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Moulis, France: Postdoc in the invasion process in a dragonfly species PDF Tisk Email
20 months Postdoctoral fellowship: Experimental studies on invasion 
process in a dragonfly species.
At the Field Station of Experimental Ecology in Moulis, France (CNRS �V 
USR 2936)

Project objectives
The position is offered within a pan-European project, Probis 
(Biodiversa, http://biodiversa-probis.weebly.com/). PROBIS aims at 
characterizing patterns of traits variation, and test for the underlying 
evolutionary processes along an invasion succession. More generally we 
aim at determining how the genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity of 
invasive populations along and age-gradient of invaded habitats is 
expressed, and how this may influence the invasion success and rate of 
non-native species establishment.
The post-doc fellow will primarily work on the dragonfly aspect of the 
project. This project will focus on /Crocothemis erythraea/, a dragonfly 
originated from Mediterranean areas and naturally expanding its range 
northwards through Europe. In 2014, we first sampled populations along a 
South-North gradient to isolate changes in the genetic diversity of 
populations, so as to then identify specific populations that will be 
used for experimental works. For the next steps, we will use 6 
populations of different ages since the invasion started across Europe.
The post-doc fellow will quantify the variation and plasticity of 
phenotypic traits associated to each invasion steps and create 
semi-natural populations into an experimental metapopulation system 
(Metatron, http://www.ecoex-moulis.cnrs.fr/spip.php?rubrique5) to 
experimentally measure population invasiveness.
Task of the postdoctoral fellow
The recruited researcher will be in charge of 1) collecting dragonfly 
larvae in 6 populations across Europe, 2) maintaining larvae in lab 
facilities, 3) planning and performing phenotypic measurements 
(morphological and behavioral), 4) maintaining and monitoring 
semi-natural populations and movements between populations and 5) 
analyzing data and writing articles.
This work will likely lead to, at least, two articles as a first author.
Required skills
Able to manage research and administrative activities
Knowledge in biological invasions and/or evolutionary ecology in general.
Knowledge in entomology and possibly dragonfly biology and rearing.
Able to actively participate as a member of a research team.
Good written and verbal communication skills
Able to spend some time travelling abroad
Experience in experimental design
Experience with data manipulation and statistical analysis (including 
mixed models)
Closing of the applications: 15/02/2015
Effective start date: 01/04/2015
Gross monthly salary: ~1850 �� free of taxes
Applications to be sent to / Information to be taken with:
Thank you for sending CV, cover letter and contact details of at least 
two references.
Dr. Simon Blanchet
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Dr. Julien Cote
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