Debbie Russell dr60 at st-andrews.ac.uk
Tue Apr 26 08:23:51 PDT 2016

Dear all

We have a position for a quantitative ecologist based at the Sea Mammal
Research Unit (University of St Andrews) for a period of one year. I would
be very grateful if you could forward to potential candidates.

*http://tinyurl.com/go3rx2l <http://tinyurl.com/go3rx2l>*

We are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research fellow for a period of
one year.  The successful candidate will be based in the Sea Mammal
Research Unit (SMRU) within the School of Biology.

The project is funded by INSITE – the INfluence of man-made Structures In
the Ecosystem – an oil and gas industry-sponsored initiative committed to
developing the independent scientific evidence-base needed to improve
understanding of the influence of man-made structures on the ecosystem of
the North Sea.

The project, led by Dr Debbie Russell at SMRU, aims to answer two key
questions: (1) What is the overlap between, and influence of, anthropogenic
structures and apex predators (seabirds and marine mammals) in the North
Sea? and (2) Using telemetry data and knowledge of the overlap between
man-made structures and predator distributions, what is the prevalence of
the use of man-made structures for foraging by seals and seabirds in the
North Sea. The project, “Man-made structures and Apex Predators:  Spatial
interactions and overlap (MAPS)”, is a collaboration with The University of
the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the Royal Society for the Protection of
Birds (RSPB), Centre for Research into Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and
IMARES,  Netherlands.

The appointed post-doc will play a key role in answering both of both these
questions. To address the first question they will conduct habitat
preference analyses.  Addressing the second question will involve analyses
of telemetry data from both seals and seabirds.

Candidates with a statistical or modelling background are encouraged to
apply. Previous use of telemetry data and survey data, in particular with
regards to habitat preference analyses, would be particularly advantageous.

Potential applicants are welcome to make informal enquiries to Dr Debbie
Russell, email dr60 at st-and.ac.uk,

Best wishes

Dr Debbie Russell
Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM)

Office:            +44 (0)1334 467281
Wednesdays: +44 (0)1334 461808

Postal address:
Gatty Marine Laboratory
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

dr60 at st-andrews.ac.uk or djf.russell at gmail.com

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No
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