vendredi 7 août 2015
One year junior post doc position in seabird biotelemetry and population dynamics
Posting: Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France.
Project leaders: David Grémillet and Aurélien Besnard.
Starting date: 1st November 2015
Duration: One year (potentially extendable to two years)
Requirement: PhD completed within the last 24 months
Application deadline: 1st September 2015
The overall aim of the project is to verify and establish the status of Scopoli’s shearwaters as ecological indicators in the western Mediterranean.
To this aim, the Post Doc will explore two sets of state variables, and their functional links with environmental parameters:
1) The reproductive performance and annual survival rates of adult shearwaters, as determined through a >20 year mark-recapture study of individually-marked birds, will be confronted with environmental conditions, both at their Mediterranean breeding site and across their non-breeding migratory areas in the Atlantic.
2) The at-sea home-range and foraging effort of birds are also tightly linked to marine resources, and the ecological state of the western Mediterranean during the breeding season. These state variables, determined via electronic tracking and stable isotopic analyses of trophic status, will therefore be confronted with environmental conditions, especially the spatio-temporal availability of small pelagic fish in the western Mediterranean.
Finally, exploratory analyses will be conducted upon the potential impact of a forthcoming offshore wind farm on foraging Scopoli’s shearwaters. These analyses will be fed into a project application aiming at extending this Post Doc to a second year.
Two scientific publications in international research journals. The Post Doc will also be in charge of promoting his/her work through a variety of media (dedicated web portal, social media, educative online videos) and by attending meetings with the AAMP and further stakeholders.
The candidate should have (1) Strong computational, analytical and mapping skills, as the candidate will have to deal with large databases, to download and format remote-sensing biotic/abiotic information, to perform sophisticated statistical analyses and modelling of time series as well as of spatial data, and to adequately graph/map research outcomes. (2) A taste for writing, as the work will involve reporting to the Agency for Marine Protected Areas, as well as publishing two papers in high-profiled journals. (3) The capacity to conduct seabird fieldwork involving GPS-recorder deployments on sensitive wildlife, and to function in the most secure manner in an isolated insular environment. (4) The candidate will be expected to be fairly independent across the project, including the writing up of papers. (3) French language skills are a plus, but not mandatory.
Salary and terms: please contact us for detailed information
Location: The Post Doc fellow will be based at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive in Montpellier, France (http://www.cefe.cnrs.fr/fr/ ).
Project partners: David Grémillet and Aurélien Besnard (coordinators, CEFE-CNRS), Elodie Debize (Parc National des Calanques, Marseille), Boris Daniel (Agence des Aires Marines Protégées). Collaborations will also be maintained with Capucine Mellon and Claire Saraux (IFREMER Sète), and with Frédéric Bouchette (Géosciences Montpellier).
Catégories Post Doc