For example, how changes in individual behaviour translate into a change in population dynamics. Experiments with small laboratory-based aquatic communities provide an excellent tool with which to study effects of habitat availability and environmental change across levels of ecological organisation. Such communities allow long-term experiments with carefully constructed communities, containing few to many species, short to long food chains, and low to high trophic diversity. Long-term experiments (many generations of the dominant organisms) can be carried out during quite short experiments, and observations can be made across levels of ecological organisation. Mathematical models can be used to link observations across levels of organisation.
The project will give the successful applicant an opportunity to perform unique experimental investigations that will advance knowledge about joint effects of habitat size and environmental change.
Informal enquiries should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Applications should be emailed as a single pdf-file directly to Owen Petchey before January 31st 2011.
The University of Zürich: www.uzh.ch
Life Sciences Zürich Graduate School: www.lszgs.ch
Faculty of Science: www.mnf.uzh.ch/forschung/institute-der-mnf.html
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies: www.ieu.uzh.ch
Petchey Group (Sheffield address∑ will change to Zürich soon):
Dennis Hansen: plant-animal.org