These factors include aspects of their own intrinsic capacity as well as many aspects of their social nd ecological environment. In this project we investigate (a) how lesser Black-backed gulls achieve efficient within-pair coordination and potentially equality in reproductive investment and (b) how foraging specialisation both in terms of degree (generalist-specialist spectrum) and type (anthropogenic, terrestrial, or marine) of specialisation affects their reproductive success.
The fieldwork will also involve the measuring and weighing of chicks to follow their development and fledging success. After the field season the videos will be analysed with the programme “The ObserverXT” at the University of Antwerp.
We are looking for two enthusiastic master students, who like working in the field/lab and can cope with at sometimes difficult working conditions. Previous field experience is desirable, but not essential. Fieldwork will take place in Vlissingen (the Netherlands), a driving license is a prerequisite. Data will be analysed in the statistical programme R, and previous experience is an advantage.
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