NERC PhD Studentship in Biodiversity and Macroecology
Project Title: Current and future conservation status of European bats
Supervisors: Dr. Kate Jones, Dr. Ben Collen, Prof. Tim Blackburn (Dr. Bob Smith (DICE, University
of Kent) and Dr. Karen Haysom (The Bat Conservation Trust).
Project Outline: It is now critical to monitor and understand how
biodiversity is changing in order to mitigate the effects of anthropogenic
development. Bats provide a number of essential ecosystem services and may
act as a useful indicator of general ecosystem health. Since 2006, The
Indicator Bat Program has been collecting ultrasonic bat call data from
driven transects across Europe (see http://www.ibats. org.uk). The PhD
project would develop techniques to automatically extract and identify
ultrasonic calls from these transect recordings and using these data, would
aim to address the following questions:
1) What are the current trends of European bat populations?
2) What is the impact of future global change on the conservation
status of European bats?
3) How will currently protected area networks need to adapt in light of
The successful candidate will have a good degree in a relevant subject,
excellent analytical skills, be interested in developing automatic analysis
and species identification of ultrasonic sounds, spatial environmental
modelling and implications of their work to conservation planning. Fluency
in another European language would be an advantage.
To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter detailing your research
interests by to Dr. Kate Jones (kate.jones@ioz. ac.uk). We will
hold interviews in early .