University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

PhD Scholarship: Coupling of Multiple Marine Measures Will Support Improved Environmental Conditions in Vejle Fjord

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Odense M, Denmark

The Department of Biology at SDU recruits a PhD student for a comparative study of the ecosystem services performed by implementation of multiple marine measures in Vejle Fjord. The position is for three years and is supported by the Velux Foundation.

The following marine measures will be implemented:
1) Establishment of barrier stone reefs for improving marine biodiversity and providing physical protection of restored eelgrass patches in the vicinity;
2) Eelgrass restoration for sequestering nutrients and improving the biomass and diversity of benthic fauna;
3) Dispersion of filter feeding blue mussels to provide a better water transparency and benthic light conditions.

The research of the candidate will be related to the development/improvement of environmental conditions in Vejle Fjord after applying marine measures. Focus will be on changes in ecosystem services associated with altered fauna food web structure and biodiversity following the establishment of stone reefs and eelgrass beds.

The candidate must have an MSc degree or equivalent and should preferentially have a background in marine ecology and biogeochemistry. As data are treated by ecological modelling and GIS activities, it is recommendable that the candidate has experience with these tools. The candidate should expect to spend much time performing measurements in the field, and in laboratories at the University of Southern Denmark.

Deadline: 3 December 2019.

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