[MARMAM] PhD Opportunity on Southern Ocean predator

Huckstadt, Luis L.Huckstadt at exeter.ac.uk
Sun Oct 30 05:53:55 PDT 2022


Dear all,

My colleagues and I are excited to announce the following studentship opportunity for the PhD project entitled "Understanding the effects of rapid environmental change on the ecology of a key Southern Ocean predator, the Antarctic fur seal" at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campus

Lead Supervisor

Dr Luis Huckstadt<https://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/staff/profile/index.php?web_id=Luis_Huckstadt>

Location: University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn.

Additional Supervisors

Dr Jaume Forcada<https://www.bas.ac.uk/profile/jfor/>

Location: British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge

Dr Stuart Bearhop<https://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/staff/profile/index.php?web_id=stuart_bearhop>

Location: University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn.

Dr Richard Sabin<https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/richard-sabin.html>

Location: Natural History Museum, London

Dr Sally Thorpe<https://biography.omicsonline.org/united-kingdom/university-of-british-antarctic-survey/sally-thorpe-403209>

Location: British Antarctic Survey, UK

This project will investigate the differences in the foraging ecology and patterns of habitat utilisation of Antarctic fur seals across a latitudinal gradient across the Polar Front (South Georgia and South Shetland Islands), as well as build models to project future changes as the environment continues to change. Further, ecological historical data from museum specimens provide a unique opportunity to detect past and project future changes in the ecology of this conspicuous Antarctic mesopredator over multiple decades.


Candidate requirements

The successful candidate will have a background in ecology, excellent quantitative and analytical skills, and will demonstrate a strong interest in foraging ecology and behaviour of marine predators. Expertise in programming in R, Matlab, and/or Python and statistical analyses is indispensable. Experience working with stable isotopes, and biologging data is advantageous. The successful applicant will have to travel between Cornwall, London, and Cambridge, as well as to international conferences. Applicants should satisfy the UKRI eligibility requirements.

Project partners

Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC) at the University of Exeter, Cornwall

British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

The Natural History Museum (NHM)
For more information, please visit https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4596


Dr. Luis A. Huckstadt (He/Him)
Senior Lecturer in Marine Ecology
Department of Ecology and Conservation
University of Exeter
Stella Turk Building,  Room B051-L09
Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1326 255065
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