Postdoctoral position in spatial ecology or quantitative geography –
university of Bordeaux, FRANCE
Deadline for application: April 1st, 2016.
The University of Bordeaux (France) is recruiting a postdoctoral
researcher to work within a multidisciplinary project looking at
relationships between human activities and ecosystem responses, viewed in
terms of functional biodiversity. The postdoc will mostly interact with
members of the Integrative and Theoretical Ecology chair (mainly L.
Carassou), which has ongoing collaborations with many other institutions
and partners of the Labex COTE (CNRS, INRA, IFREMER, IRSTEA, University
of Bordeaux http://ift.tt/23LztHB).
The goal of the project is to improve our understanding of how ecosystem
functions and services supported by biodiversity respond to changes in
the nature and intensity of human impacts at various spatial scales, from
ecosystem to regional level, in the areas of the Gironde estuary,
Arcachon Bay and their watersheds. We focus on wetlands as representative
of transition ecosystems combining multiple human uses and high natural
Biodiversity is defined here through a functional ecology perspective,
i.e., species filling a particular niche with a given set of traits and
across multiple taxa. Prioritized biological groups include birds, fish
and insects. The definition of pertinent diversity indices will favor
multiple taxa but other options may be possible depending on the
candidate interest and data availability.
Investigations on the human impacts will be based on innovative
approaches from economics (collaboration with Gretha : Research Group on
Applied and Theoretical Economics) and social sciences (collaboration
with IRSTEA : Institute of Scientific and Technical Research on
Environment and Agriculture).
The core of the proposed work relies on the coupling between ecological
and socio-economic data, based on mapping and spatial statistics.
Therefore, we are looking for candidates with a strong background in
quantitative geography or spatial ecology, able to work in a
multidisciplinary context, and skilled in applied spatial modelling
techniques (i.e., GIS, spatial statistics). The candidate is also
expected to contribute to the gathering of land-use information. The
ability to communicate in English in a professional context is required.
Proficiency in french is a plus.
The position is funded for two years by Labex COTE. Applicants should
send a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a
curriculum vitae, and name and contact information of three references
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