Dr Aldina Franco
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
– Identify the environmental determinants of dispersal and migratory behaviour, controlling for individual fitness, age and sex;
– Incorporate new sensors in existing dataloggers and create new prototypes that simultaneous monitor bird movement (GPS), behavior (accelerometer) and environmental parameters (e.g. temperature, wind speed, barometer)
– Determine the influence of environmental parameters in demography of white storks including migration and over-winter survival, arrival date, nest-site selection, and breeding success;
– Assembling tracking devices, testing of different batteries and solar panels (HWU and UEA);
– Assembling new sensors on existing tracking devices and testing its performance (energy demand and new design) (HWU);
– Programming of tracking devices and of specific sensors according to project requirements (e.g setting up geofences for different sensors) (UEA);
– Deployment of tracking devices on migratory and resident birds (UEA/Portugal);
– Movement and behavior data analyses and interpretation (UEA);
– Demography and survival analyses of birds with different movement strategies (UEA and BTO).
The student will be registered at University of East Anglia (UEA), and hosted at UEA School of Environmental Sciences.
Mode of Study full time
Studentship Length 3 years 8 months
Minimum Entry Standard 2:1 Honours degree
Deadline 16 January 2017