PhD Student for Seabird Ecology

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PhD Student for Seabird Ecology

Post by marsmuusse » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:03 am

Hi all

Sorry for cross postings; please read this if you are interested or pass it on if you know someone interested. Kees Camphuysen sent me this mail:

Within our Marine Ecology department a long-term project on the foraging ecology and demography of large gulls Laridae is conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics of the University of Amsterdam. In this project the breeding biology and foraging behavior of two gulls species is monitored, also within the context of recent anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems. Tracking studies (using advanced GPS loggers), are an essential part of the operations.

The department is looking for a PhD Student for Seabird Ecology
‘Foraging energetics of colonial seabirds: tracking studies throughout the annual cycle’

Vacancy number: 2013-109

Job description
Within this PhD project we will investigate the foraging ecology of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls). By tracking individuals throughout their annual routine at high spatial and temporal resolutions we will quantify differential resource selection and the energetic expenditures linked with particular types of foraging and relate this to reproductive success and annual survival. We will also evaluate the implications of anthropogenic impacts on (marine) resources (such as fisheries) for these central place foraging birds, primarily within their breeding area (W Wadden Sea and southern North Sea), but also elsewhere during their annual cycle in different climate zones.

This project relies on tracking data collected between 2008 and 2013 but does include substantial further field studies (tracking and breeding biology) in at least two additional field seasons, 2014-2105. The project includes statistical and theoretical modeling of tracking data and energy budgets.

The PhD student will have to function in a small team (with supervisor, students and volunteer field workers) and is expected to share field work duties under pressure (from a progressing season) with co-workers, to participate in data collection, data processing of past and newly acquired data, as well as to write scientific papers on the results of his/her work.

We are looking for a highly motivated and driven individual with a Master degree in Marine Ecology or a related field, affinity for field work and preferably statistical or theoretical background as well.

Experience with field studies (including ringing and tagging) is beneficial, but a genuine interest in field work is essential. Experience with the analysis of tracking data, programming in R and with statistical modeling is beneficial. Good English oral and writing skills are essential. Applicants are expected to stay and work on Texel, certainly within breeding seasons.

Further information:
Further information about the project, including a full project proposal, can be obtained directly from the project leader, Dr. C.J. Camphuysen, or contact our HRM Department, Ms. Jolanda Evers, + 31 (0)222-369371

Applicants should send a cover letter with motivation, CV, names and email addresses of two referees, to the HRM Department, Jolanda Evers Royal NIOZ, P.O. Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, the Netherlands, or preferably per e-mail to: Please quote the vacancy number 2013- 109 in your application.

Closing date: Applications can be submitted until February 15th , 2014

More details on NIOZ website:

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