The research group “Conservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES” of cE3c is looking for students interested in applying for a PhD grant on the call announced by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (1st-31st March 2021), who wish to submit a research proposal in line with the project “EDGES – Temperature and nutrient interactions in aquatic ectotherms: individuals, populations and communities at latitudinal edges”.
The research group “Conservation in Socio-Ecological Systems” is a team at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, analysing ectotherm ecophysiology and dietary changes in response to temperature. EDGES aims to build fitness landscapes across different temperature and diet regimes, to identify the underlying physiological mechanisms responsible for temperature-induced dietary shifts, together with the role of gut microbiota, and to examine temperature-induced changes in pond food webs. This research includes the comparison of individuals and populations of two model species (anuran and gastropod), as well as communities at the edges of a 2500Km latitudinal gradient between Southern Portugal (38° N) and Southern Sweden (56º N).
The project offers collaboration with an international team, requiring seasonal field work in Portugal and Sweden, and promotes the collaboration with researchers in Czech Republic and the U.K. While the project includes work abroad, within reason the stays can be tailored to the preferences of the candidate. We will give preference to candidates with experience in experimental ecology, ecophysiology, or metagenomics, although it is not a requirement. The details of the EDGES project proposal and the PhD research plan submitted to the FCT call will be discussed with the selected candidate. The grant pays a monthly net salary of 1074.64 EUR plus social security; however, a mixed grant including work abroad and a foreign co-supervisor, details to be discussed) pays a monthly net salary of 1883.65 EUR while working abroad.