem structure and function, building ocean-human connections through tourism, and underpin valuable recreational and commercial fisheries. Globally, elasmobranchs are threatened with extinction, attributed mainly to overfishing and incidental bycatch, and population recovery is limited due to being slow to mature and reproduce. Insufficient monitoring and management have allowed the proportion of threatened elasmobranchs to increase in recent years. Elasmobranchs are a critical marine resource that requires a dramatic improvement to management.

By combining acoustic telemetry (tagging and tracking), video surveys and Earth observation systems, this PhD will build a better understanding of elasmobranch movement and distribution around Plymouth Sound and surrounding waters. The student will use and build upon the University of Plymouth’s telemetry array to investigate movement ecology of key elasmobranchs and their prey. Small scale distribution and habitat use over time will be investigated using an extensive collection of video survey data gathered around the Southwest. Combining these techniques with remote sensing data, the student will develop modelling approaches to identify environmental drivers of elasmobranch distribution and residence such as marine heatwaves, frontal zones and extreme climate events. Collaborative working with recreational anglers, local organisations and authorities, combined with historical datasets, will provide insight into the effect of current management measures such as MPA’s on elasmobranchs and facilitate the development of improved management plans and conservation measures.

The student will receive training in tagging techniques including a Home Office personal licence, followed by practical experience assisting the experienced UoP team. They will plan and conduct fieldwork including tagging, receiver downloads and maintenance. They will gain training and experience in processing large datasets using advanced statistical analysis and visualisation techniques. Aspirational components of the PhD may include advanced monitoring technology such as EK80 echo sounder surveys.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Emma Sheehan.

Eligibility and Funding

For further information on Eligibility and Funding, please click on the links below: 

To apply for this position please click the 'Apply' button, above.

Please clearly state the name of the studentship that you are applying for on your personal statement.

For a list of supporting documents to upload with your application or more information on the admissions process generally, please visit our How to Apply for a Research Degree webpage or contact the Doctoral College.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 8th January 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed as soon as possible after the deadline, with interviews likely to take place in the second half of February.

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