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Potsdam: PhD Position in Behavioural Ecology STARTING JAN. 2016 PDF Tisk Email

A PhD position is available in the Animal Ecology Group of Jana Eccard at the University of Potsdam. The position is part of a 3-year DFG grant to study the interaction or reproductive and antipredatory behaviours.

Reproductive behaviours in a risky world: are mothers trading-off offspring safety for future fitness?

Individuals do not only have to eat without been eaten, they also have to balance the risk of mortality with their investment into reproduction. Here we study trade-offs between reproductive and anti-predatory behaviours. Rodents are a suitable study system: they are highly depredated, have flexible mating system (i.e. can mate singly or multiply), and can potentially simultaneously invest into nestling litters (current investment) and pregnancy (future investment). This produces a conflict between caring for the current offspring, and leaving the offspring temporally behind for mating in order to be able to invest into future offspring. It further allows to  separate the effects of predation risk on different stages in the life cycle on the trade-off between current reproductive investment (nest guarding) and future reproductive investment (mating behaviour).

In our experiments individual variation in time allocation, physiological responses, space use and mating success will be monitored allowing quantifying both behavioural and fitness consequences. Experiments will be conducted in different spatial and temporal scales: behavioural observations in the laboratory and automated telemetry observations in semi-natural enclosures. Results of the experiments will give novel estimates of the general flexibility of reproductive behaviour and for the first time measure life-history trade-offs of reproduction and mortality risk for individuals in semi-natural settings.

How to apply: 
Your application should include a cover letter, transcript of master degree, C.V. (including, if applicable, your research experience, conference attendance, publication list), contact information of the referees of your master thesis -  please combine to ONE pdf not larger than 4MB) and send to  Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript  not later than the 15th of November 2015. The candidate can start Januar 2016.

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Bern, Switzerland: PhD, plant-pollinator interactions PDF Tisk Email


Application deadline: 02.11.2015

PhD position in plant-pollinator interactions (University of Bern, Switzerland)

We are offering a PhD project on the influence of light pollution on plant-pollinator interactions. The three-year position is funded by the Swiss National Foundation and located at the Community Ecology Group of the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Over the last decade, research on plant-pollinator interactions has mostly focused only on diurnal pollinators and neglected nocturnal pollinators.

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PhD position in evolutionary ecology of ants at the University of Florida PDF Tisk Email

The Lucky lab at UF is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2016. The 
general focus of the position will be on the impact of native and exotic 
ant biodiversity on ecosystems. Students interested in joining the lab 
will have the opportunity to develop their own research focus in this 
area. Relevant topics include systematics, population genetics, 
symbiosis and community phylogenetics.

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Connecticut: PhD and MSc. in Trophic or competitive interactions in tropical and temperate forests PDF Tisk Email

The Bagchi lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut invites applications from motivated and independent Ph. D. and M. S. students to start in the Fall of 2016. Our group combines experimental and quantitative approaches to investigate processes that regulate diversity in ecological communities, especially in the context of natural and anthropogenic gradients. Much of our work involves tropical forests but we also work in temperate systems, which may be more tractable for some of our questions. 

Some questions that we are interested in are: 1) Is coexistence of competing plant species maintained by natural enemies? 2) How do interactions between plants and their natural enemies vary along environmental (e.g. precipitation and soil fertility) and anthropogenic (e.g. habitat fragmentation and hunting) gradients? 3) What factors influence the relative abundances of host-specialist and host-generalist herbivores in ecological communities? 4) How does fruiting synchrony affect seedling survival in Southeast Asian rain forests and what factors increase asynchronous fruiting? 5) How do different coexistence mechanisms influence the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning? This is far from an exhaustive list and is meant to give a flavor of the types of questions we address. Other ideas that fit in with our overall research themes are very welcome (if in doubt, drop us an email). 

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology or a related discipline and a Master’s degree will be advantageous for Ph. D. applications. A broad knowledge of ecology, strong written and verbal communication ability in English and quantitative skills are essential. Preference will be given to applicants with proven research aptitude (e.g. published papers), experience of field work, and an interest and knowledge of natural history (especially in the system they would like to work in). To be competitive for admission to UConn's graduate program, students should have a GPA of >3.5 (or equivalent for international students) and GREs of 80% or higher. 

Application process

Interested and qualified candidates should browse my web page (http://bagchi.eeb.uconn.edu) and then email me ( Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript ) with 1) a description of research interests and brief ideas for research projects (5-6 sentences), 2) an up-to-date CV, 3) a sample of scientific writing (e.g. a thesis chapter, term paper or first-authored publication), 4) degree results (GPA or equivalent) and GRE scores. I will give preference to applicants who contact me by Friday, October 30th 2015 so that we have plenty of time to discuss projects and funding opportunities before the UConn Graduate School’s application deadline on December 15th 2015. Strong applicants will be contacted to schedule an informal interview via Skype. Financial support is available through research assistantships, teaching assistantships and university fellowships, but applicants are strongly encouraged to seek external funding. The UConn Graduate School has several funding opportunities for outstanding applicants and groups that are historically under-represented in science.

Dr Robert 
Assistant Professor  
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary 
University of 
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 
Storrs, CT 
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Leuven, Belgium: PhD, refugia of Antarctic fish PDF Tisk Email
PhD student in evolutionary biology at the University of Leuven,
Department of Biology, Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary
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