We have a PhD scholarship to investigate Nature-Based Solutions in marine ecosystems!

We are looking for candidates to apply for a PhD scholarship/contract in the next FPU call of the Government of Spain (expected between October and November 2020).

The PhD thesis will be developed at the Institute of Marine Sciences (CSIC, Barcelona) in the context of the recently funded European project FutureMares.

The objective of the thesis is to characterize the synergistic effect of climate change and fisheries-induced evolution on exploited populations, and consequently, on the functioning of marine trophic interactions. The thesis will deepen on the changes of marine ecosystems under climate change and intensive fishing, their adaptive capacity, and how they respond to different nature-based solutions (marine protected areas, sustainable management and recovery of degraded habitats). The methodological approach of the thesis will involve the use of statistical and mechanistic modelling techniques of marine ecosystems with special focus on the Mediterranean Sea.

We are looking for candidates with a degree in the field of marine sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences or similar and with an academic record higher than 8. Candidates with a degree from a non-Spanish University must possess (or have processed) a certificate of homologation. Candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Spanish university, or be studying an official university master’s degree that gives access to a doctoral program. A good level of English is essential and knowledge of statistics and programming with packages like R is recommended.

Interested candidates, contact Marta Coll (mcoll@icm.csic.es) and Valerio Sbragaglia (sbragaglia@icm.csic.es).