The Tour du Valat is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop estimates of the resilience of ecological functioning of Mediterranean wetlands using species data.
The Tour du Valat is managing the project "Observatory of Mediterranean Wetlands" which has been designed as a decision support tool developed under the MedWet Initiative and the Ramsar Convention. Using a series of themes and indicators, the Observatory produces syntheses on the status and trends of Mediterranean wetlands, analyzes the causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided (http: //medwet.org/fr/publications/).
Following a recent publication from Newbold et al. (2016) (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6296/288), we want to estimate the resilience of ecological functioning of Mediterranean wetlands and to position Mediterranean Wetland ecosystems with respect to the planetary biodiversity safety boundary.
In addition, we want to use species data to estimate trends in specific ecological functions related to important ecosystem services.
This work will involve statistical analysis of existing datasets of species presence/absences and abundances for the Camargue and the computation of meaningful indexes for ecological functions. Applied methodologies will be tested on other sites and datasets, one option could be Doñana in collaboration with the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC, Sevilla).
We are looking for a natural scientist with experiences with applying statistics on large databases of biodiversity observations and excellent writing scientific skills. The successful candidate will work closely with Ilse Geijzendorffer and Thomas Galewski, project coordinators at the Tour du Valat.
Send before 10th of March 2017 the application file to daubigney-at-tourduvalat.org (ref: TdV-2017-MWO), with:
• a cover letter;
• a resume/CV
• a list of publications;
• the names and contact details of three references (with e-mail addresses), including a recent employer.