The Faculty of Sciences, University of Antwerp, is seeking to fill a full-time vacancy (m/f) in the Department of Biology for a doctoral student in the domain of estuarine ecosystem functioning and management:
PhD grant Ecosystem management – Ecosystem modelling of the Schelde estuary: further development and application to management questions
The project will be carried out within the Ecosystem Management Research Group (ECOBE), Department of Biology, of the University of Antwerp. The research of ECOBE focusses on fundamental and applied ecological research of aquatic ecosystems and wetlands, the processes in the land-water interfaces along the whole river continuum and the river-coastal sea interaction. These studies, both descriptive and experimental in nature, are integrated to assess the impact of different management options on the functioning and the biodiversity of the ecosystem.
For more than 20 years, special attention is paid to the study of the Schelde estuary and the scientific support of necessary management actions to meet both human use as well as the ecological functioning of the system. An estuary is a very complex system with strong interactions between hydrodynamics, morphodynamics, biogeochemistry and ecology. To better understand these links, ecosystem models have been built to capture the complex interactions and simulate system dynamics.
The ecosystem model, with central focus on primary production and water quality, will be used to answer new management and research questions to obtain insight in the effect of certain measures or future situations on estuarine functioning. Examples of questions are: ‘What is the impact of sea level rise and global warming on water quality?; what is an optimum morphological shape or configuration of the estuary to establish a resilient ecosystem?; what is a minimum freshwater flow needed for a healthy estuary? What is the role of the benthic compartment for water quality?
The present model will need adaptation and/or extension with new processes and/or interactions for application to specific management and research questions. This will be the core of the project and will be the subject of the PhD.
First extensions of the current model will aim at implementation of benthic primary production and coupling of the pelagic with benthic (sub)systems, like intertidal flats and marshes. The candidate will also be involved in other ongoing projects in the research group, relevant for this project.
In short we look for a motivated researcher who wants to contribute to sound management of the Schelde estuary, likes to interact with management authorities and clients (e.g. VNSC, Port of Antwerp) and above all is skilled in numerical modelling.
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|Otsikko||PhD position, Ecosystem modelling of the Schelde estuary - 2019BAPFWETEF139|
|Employer||University of Antwerp|
|Job location||Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen|
|Julkaistu||toukokuuta 17, 2019|
|Viimeinen hakupäivä||kesäkuuta 20, 2019|
|Tieteenalat||Ekologia,   Bioteknologia,   Biolääketieteen tekniikka,   Biolääketiede,   Biokemia,   Biotekniikka,   Ekologinen tekniikka,   Hydrologia  |