PhD position in Landscape Ecology (project CALICE)

Call for a PhD position in Landscape Ecology (project CALICE)


Within the project Calibrating Plant Biodiversity in Glacier Ice (CALICE), performed by an international team of the Universities of Innsbruck (Austria) and Bolzano (Italy) as well as the Research Institute FEM (Italy), and coordinated by Prof. Klaus Oeggl (University of Innsbruck) biodiversity changes on the landscape level will be correlated with multi-temporal pollen assemblages and eDNA from ice cores of the Adamello Glacier (Alps, N-Italy). Our aim is to compare and validate biodiversity estimates gained by pollen analysis and eDNA by biodiversity assessments in the catchment area of the glacier for the past 7 decades. This will help to reconstruct how plant biodiversity changed in time and space. We aim to evaluate vegetation and land-use changes, detect the factors that triggered them (e.g. climatic, socio-economic, land use) and the consequences. The results should serve as a calibration data set for future studies.

We therefore search for a highly qualified co-worker who should quantify biodiversity changes on the landscape level, differentiated at various scales. Due to the exposed glacier site and thus its large pollen catchment area, we consider the immediate environment, adjacent regions and the far distance up to 100 km. With historical flora and vegetation surveys, maps, air photographs and satellite images, biodiversity changes along a time gradient will be identified by comparing those with the current situation.

With this sub-project, a PhD should be achieved (Lead supervisors: Prof. Dr. Stefan Zerbe, Dr. Camilla Wellstein, Free University of Bozen – Bolzano). The candidate should have a Master in Landscape Ecology, Biology, Agricultural or Forestry Science, Environmental Sciences, Geography, or related fields and excellent study records. Teamwork and communication capacity is of high importance in our international consortium. Project start will be June, 1st 2017. Gross salary 24.000,00€/year; working place will be Bolzano.

Please, send your application to Prof. Dr. Klaus Oeggl, University of Innsbruck, Austria with CV, motivation letter, publication list and qualification proofs. Deadline for application is May, 7th 2017.

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