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Alternative life histories: evolutionary ecology and eco-physiology of
facultative anadromy in Brown Trout
Understanding how and why individuals develop strikingly different
phenotypes and life histories in variable environments is a major goal
in evolutionary ecology. It is also a prerequisite for conserving
important biodiversity within species and predicting the impacts of
environmental change and management interventions on natural
 This PhD will form part of a larger ERC-funded research
program to understand the causes and consequences of =E2facultative
anadromy=E2 in brown trout (Salmo trutta), the phenomenon whereby some
individuals in a population migrate to the sea for part of their lives,
while others remain resident in freshwater and never go to sea.
The aim of this 4-year PhD will be to relate variation in trout life
histories to variation in energy acquisition and allocation (i.e.
energy budgets). For example, the balance between metabolic
requirements during growth and available extrinsic resources has been
hypothesised to act as the major physiological driver of migration
decisions in species that exhibit partial migration. The work will
involve large-scale experiments where trout from different populations
are exposed to different environments, in order to understand how genes
and environment interactively determine alternative life histories. The
project will involve both lab work and field work in Ireland and will
apply modern physiological and genetic techniques within an
evolutionary ecology conceptual framework.
The student will be supervised by Dr Thomas Reed (School of BEES) and
will work in a growing team of salmonid researchers, with a broad
network of collaborators across academic and governmental institutions
in Ireland and abroad. The student will be based at the School of
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at University
College Cork (UCC) in the south of Ireland, which offers a vibrant and
diverse research environment. Cork is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and
culturally-diverse coastal city with beautiful landscapes and diverse
options for outdoors pursuits on its doorstep.
Candidates should possess at minimum a 2.1 BSc (Hons) degree in a
relevant discipline (e.g. Ecology, Zoology, Physiology). Applicants
must be self?\motivated with good numerical, communication,
organisational and writing skills. Experience working with fish would
be advantageous but not essential. The studentship is open to non EU
students, though only EU fee rates will be covered.
Informal Enquiries: Please contact Dr Tom Reed (Email: 
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Remuneration: This position covers an amount equivalent to EU fee rates
(non-EU members may apply but would need to cover extra fees
themselves) plus a tax-free stipend of ?18,000 p.a.
To Apply:
To apply please send by email a CV, details of 2 referees, and an
accompanying letter of application outlining your relevant experience
and why you want to do this studentship to Dr T. Reed, School of
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University College Cork,
Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland.
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Dates: Application deadline is 31 July 2015. Interviews will be held
approximately one week later. Start date early September 2015.
Webpage of PI: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D026/treed
General info on fish evolutionary ecology research in Ireland:
Dr Thomas E. Reed
Lecturer in Zoology
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University College Cork, Ireland
Phone: + 353 83 155 3170
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