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Funded PhD Studentship in Spatial Ecology
University of Birmingham


The aim of this project is to gain an understanding of the relationship between agricultural land-use – in the context of the wider landscape – and functional diversity, covering a wide range of functions and taxonomic groups via the following questions: 1) which functional groups are most impacted by agricultural land-use?; 2) are communities in agriculturally intensive landscapes more functionally homogenised (and less resilient) compared to other land-uses?; and 3) how can we design agricultural landscapes to avoid loss of functional diversity and ecosystem services? The project will lead to new insights and syntheses concerning how multiple species are impacted by agriculture and how these impacts alter ecosystem functioning.
Postdoc - BVOCs and trophic interactions
We are looking for a postdoc to work on BVOCs and trophic interactions for a two position. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in insect ecology, with research experience in biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) and plant-herbivore-predator interactions. Please contact Louise Ashton if you are interested.
Funded PhD studentship on Alpine orchids and climate change
John Innes Centre/University of East Anglia
Come join the Byers Lab on a fully funded PhD studentship on hybrid Alpine orchids and how they might have adapted to past and future climate change! More details in the link below.
Four PhDs in Evolution and Ecology of Phenology across Spatial Scales
University of Oxford
Four PhDs fully funded for 4 years from Oct 2023-27. Part of UKRI Frontiers (a.k.a ERC Advanced Grant) awarded to Ben Sheldon
PhD opportunity in Bigger, better hedgerows – assessing hedge structure and landscape context for pollinating insects
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Scenario DTP studentship open for applications on hedgerows for pollinating insects including butterflies and moths. Joint supervision from UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and University of Reading, with a CASE placement at the Tree Council
Researcher in ecological impact assessment
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
The Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation (BEC) Research Group, within the BNR Program is looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher interested in applying statistical and data analytical approaches in applied ecological and conservation contexts.
Newcastle University, BAS and SUERC
Assessing the environmental and ecological drives of interannual variability in the life histories and population dynamics of icefishes (Family Channichthyidae) around the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia. See link for full details
PhD on How do urban adapters thrive in anthropogenically-modified environments
Liverpool John Moores University
Urbanisation produces increasingly fragmented landscapes that can impact survival, physiology and behaviour of animals by magnifying exposure to chemical, light and noise pollution as well as changes in food resources. Thus, it is not surprising that urban areas often experience reduced biodiversity and have long been perceived as spaces of little conservation relevance. However, certain species are progressively colonising human settlements and we do not yet understand the factors that enable these urban adapters to flourish and coexist with us in cities.

This PhD project thus aims to gather crucial information for predicting the ability and requirements of wildlife to cope with anthropogenically-modified environments, using the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) as a model species.

The student will develop and test a novel combination of indicators to quantify wildlife responses to urbanisation. This will involve monitoring and tracking of free-living hedgehogs along rural-urban gradients around Liverpool. The use of biologging methods will allow the collection of data on activity, timing of reproduction as well as nest sites and home range use. Monitoring of appropriate indicators of state, including quantification of reproductive timing and use of thermal imaging to record stress responses, will be used to help to identify the intrinsic and extrinsic factors essential for urban adaption. Through this combination of techniques, the student will assess the link between habitat features, physiological and behavioural adaptations and individual state. The results will allow the development of an integrated approach to assess the sensitivity of species to environmental change.

The PhD student will join our flourishing School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, at Liverpool John Moores University and work under the supervisory team of Dr Julia Nowack, Dr Ross MacLeod and Dr Christine Beardsworth.
PhD studentship investigating beaver effects on biodiversity, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 
Liverpool John Moores University
Join our collaborative, multidisciplinary team of scientists and conservation practitioners at the School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University. The PhD research will involve studying the spatio-temporal dynamics of beaver effects on biodiversity, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions before and after beaver reintroduction in Cheshire. The work has strong fieldwork and analytical components, but opportunities for lab training in molecular techniques are also available. Deadline 5th Jan 2023. Further information in link, via e-mail ( or catch me after my talk, session S51 on 21st Dec! 
Field Assistant in biodiversity and ecosystem function monitoring
University of Reading
This is a research assistant role starting in January and running to September. It is part of an ecology project on cover crops and sustainable farming in arable systems in the UK, with the opportunity to learn biodiversity and ecosystem functioning sampling techniques in the field and lab. We work in a team of three people. Any qs please just ask!
Herbivore impact ecologist
The James Hutton Institute

Main Purpose of Job
This post will work with staff in the Biodiversity and Ecosystems group addressing grazing impacts on upland vegetation systems and the interactions with other drivers of vegetation change. The post holder will initially work on existing research projects in this area, for example developing methods to monitor grazing impacts and populations of herbivores. However, the post holder will be expected to grow the Hutton’s research in herbivore impacts and related biological interactions in upland habitats by working with colleagues in the Biodiversity and Ecosystems group, within the Ecological Sciences department, in other Departments across the institute.

• PhD in ecology or a relevant discipline
• Relevant research experience in community ecology and vegetation dynamics
• At least 3 years post-doctoral research experience
• Knowledge and experience of measuring, monitoring, and analysing herbivore impacts and other drivers (e.g., muirburn, pollution, climate change, tree colonisation) of vegetation change and how these different drivers interact
• Experience in analysing long-term vegetation datasets
• Ecological knowledge of a wide range of upland habitats across the UK
• Skilled in a variety of statistical methods (e.g., mixed models) and use of R
• Full driver’s license
• Strong publication track record
• Evidence of significant experience in applying for research grants or fellowships
• People and project management skills including experience in managing and co-ordinating field staff and complex field research activities
• Experiencing of liaising with stakeholder groups such as conservation agencies and landowners
• Willingness, ability and enthusiasm to collaborate in inter- and trans-disciplinary research teams

Assessing the welfare of wild birds and the health of their environments through the use of bioacoustics analysis
Liverpool John Moores University
As in humans, animal vocalisations carry emotional, physiological and individual information about an animal’s state and its responses to its environment. Suggesting that they can serve as potentially useful non-invasive indicators for inferring both wild animal welfare and the condition of the environments they inhabit. Modern sound analysis techniques now provide tools to discriminate, analyse and classify specific vocalisations and vocal patterns allowing them to be used for monitoring welfare of different farm and laboratory animals.

This PhD aims to apply these principles and use passive acoustic monitoring and analysis of the vocalisations of wild bird populations to explore how the welfare of wild animals changes in different areas and explore how these changes in vocal signatures across different populations can be used as an environmental monitoring tool.

The project will use bird populations of some of the most common bird species in the UK (house sparrow, blue tit, robin and blackbird) subject to different population regulation pressures (in urban, rural and conservation areas around Liverpool) to identify vocal patterns and chorus characteristics related to different environmental risks such as starvation and predation risk, and human disturbance. Restricted access to food, reduced body condition and increased predation risk are considered negative experiences according to the Five Domains Model of animal welfare and result in negative states that consequently reduce overall welfare over time. These factors similarly reflect poor environmental conditions, while birds are known for being good indicators of the health of their environment and respond rapidly to changing conditions in the quality of their (and our) environments.
The PhD student will join our flourishing School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, at Liverpool John Moores University and work under the supervisory team of Dr Luiza Passos and Dr Ross Macleod.
PhD on peat-forming seasonally flooded forests of the Peruvian Amazon
University of St Andrews
Two funding opportunities available to work on this exciting topic, IAPETUS 2 DTP, and School of Geography, University of St Andrews Scholarship. Come and study the carbon storage, distribuition,ecology and long term ecology of these fascinating ecosystems with us!
PhD opportunity Future hedgescapes for climate change mitigation and biodiversity gain
Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds
DTP Panorama PhD studentship on Future hedgescapes for climate change mitigation and biodiversity gain. Jointly supervised by University of Leeds, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and including a CASE placement with Natural England.
More details on FindAPhD
PhD - Do protected areas work? Tracking resilience and functional diversity change. University of Bristol.
University of Bristol
PhD based primarily at University of Bristol, supervised by Dr Chris Clements (Uni Bristol, at BES), co-supervised by Dr Hannah Wauchope (Uni Exeter, at BES), Dr Pol Capdevila (Uni Barcelona, at BES), Prof John Alroy (Macquarie University, Australia) and Dr Robin Freeman (Zoological Society of London). Feel free to message/find any of us in attendance.

Brief background: Protected areas are used as a key conservation tool to safeguard biodiversity in the face of global anthropogenic change. However, the efficacy of protected areas in maintaining the resilience and functioning of biodiversity remains unclear. This project will combine large datasets and advanced analytical tools to quantify the efficacy of protected areas in maintaining the resilience and functional diversity of ecosystems. Understanding whether protected areas are promoting these two metrics is crucial to gauge whether protected areas are fit for purpose in our changing world.

This project will analyse the International Waterbird Census and Christmas Bird Count databases, supplemented with data from the Living Planet Index Database. They will be used to:(1) Assess whether populations in protected areas are more resilient than those in non-protected areas, (2) assess whether protected areas show higher levels of functional diversity change through time, and (3) use population data to predict the risk of population extinction and model how this may affect the functional diversity of sites around the world. We strongly welcome students with their own ideas and interests in this area of study, and are very happy for the student to develop.their own research questions within the broad fields outline above.

See link for more details and to apply
Migration, movement and the effects of hunting on birds in a changing world
University of Essex
Project background
Many European bird species are hunted, but the role of hunting as a causal factor in population declines relative to habitat loss and climate change is unclear. Hunting impacts are difficult to evaluate for migratory species, as the factors that control the number of animals often operate outside the area of concern – namely reproduction and survival in different seasons and locations. In order to sustainably manage hunting of wild bird populations, we need to understand how productivity, survival and movement processes combine to determine changes in local abundance, and thus how many individuals can be removed without impacting long-term trends. Using European waterfowl species as a model system, this project will draw on multiple data sources (including field data collection) to examine the underlying drivers of productivity, movement and survival and develop indices of sustainable harvest at different scales.

PhD - African Woodland Ecology and Ecosystem Restoration
University of Edinburgh
The student will collect field data from three different woodland types in Angola and Namibia, which will enable the first synthesis on ecological strategies of tree species in African woodlands.
PhD Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast
University of Essex
The University of Essex is a partner in the U.K. Environment Agency Innovative Resilience Fund (IRF) Project "Catchment to Coast" which aims to reduce surface water and coastal flooding to communities in Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.

This will be achieved by piloting natural flood management (NFM) techniques, including nature-based solutions (NBS), changing agricultural practices to reduce pollution and trialling different approaches to establish saltmarshes in the Thames estuary. Your studentship will be fully integrated into this exciting partnership.

This fully funded Ph.D. studentship will evaluate the impact of natural flood risk management (NFM), and related nature-based solutions, on catchment ecosystem functions including co-benefits for ecosystem services (biodiversity, carbon sequestration, flood defence).

The primary focus will be on small river systems, catchments, coastal habitats (salt marsh and intertidal flats), in south Essex. This research will be addressed through a combination of field monitoring, experimental manipulation, and working with a team, including Industry, Government Agencies, and non-government organisations working together to deliver the wider Catchment to Coast project. The outcomes will contribute towards determining the most effective NFM strategies for reducing lowland flood risk while maximising ecological benefits.
PhD opportunity - Drought impacts on Amazon rainforest soil: carbon, structure and ecology
University of Edinburgh UK
PhD scholarship. Soil and climate change/tropical forests/drought. Fieldwork in the Amazon. Part of a larger project with lab and fieldwork, and modelling opportunities. Contact: Patrick Meir,
Postdoc - The environmental drivers of senescence: an experimental test in the wild
University of Edinburgh
We seek to recruit a 3-year Post-Doctoral Researcher to join our team studying senescence in wild wood mice. Our central question is ‘What environmental factors cause wild animals to deteriorate more rapidly, or more slowly, as they age?’ We have some answers to this question for humans (e.g. lifestyle and nutrition), but know very little about this in wild animals living in stressful natural environments. The successful candidate will study the causes and consequences of senescence applying epigenetic clocks to a unique ‘wild but experimental’ system, the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus.
Research Technician - The environmental drivers of senescence: an experimental test in the wild
University of Edinburgh
A three-year technician position is available as part of a NERC funded project investigating the impact of environmental stressors on ageing in a wild mouse population.

Our central question is ‘What environmental factors cause wild animals to deteriorate more rapidly, or more slowly, as they age?’ We have some answers to this question for humans (e.g. lifestyle and nutrition), but know very little about this in wild animals living in stressful natural environments. The position will involve small mammal trapping at our local field sites, laboratory analysis of samples for parasitological and immunological metrics, molecular biology techniques to extract DNA and run parasite PCR diagnostics, managing a team of undergraduate research assistants and day to day support with the field and laboratory research.

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a degree in Ecology/Parasitology or a closely related subject. Essential experience includes evidence of involvement in either field and/or laboratory research projects and good organisational skills. Experience with small mammal trapping and/or handling and with parasitological and/or immunological assays would be an advantage. In addition, the application musty have great time management and organisational skills, good communicant skills and be able to work as part of a collaborative team.

The successful candidate will join a large and active research group, supporting our studies on the causes and consequences of senescence (age-related deterioration) applying molecular techniques and conducting field work on a unique ‘wild but experimental’ system, the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus.
PhD opportunity - The causes and consequences of heterogeneity in parasite infection and transmission potential
University of Edinburgh
PhD studentship on the causes and consequences of heterogeneity in parasite infection and transmission potential, open to UK (NERC E4) and international students (Darwin )with Andy Fenton. Applications due Jan 5th
PhD opportunity - The impact of resources on parasite transmission in wildlife communities
University of Liverpool
PhD studentship on the impact of resources on parasite transmission in wildlife communities, open to UK students with Andy Fenton as part of ACCE DTP. Applications due Jan 5th
PhD opportunity - The Environmental Drivers of DNA methylation and Senescence: An Experimental Test in Wild Mice
University of Edinburgh
PhD studentship on the environmental drivers of DNA methylation and senescence: an experimental test in wild mice, open to UK (NERC E4)and international students (Darwin Trust) with Tom Little. Applications due Jan 5th
PhD - Delivering Ecoacoustic Net Gain in the UK
Lancaster University
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is a new approach to development in the UK that will be implemented in the forthcoming Environment Act and National Planning Policy Framework. The policy aims to leave the natural environment in a *measurably* better state than before development. Ecoacoustics has the potential to a suitable cost-effective method of monitoring, but key questions still remain. Are differences observed reliable and consistent and if errors and biases affect conclusions, how do we identify and control for them?

This exciting project will be supported by the Envision Programme(, with supervisors based at Lancaster, CEH and a professional consultancy to provide you with support in ecoacoustic monitoring, machine learning and remote sensing.
For more info, visit:
PhD opportunity - Balancing immunity in the face of variable nutrition and infection in a wild rodent model
University of Edinburgh
PhD studentship focused on how wild rodents balance immunity in the face of variable nutrition and infection, open to international students funded by the Darwin Trust, supervised with Simon Babayan. Applications due Dec 5th.
Faculty Positions in Environmental Science
Xi‘an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

The successful applicant is required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science or a related field relevant to environmental sciences and appropriate research and teaching experience to be appointed as Assistant/Associate Professor. English is the instruction language at XJTLU.


• PhD or equivalent degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology, Geography, Natural Resource Science, or a related field relevant to environmental sciences
• Appropriate research experience to be appointed as assistant/associate Professor
• Fluency in English
• Teaching ability in environmental science or ecology


• Postdoctoral experience
• University level teaching experience
• Research interest in China
• Teaching expertise in any area of ecology or environmental chemistry
GIS Research Technician - Amazon Stream Conservation
Lancaster University
An exciting opportunity exists for a technician to contribute to a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project entitled ‘Understanding and conserving tropical freshwater ecosystems’.

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to work on a project investigating land use and climate change impacts on Amazonian streams. This is a multidisciplinary project led by Dr Cecilia Gontijo Leal covering the areas of freshwater ecology, biodiversity conservation, remote sensing, conservation genetics, and ecological modelling. The main objective of the project is to investigate changes in stream biodiversity in the Amazon in response to anthropogenic stressors.

You will work on a range of tasks including land use and cover mapping, identification of road-stream crossings, calculation of river connectivity, as well as carrying out other spatial analysis and GIS related activities that emerge within the project.

For more details visit:

Dr Cecilia G Leal ( will be very happy to talk to you about this position.
Assistant Monitoring Officer
Landscape-scale habitat restoration is going to be crucial for mitigating the nature and climate emergencies, but knowledge of the precise nature of the benefits that flow from such activities is sometimes lacking. We are looking to fill a 4.5-year fixed-term contract Assistant Monitoring Officer, who will be responsible for working alongside the Project Scientist to deliver our ambitious monitoring plan. The post will contribute to the collection of data on a suite of indicators that monitor biodiversity and ecosystem service responses to habitat restoration, helping to build the evidence base on the impacts of restoration. This role would suit a talented field ecologist, with proven expertise in one or more of the focal taxa relevant to this project, who thrives working outdoors alone or in small teams in challenging conditions and is committed to the collection of excellent monitoring data to understand the impacts of restoration.
PhD Ancient woodlands and development-related threats: How can we develop effective, targeted mitigation to protect these valuable ‘Keepers of Time’?
University of Reading
Ancient woodlands provide some of Great Britain’s most biodiverse and culturally significant habitats. Current planning policy aims to protect these ‘irreplaceable’ habitats from the direct and indirect impacts of nearby development. But how do multiple development-associated pressures vary and interact in different situations, landscapes and climates, and how can we manage against the negative impacts in these diverse contexts?

This exciting PhD project sits at the heart of a larger, Defra-funded project involving a joint interdisciplinary team of landscape ecologists, social scientists, forest ecologists and planning/policy experts from the University of Reading, Forest Research, Forestry Commission England and Natural England. This team will share expert knowledge with the PhD student to steer research excellence to an applied end.
Postdoc Ecological modelling
University of Reading
Applications are invited for this fixed-term, full-time post-Doctoral position on project ‘Transferable ecology for a changing world’. Project TREE is an Exploring the Frontiers project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated quantitative natural scientist with a strong commitment to collaborative, open research initiatives. The candidate will join a dynamic team passionate about ecosystem restoration and will be involved in developing reproducible workflows for making accurate predictions about forest restoration outcomes.

Applicants should have a track-record of quantitative modelling and have a PhD in ecology, Earth sciences or other relevant area of the natural sciences. Advanced skills in programming and spatial data handling and analysis are essential, while knowledge of forest ecosystem dynamics would be a major advantage.

Other opportunities associated with the role include advising and collaborating with PhD students, assisting with the running of research group meetings, and actively participating in writing scientific articles.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible.
PhD Temporal ecology in the Anthropocene
University of St Andrews + UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
This PhD will develop integrated palaeo- and ecological timeseries to test whether ecological trends detected in recent decades are hallmarks of the Anthropocene or whether they represent a continuation or recurrence of ecological responses seen during previous centuries and millennia.
PhD opportunity: Grow or mow? Managing urban grasslands for pollinator conservation and soil ecosystem services
Northumbria University
PhD opportunity "Grow or mow? Managing urban grasslands for pollinator conservation and soil ecosystem services" Funder: NERC OnePlanet DTP. Application info: Deadline: 16th January 2023 Enquiries welcome!
PhD: mitigating impacts of street lights on moths in Portugal
Newcastle University
Understanding and mitigating the impacts of light pollution on nocturnal pollination processes in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot
PhD on Assessing the welfare of wild birds and the health of their environments through the use of bioacoustics analysis
Liverpool John Moores University
As in humans, animal vocalisations carry emotional, physiological and individual information about an animal’s state and its responses to its environment. Suggesting that they can serve as potentially useful non-invasive indicators for inferring both wild animal welfare and the condition of the environments they inhabit. Modern sound analysis techniques now provide tools to discriminate, analyse and classify specific vocalisations and vocal patterns allowing them to be used for monitoring welfare of different farm and laboratory animals.

This PhD aims to apply these principles and use passive acoustic monitoring and analysis of the vocalisations of wild bird populations to explore how the welfare of wild animals changes in different areas and explore how these changes in vocal signatures across different populations can be used as an environmental monitoring tool.

The project will use bird populations of some of the most common bird species in the UK (house sparrow, blue tit, robin and blackbird) subject to different population regulation pressures (in urban, rural and conservation areas around Liverpool) to identify vocal patterns and chorus characteristics related to different environmental risks such as starvation and predation risk, and human disturbance. Restricted access to food, reduced body condition and increased predation risk are considered negative experiences according to the Five Domains Model of animal welfare and result in negative states that consequently reduce overall welfare over time. These factors similarly reflect poor environmental conditions, while birds are known for being good indicators of the health of their environment and respond rapidly to changing conditions in the quality of their (and our) environments.

The PhD student will join our flourishing School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, at Liverpool John Moores University and work under the supervisory team of Dr Luiza Passos and Dr Ross Macleod.
PhD studentship on effects of forest diversity on aquatic-terrestrial linkages and processes
Royal Holloway University of London
Tree species, functional and genetic diversity is known to mediate ecosystem processes and functioning of the forest ecosystems. However, natural ecosystems are connected to each other through the flow of species, energy and elements. This project will explore to what extent tree diversity affects linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems by using aquatic microcosms installed within a long-term forest diversity experiment in Finland ( and potentially other forest diversity experiments within TreeDivNet platform ( in the UK and abroad. Aquatic microcosms containing community-specific leaf litter will be exposed in forest stands composed of different tree species and genotypes and effects of tree species richness, composition, functional diversity and genetic diversity on a variety of water and aquatic diversity parameters will be assessed. The project will be co-supervised by Prof. Julia Koricheva (RHUL) who has expertise in studying effects of forest diversity on ecosystem functioning and Dr. Pavel Kratina (QMUL) who is an expert in aquatic food web ecology. The project offers a prospective PhD student an opportunity to develop skills in experimental design, field work, statistical analysis and both forest and aquatic ecology. This studentship is available within London NERC DTP (applications open till January 5th 2023) or for self-funded applicants.
PhD: Rethinking evolution in self-fertilising species
Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Edinburgh
Supervisors: Matthew Hartfield, Konrad Lohse.

A major goal of evolution is to understand how selection acts in the genome. Many species reproduce via self-fertilisation, where individuals make both male and female gametes that can be used to produce offspring. Although there are many classic expectations on how selfing species evolve, these ideas are being challenged by emerging population genomic data from selfing organisms that have revealed unusual patterns of genetic diversity and evolution. As a PhD student, you will have the opportunity to develop novel computational methods to understand fundamental evolutionary phenomena, and use the results to make inferences from big genomic datasets, especially those from Caenorhabditis nematodes and self-fertilising plants.

This is a 4 year fully funded PhD project at UKRI stipend level with a start date of 1st September 2023, but an earlier start date can be arranged. This opportunity is open to UK and International students and provides funding to cover stipend and tuition fees. Application deadline 18th January 2023. Interested applicants can get in contact to discuss further.
Postdoc: Alternate stable biospheres: modelling the microbial to metazoan transition 600 million years ago
University of Cambridge
We are looking very broadly for a postdoctoral quantitative ecologist with expertise in process-driven ecological networks. This post-doc will be formally advertised in January, starting between April - October 2023 and lasting for two years.

This project is funded by the new Cambridge Leverhulme Centre of Life in the Universe, and is part of our research objective:

“How can planetary environments be shaped by life, and how do they change through major evolutionary transitions?”

Earth's history is divided into two great parts: on the one hand the past ~540 million years of the Phanerozoic, occupied and defined by animals, and on the other by the preceding 3-4 billion years of a more cryptic biosphere populated almost exclusively by microbes. The transition between these two fundamentally different worlds was revolutionary, not only in terms of planetary expression, but also the underlying ecological and biogeochemical dynamics. Indeed, there is a compelling case for recognizing the Ediacaran-Cambrian radiation of animals as driving contemporaneous physical changes – not a consequence of planetary evolution but a first order biological cause. This project is to investigate the microbial to metazoan transition by linking together palaeobiological records and ecological principles to generate advanced network models. No palaeontological experience is needed, just interest!
PhD: How do trait responses to climate change shape Arctic plant-pollinator networks?
Imperial College London
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PhD: Do pesticide exposed honeybees feel the heat?
Imperial College London
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Two Phd opportunity in Evolution, behaviour, species interaction, and range dymanmics
Durham university
(1) Genomic and behavioural mechanisms driving the evolution of a novel visual signal in smoky rubyspot damselflies

(2) The impacts of species interactions on historical range dynamics

informal deadline inquiry 20th December!
PhD: Below-ground bioacoustic sampling of savanna biodiversity
University of Liverpool
-Measuring and monitoring faunal biodiversity across large scales is a challenge, especially for the smaller sized taxa such as invertebrates, and those active below-ground. A growing trend in ecology is to use the sounds of an area to non-invasively monitor species: providing information regarding spatial and temporal distribution of biodiversity, abundance, and the richness and composition of the community. Working along disturbance gradients (principally grazing pressure) and across savanna habitats, this project seeks to advance the field of bio-acoustics by determining the potential of this sampling approach for quantifying invertebrate diversity both above and below-ground.
Assistant Professor in terrestrial zoology
Trinity College Dublin
Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor in Terrestrial Zoology. This Assistant Professor position will contribute to research and teaching in Zoology at the organismal scale, which includes vertebrates and invertebrates. We have a particular interest in recruiting in the areas of wildlife biology, conservation, ecosystem service provision, global change, invasive species management and natural capital accounting.

Post Status Tenure Track - This position is a Tenure Track position which is 5-years in the first instance, permanency is subject to satisfying the tenure requirements.

Closing Date: 12 noon (Irish Standard Time) 1st February 2023 Application will only be accepted by applying online through the Trinity Jobs Portal

See details & job description at (search zoology)

Informal Enquiries about this post should be made to Prof Paula Murphy, Head of Zoology (
PhD position: Consequences of micronutrient limitation from individuals to ecosystems
University of Manchester
A PhD opportunity on integrating the affect of micronutrient limitation from individuals up to community and ecosystem scales. See the link for specifics!
PhD position: Constraints of plant-herbivore interactions under global change
University of Manchester
A PhD opportunity on the biophysical constraints of plant-herbivore interactions and how they will be altered under global change. Follow the link and/or contact me for more information!
Research Scientist in Behavioural Ecology
The Miller Lab at the University of Florida
I am looking for a research scientist and lab manager in the field of behavioural ecology, working with insects. A Ph.D. plus relevant experience is desired, though I will consider those with a M.S. degree and supervisory experience. This position starts August or September 2023 (your choice). This is an ideal position for someone who loves behavioural ecology, organizing a research team, and working with students, but who doesn’t see being a PI as their ultimate career goal. Starting salary is approx. $50,000 USD and it comes with full benefits. I have NSF funding for this position for three years, and it may be extended.
PhD: Rewilding - how does the cessation of livestock grazing affect upland food webs?
Newcastle University
Fully-funded PhD studentship (with Newcastle and Durham University) and part of the NERC IAPETUS2 DTP
Postdoc Position at CEAB-CSIC
Spanish Council for Scientific Researh (CSIC)
We are looking for a motivated post-doctoral candidate with a background in mathematical biology, computer science or physics, willing to participate in a recently granted coordinated project entitled “UNIQUE-PRIORITY: Unveiling the dynamic equations for eco-evolutionary systems in the face of environmental uncertainty and limited data”
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: RENEW Project
National Trust / University of Exeter
We are recruiting a team of Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join an interdisciplinary research partnership between the National Trust and the University of Exeter. 

You’ll form the core of a closely knit research group called ‘Ex-CASES’ (Exeter Centre for Analysis & Synthesis of Environmental Solutions) that will act within the “Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach (RENEW)” programme. This large, NERC funded programme seeks to develop solutions to one of the major environmental challenges for humankind, the renewal of biodiversity. 

This a fixed term contract opportunity with 4 posts available from Jan 2023 to 30th June 2026 (2.5 to 4 years). We are willing to consider combining the fellowship with other secured funding. See link for more details.
PhD student in Urban Ecology 100%
PhD student in Urban Ecology 100% (m/f/d)
for early 2023 (not later than May 1, 2023)


We aim to investigate "people-plant-insects" interaction networks and their main socio-ecological drivers in different cities in Switzerland. The study is part of a larger interdisciplinary project (PAPPUS) that aims to understand how decision makers influence plant assemblages in different urban green spaces and how their decisions affect the ecological and human benefits that can be realized from urban green spaces in a changing climate.


If you are interested, apply using

Associate Professor in Marine Ecology
Edinburgh Napier University
We are currently seeking to appoint an Associate Professor in Marine Ecology committed to educational excellence, to develop and lead high-quality research and teaching, complementing our existing strengths.
The successful candidate will bring a creative high-impact research programme, a track record in grant income, a well-developed collaborative network with external partners across academia and industry and conduct internationally competitive research. You will have leadership experience in research and teaching and contribute to the leadership of both the Life Sciences group and the School.
PhD...Coconut & conservation: environmental and social sustainability of coconut farming in tropical countries
DICE University of Kent
Coconut farming contributes to the livelihoods of millions of people in tropical countries, but rarely features in discussions about biodiversity threats or sustainability. Preliminary work identified coconut as a crop with potentially significant impacts on wildlife because palms are mainly grown on tropical islands and/or coastal areas with high levels of species diversity and endemism. Yet, compared to other tropical crops such as oil palm, very little is known about coconut’s roles in deforestation and biodiversity loss, or livelihoods and human well-being. This PhD will address this through an interdisciplinary study of coconut farming impacts on wildlife and people.

Want to work with a team of established conservation ecologists and social scientists at Kent, Surrey and Universitas Indonesia? Check the ad to find out more....

Fully funded via studentship conpetition with ARIES DTP. International applicatioms welcome.
PhD Fellowship
Since the past century, global rise in ocean temperatures is leading to longer and more frequent marine heatwaves. By quantifying the thermal tolerance of species to endure extreme heat, we can assess if a species or a population are at risk to succumb to heat under projected ocean warming. A challenge to understanding the vulnerability of species to warming is that an organism’s thermal sensitivity can vary across environmentally heterogenous landscapes. This project will quantify the thermal sensitivity of fundamental species of marine organisms (e.g., macrophytes, herbivores, predators) to thermal stress in combination with important environmental factors affected by depth. It will do so, by assessing the survival and physiological performance of the species in a series of laboratory and field experiments. This project will also monitor in the field the variability of temperature in combination with key environmental parameters along a depth gradient.

The PhD project will be performed at IMEDEA - a mixed institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) - in Mallorca (Spain). This institute is strategically located in the Mediterranean Sea with easy access to key marine coastal ecosystems (e.g., seagrass meadows, rocky macroalgae forests). The project will be supervised by Dr. Andrea Anton and Prof. Nuria Marba, both members of the Global Change Research (GCR) group, with strong backgrounds in thermal biology, marine ecology and global change on native and exotic species. The research group has ample experience at forming undergraduate students (10 PhD students for the last 5 years).
PhD...Restoring biodiversity and functional connectivity in Sumatra’s community managed forests
University of Kent, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
The UN Decade on Restoration seeks positive outcomes in degraded forests for biodiversity, climate change and people. However, this ‘triple win’ will be hard to achieve due to several ongoing challenges.

The immense ecological challenges of restoration aside, interventions are plagued by insufficient monitoring data, making it difficult to evaluate whether long-term environmental benefits can be achieved. The time, expertise and personnel required to monitor forests and biodiversity using conventional methods are too high to be cost-effective. While remote sensing technologies have greatly improved forest monitoring, technological applications to facilitate biodiversity monitoring in tropical countries have yet to be fully investigated in restoration settings. Biodiversity is often assumed to simply return after habitats are restored, with very little supporting evidence – the so called ‘field of dreams’ hypothesis.

This PhD project will address this by developing efficient methodologies for monitoring biodiversity in newly-established forest restoration settings in Indonesia.

Interested in working with a team of conservation ecologists in DICE, Universitas Indonesia, and UK-CEH? Check the ad to find out more...
PhD on biodiversity representations in tabletop & board games
University of York
Funded PhD in the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity at York to investigate the growing range of tabletop and board gaming titles that make the Earthly environment an object of play, exploring how they can help us imagine a richer, more biodiverse future. You will consider how biodiversity is modelled, represented, and (re)imagined across a range of tabletop and board titles, past and present. You will develop interdisciplinary methods to assess whether these depictions represent the world in an ecologically realistic way, develop guidelines to help inspire and improve the work of future tabletop game developers, and prototype and evaluate your own tabletop game. Deadline 9th January, follow the link to find out more!
Tentative PhD position opportunities for 2023 - biodiversity, remote sensing
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Are you a master student in your final year? Are you pondering a carreer in academia, biodiversity research, or remote sensing?

Our lab (lead by Petr Keil) will open 2 fully funded PhD positions in 2023. Official announcement will be out in January 2023, the admission process will happen in March 2024, and the PhD program will start Sep-Oct 2023. The funding for each position will be for 4 whole years, and it is expected the students to participate full time and in-person. The income will consist of regular student stipend + a good salary.

So far this is a preliminary announcement. However, send us an email if you feel like you’d be a good match to our research and team, and we will try to get back to you in January.

Please use the email for this, and put “PhD 2023” in the subject.
Lecturer in Ecology and Conservation
University of Cumbria
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 12 January 2023

Expected interview date: 24th January 2023    

Are you looking to join a successful, practical and research-engaged teaching team to support delivery across our conservation portfolio?  

The team currently delivers Bachelor of Science programmes in Animal Conservation Science, Marine and Freshwater Conservation, Woodland Ecology and Conservation and Forestry. You will be required to contribute to the academic team through delivery of core modules across programmes and year groups which includes an integrated foundation year.    

You will also be expected to actively engage with research and scholarship that supports teaching activities, the student experience and your own research agenda. You will have the ability to demonstrate lecturing experience at degree and ideally masters level and possess research experience and focus that will support delivery of our degree programmes.  

The Institute of Science and Environment's provision operates from two of the University’s campuses, Ambleside and Carlisle, to suit the academic portfolio. Our undergraduate provision includes Animal Conservation, Marine and Fresh Water Conservation, Woodland Ecology and Conservation, Forestry, Outdoor Leadership, Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education, and Geography at our Ambleside Campus and Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, Environmental Science and Zoology at our Carlisle Campus. Additionally, we have a developing postgraduate taught provision and a growing postgraduate research community.   

Based at our Ambleside campus, the conservation team work closely with colleagues in Forestry, Geography and Outdoor Education. Our location in the heart of the Lake District gives us easy access to a wealth of field sites for practical teaching including the University’s own area of semi-natural woodland.
PhD Aphid symbionts
University of Liverpool
Agroecology | aphid endosymbionts | biocontrol | multispecies interaction
deadline 13th January
Ph.D. position in Iceland: Roseroot genetics, ecology and cultivation for marketing
University of Iceland
The project will compare Roseroot populations in three different habitats in Iceland with respect to population and reproductive characteristics, genetics diversity and relatedness and production of active in chemicals. The performance of plants from each of the three habitats will be assessed in experimental plots. The project is a collaboration between biologists and pharmacists at the University of Iceland, small scale farmers in north Iceland and a company on the cosmetics market. Do send me an email if you are interested and we can meet. We are looking for a competent and dedicated biologist with good analytical, organisational and writing skills with experience in either population genetics or plant field ecology.
Vice Chancellor's Fellowships (permanent roles)
Northumbria University
This university-wide call invites applications for Vice Chancellor's Fellows across all departments. The 3 year fellowship phase enables a focus on research and these are permanent roles. We are a growing and interdisciplinary ecology team within the Dept of Geography and Environmental Sciences and would warmly welcome new VC Fellows to join us. While applications are made centrally, I or colleagues would be happy to have informal discussions. Please contact Katherine Baldock ( and/or Andy Suggitt (
Postdoc in Insect Ecology
University of Sheffield
We have two exciting postdoc positions available to investigate the ecological impacts of air pollution in the UK.

We’re looking for talented and motivated early-career researchers interested in how air-borne pollutants are altering patterns of insect diversity. You’ll join an interdisciplinary team from the U Sheffield, Cranfield U, and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, working on the NERC-funded DEFRAG project.

I'm happy to meet at BES with anyone interested in discussing further! Email me and we can set up a time to chat.

POSTDOC - Effects of air pollution on insect-plant interactions
University of Sheffield
We have two exciting postdoc positions available to investigate the ecological impacts of air pollution in the UK.

We’re looking for talented and motivated early-career researchers interested in how air-borne pollutants affect insects and plant-insect interactions. You’ll join an interdisciplinary team from the U Sheffield, Cranfield U, and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, working on the NERC-funded DEFRAG project.

I'm happy to meet at BES with anyone interested in discussing further! Email me and we can set up a time to chat.
Apply for a Humboldt fellowship!
Martin Luther University
I am seeking to host and mentor a Humboldt fellow to work on modeling demography and its relationships with climate drivers. The Humboldt fellowship funds postdocs working in Germany for up to 24 months. I am currently working in Leipzig, Germany, at the iDiv (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research). My main strengths are in statistical and mathematical demographic modeling, and I am interested in any approach that can help us understand how climate affects populations. I worked mainly with plants, but I am open to work with any taxonomic group.

If you are interested in discussing ideas for a fellowship, please contact me (Aldo Compagnoni) directly through this app or at

PS: It goes without saying that you can apply for the fellowship on your own, and with another host, here is the link:
PhD in novel methods for detecting ecological interactions
Cardiff University
Food webs are still the focus of many ecological network studies in aquatic and terrestrial systems, yet we know a range of other antagonistic and mutualistic interactions are equally important. This soon to be advertised (in 2023) PhD will focus on developing new ways of detecting these other interactions (competition, symbioses, parasitism, commensalisms, amensalisms, etc.) autonomously and in real time across ecosystems. From these data it would be possible to construct complex networks across ecological scales to aid in policy and decision-making.

Please get in contact if you, or anyone you know, might be interested in such a position!
Link: None
2 potential PhDs on citizen science and camera trapping
Durham University
Competition-funded PhD projects available on "Occupancy, density and the ecology of terrestrial British mammals" ( and "Citizen science and the ecology of garden birds and mammals" ( Work with a dynamic group on an exciting citizen science platform. Please draw attention to excellent candidates! Deadline 6th January 2023.
Three PhDs available at University of Essex
University of Essex
three PhDs on aquatic species and systems
deadlines in January
Migration, movement and the effects of hunting on birds in a changing world

Ecological impactsof Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

the third i dont have an advert for yet but is field based in thr Mediterranean and on Biodiversity and Carbon values of a range on unique marine habitats

All come with UK resident Fees, stipends and research grants.
PhD - Interdisciplinary approaches for improving biodiversity assessments using remote sensors
University of St Andrews
This project will focus on camera trap and acoustic data (audio-visual media), perhaps the most commonly used remote sensors in ecology at present. The student will have access to several existing sensor data sets and will also have the opportunity to conduct field experiments. Some potential, and not mutually exclusive, research directions the student can take are: understanding data-requirements and monitoring designs for machine- learning assisted inference from remote sensor data; developing new algorithms for species and individual identification from audio-visual media; statistical inference for quantifying spatiotemporal variation in biodiversity from sensor data; and developing tools for non-technical user-communities deploying remote sensors.

Full details:
PhD: plant-microbiota interactions and their role in plant community stability
Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences
The ongoing change in climate and human disturbances are an increasing threat to the functioning of ecosystems globally. Ecosystems are increasingly losing their natural stability, resulting in a drastic loss of biodiversity, functioning and the ecosystem services they provide. Interactions between plants and soil microbiota are pivotal in creating stable and diverse plant communities and therefore key interactions to address in our efforts of protecting and restoring natural ecosystems. 

The PhD candidate will work in a team that is testing the main hypothesis that plant community instability results from a loss of negative interactions between plants and soil microbiota. This loss is expected to, in time, result in dominance of plant species and eventually in instability of the plant community as a whole. The PhD candidate will be involved in setting-up, maintaining and sampling of plant setting-up, maintaining and sampling of plant species in 13 year old permanent plots at a successional grassland field site. The PhD candidates’ focus will be on defining plant species trait shifts that associate with a loss of negative interactions between plants and soil microbiota. Plant traits included are plant shoot traits (SLA, LDMC, seed weight and number), plant root traits (root diameter, SRL, phenol content), plant spatial growth (local density) and plant dispersal distance. The PhD will associate shifts in plant traits to long-term plant developmental patterns, microbial rhizosphere communities and rhizosphere biogeochemistry. 

Job advertisement will start in January.
Technician: Microbial and molecular ecology
The Czech Academy of Sciences
Laboratory technician focussing on soil, plant root and leaf sample preparation for 16S and ITS amplicon sequencing. Setting up of a sequencing based plant root identification method (msGBS) is encouraged. Assistance with field sampling, soil chemical and plant trait measurements optional.
PhD: ecological epigenetics
The Czech Academy of Sciences
The three-year position (with the possibility of extension) is available from March 2023, but the start can be postponed to summer 2023. The research will be carried out at the Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Department of Population ecology, and Charles University in Prague. Both belong among the best research institutions in the Czech Republic offering internationally well-established personnel and excellent technical facilities. Prague is a great city to live in, often ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world offering great cultural and social activities. The salary will secure financial independence for the student.
Your responsibilities and duties will include:

Investigating the role of biotic and abiotic interactions on the induction of transgenerational effects and their role in adaptation in a clonal plant;

Focusing particularly on the role of epigenetic variation (DNA methylation) in transgenerational effects and gene expression;

Comparing the heritability of environmentally induced epigenetic variation between clonal and sexual generations.
PhD: Fish nurseries in a changing world: towards functional indicators of habitat quality
University of Plymouth, University of Essex, Devon and Severn IFCA
The identification and conservation of “Essential Fish Habitat” is emerging as a research, management and policy priority. Protecting habitats required for every life-stage is necessary to create sustainable fisheries and conserve threatened species, but knowledge of fish habitat needs is very limited, particularly for juveniles. Juveniles are often critically dependent on shallow, inshore areas which are heavily impacted by human activities. Little is known about these young stages because they are rarely targeted by commercial fisheries or fisheries-independent surveys.

Currently, juvenile habitat quality is typically assessed simply on the basis of the abundance of fish they contain. Functional indicators such as fish growth, survival and movement into the adult population are often overlooked, but are essential to quantifying the importance of different areas as fish nurseries.


This PhD project involves 1) laboratory experiments to develop novel molecular and geochemical indices of feeding, growth and movement in free-ranging juvenile fish; and 2) extensive field work in the Severn Estuary to apply these tools in a real-life setting and identify key habitat needs of a commercially valuable species, the common sole Solea solea.

See for more information on the project, training opportunities and collaborative partnerships across academia, regulators and industry.
Quantifying biodiversity benefits and disease disbenefits from woodland creation projects
University of Liverpool, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Woodland creation projects and ecological networks for nature (eg Natural England Nature Networks) are increasing in the UK under government policies to increase tree planting for climate change mitigation and to promote biodiversity by enabling species dispersal and movements. These large-scale land-use changes are highly likely to affect wildlife host density, community composition and wildlife host space use by changing landscape connectivity. As well as expected benefits, there are potential disbenefits if this results in increased interfaces between wildlife species, humans and livestock with potential for pathogen spill-over. Therefore, there is a need to understand relationships between landscape structure, biodiversity and disease risk for significant zoonotic and livestock pathogens and to predict how these will change in future.

This project will compare, evaluate and integrate methodologies for estimating wildlife host communities, movements and densities across study landscapes using existing species distribution and population models, survey data (eg British Trust for Ornithology bird survey data) and novel field data (camera traps, deer dung and rodent sign surveys, live rodent trapping, acoustic monitoring data for birds). To estimate effects of human disturbance and potential spillover of zoonotic pathogens, human usage of landscapes will be estimated from maps of road and paths, Strava data, existing recreational surveys, and camera trap and acoustic monitoring data. Using empirical and literature derived data, models of how biodiversity and zoonotic pathogen hazard varies across study landscapes will be developed for vector-borne and environmentally transmitted pathogens. This will increase our understanding of how disease risk varies across natural biodiversity gradients, and how this may change in future with woodland creation projects and environmental land management schemes.
Post Doc position 15 mo
The Agricultural University of Iceland
Part of a trans disciplinary research project aimed to support scaling up of native birch woodland restoration in Iceland. Main task will be to model carbon dynamics in expanding birch ecosystems.
Link: None
Fully funded PhD on salmon movement and growth
University of Essex
Are you interested in using bichronologies and chemical tracers to understand the effects of temperature on salmon migration and growth, with fieldwork in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Greenland, and California? Check out this advertisement for more details:
Postdoc: Is phenology evolving in response to climate change in a wild mammal population?
University of Edinburgh
We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on the phenology of a wild population of red deer.

A 38-month NERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to investigate multiple phenology traits in the 50-year data series for the individually-monitored red deer on the Isle of Rum, Scotland. The project will include analyses of phenotypic plasticity, selection, quantitative genetics and population dynamics.

The research is led by Profs J. Pemberton & L. Kruuk based in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences in collaboration with Prof. J. Slate (Sheffield) and Dr. M. Morrissey (St Andrews). IEE has a world-leading research environment with multiple groups working on evolutionary quantitative genetics, evolutionary ecology, and adaptation to environmental change.
PhDs in Urban Ecology at the University of Iowa
University of Iowa
Urban ecology PhD positions are available the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences at the University of Iowa. These positions will focus on urban wildlife ecology and human-environment interaction and will involve camera-trapping of urban mammals as well as surveys of and outreach to human populations. Research will focus on identifying relationships between human social systems and urban wildlife communities, particularly mammal communities and will include both single-city and a multi-city analyses. Multi-city analyses will leverage our partnership with the Urban Wildlife Information Network. See for more information on our lab group. Please contact Dr. Heather Sander ( to express your interest in these positions.
Link: None
Post-doc 6 months: AI for wildlife disease surveillance
Cardiff University
Short post-doc on offer working on detecting infectious disease in images of fish using Computer vision. Work is with a team of disease ecologists and computer scientists. This job is not yet advertised elsewhere so please do just come and have an informal chat with me if the post sounds like your cup of tea. Flexible working supported (i.e. part time for 12 months, home-working)
Link: None
PhD on Origins and Transitions of Modern Ecosystems
Northumbria University
Globally, increasing temperature and extreme heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and storms are leading to the replacement of dominant plant types by others. Such “ecosystem transformations”, with associated changes in ecosystem service and biodiversity, will continue and accelerate in the coming decades under climate change. To date, most research has focused on the loss of current ecosystems. Effective conservation, however, must also consider how ecosystems originate(d). Using palaeoecological approaches, this project will investigate the circumstances leading to the origination, maintenance, and termination of an ecosystem. The research findings can provide context for conservation baseline and guide management applications to restore or create new ecosystems, in both human-impacted and relatively “natural” environments.

Please follow the link to our ad on FindAPhD
PhD position in ecoaocustics
University of Freiburg
HearTheSpecies is an interdisciplinary project involving the Chair of Geobotany from the University of Freiburg and the Chair of Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing from the University of Augsburg, Germany. Its primary goals are i) to annotate existing data that enable the training of AI algorithms and collect new data in order to apply those in new conditions, ii) to develop AI-based automatic diarization and separation tools that allow for the coarse separation of biophony, anthropophony, and geophony from entangled soundscapes and the fine-grained detection and separation of species and distinct anthropogenic sounds, iii) to use these separated sounds in order to model the impact of local and regional land-use intensity, landscape
configuration, and vegetation structure on soundscape composition and individual species of the acoustic community, and iv) to predict parasitation rates in birds through their separated vocalisations.
The main objective for the ecoacoustic PhD-project will be the application of AI based algorithms on acoustic datasets to identify drivers of spatio-temporal patterns of soundscape composition (point iii and iv above).
Scientific data curator (full time)
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt
The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with more than 800 employees and research institutions in seven federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and society.


Within the DFG research unit “Kilimanjaro Social Ecological System (Kili-SES)” the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) invites applications for a:


Scientific Data Curator (m/f/d)

(full time position)



We are seeking a data curator (m/f/d) to manage the database of an interdisciplinary DFG research unit “Kilimanjaro Social Ecological System (Kili-SES,”. In this project, which extends that of the previous KiLi research unit, natural and social scientists are working together to investigate the interactions and inter-dependencies between people and nature at Mount Kilimanjaro under land-use, climate, and governance change. The successful applicant will establish and manage the project database, set and maintain data standards within the project, and aid researchers across the project in locating, processing and publishing data.


This work will be conducted as part of the ‘Synthesis’ sub-project of the research unit and will be conducted in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, PD Dr. Matthias Schleuning, Prof. Dr Thomas Müller of Senckenberg BiK-F and others, including Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer of the University of Bern.
PhD: Combining population genetic and macroecological inference to understand and predict plant biodiversity.
University of Aberdeen
About the Project
Applications are invited for this exciting, fully-funded, 42 month PhD studentship at the University of Aberdeen. This project is part of the newly established Anthony & Margaret Johnston Centre for Doctoral Training in Plant Sciences enabled by a generous legacy gift.

Project Description
One of the most interesting features of global biodiversity is in the existence of distinct biogeographic zones, such that different parts of the world typically each have unique and distinct flora and fauna, despite sometimes similar underlying environments. First discovered and described by Alfred Russell Wallace, biogeographic zones are important major units of global diversity and thus represent fundamental units of conservation and ecological comparison.

In this project we will use phylogenetic data and analyses to revisit and redefine plant floristic regions and to examine the environmental and evolutionary factors that maintain their boundaries. We propose a combined approach of (1) ecological niche modelling to establish actual vs. potential occupancy patterns, (2) phylogenetic analysis to characterise diversification and biogeographic processes at long time scales, and (3) population genetic data synthesis to understand contemporary drivers and limitations.

Any informal inquiries can be made to Lesley Lancaster at

More information at link below.

PhD: Populations at the edge: range dynamics and conservation of the Great Crested Newt under global change.
University of Aberdeen
Under anthropogenic exploitation and rapid environmental changes, many species are challenged with novel conditions, some are shifting their ranges moving to new suitable areas, and many are now threatened or extinct.

Populations at the edges of species’ range are often the most vulnerable: they are small, fragmented and less connected; harbour low genetic diversity and occupy suboptimal habitat; often face multiple anthropogenic stressors. However, edge populations might be key for successful species’ range shifting: they already occupy locations where suitability will improve and thus could potentially readily expand, and might possess unique and locally favourable genetic variants. Understanding how these populations will respond to environmental change, both ecologically and evolutionarily, whether they will be able to persist under multiple natural and anthropogenic stressors, and how better we can assist them in this process, is crucial for effective species’ conservation under global change.

The overall aim of this project is to understand and predict the persistence of the great crested newt, T. cristatus in Scotland under ongoing climate change and multiple stressors, and its potential expansion from marginal populations, to inform conservation management, moving towards a pro-active, rather than reactive, management of declining amphibians under global change.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and are committed to having a diverse, inclusive team. Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Dr Greta Bocedi ( for further information.

More information at link below.
Post-doc: accounting for forest ecosystem services in Ireland
University College Dublin
An exciting new multi-disciplinary project (ForES) is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral
Researcher. This is a collaborative project with researchers in Trinity College Dublin and
practitioners in Coillte. The project will use Natural Capital Accounting approaches to co-
develop tools for sustainable forestry management decision making (see https://www.for- This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of
research supported by research training and development under the supervision and
direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop
your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-
reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of
graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.
In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate
will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:
Develop a Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) to model the delivery of ecosystem services from
selected forest sites and the effects of different management scenarios on ecosystem service
delivery. The BBN will be incorporated into a decision support tool in collaboration with
researchers in Trinity College Dublin.

This position is available for 2 years, with an anticipated start date of March 6th 2023.

Annual gross salary €41,209 - €43,699 per annum, depending on experience.

Two-year post-doc in restoration ecology, Doñana Spain
University of Huelva
The post-doc focuses on vegetation changes in a restored marsh, converted from cereal fields in 2004 and incorporated into the Doñana National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain. The project focuses on spatial and temporal patterns of colonization of terrestrial and aquatic vegetation assemblages, in relation to environmental variation. For examples of previous results, see Vélez-Martín et al. 2018 ( and 2020 (
The position is based in Huelva University, with fieldwork in Doñana. Previous experience in remote sensing, spatial statistics, vegetation sampling and identification are highly desirable. Knowledge of Spanish is preferred, and a willingness to learn would be required.
Interested candidates should send their CV and a cover letter (including contact details for at least 2 referees) to: Carlos J. Luque ( and Eloy M. Castellanos (
PhD in Pollination Ecology
University of Sheffield
We have a funded PhD position available at the University of Sheffield to study how urbanisation affects plant-pollinator interactions! This exciting, interdisciplinary project is a partnership with the Royal Entomological Society. For more information, see the link attached, or email me ( Please share with anyone who might be interested, closing date for applications is 13 January.
PhD in Plant Stress Responses
University of Sheffield
Funded PhD position at the University of Sheffield to study how plants adaptively respond to biotic and abiotic stress. Please note: This is an interdisciplinary project which will use ecological, metabolomic, and molecular approaches to study plant stress tolerance, but there is plenty of scope to expand the more ecological or evolutionary approaches, depending on the student's interests!

For more information, see the link attached, or email me ( Please share with anyone who might be interested - closing date for applications is 8 January.


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