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Subject: Fully funded PhD - Ecological response of fish communities to abstraction sustainability reductions and habitat restoration in lowland chalk streams
From: Chris Harrod <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:41:06 +0000

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PhD Studentship: Ecological response of fish communities to abstraction sustainability reductions and habitat restoration in lowland chalk streams 
Cranfield University - Environmental Technology 
Qualification type:           PhD 
Location:              Cranfield 
Funding for:        UK Students, EU Students, International Students 
Funding amount:              £17,000 
Hours:   Full Time 
Placed on:           23rd March 2016 
Closes: 25th April 2016 
Reference:          1101 
Centre: CWSI 
Application Deadline: 25th April 2016 
Start Date: 1st June 2016, or as soon as possible 
Eligibility: UK, EU and International 
Duration of award: 3 years 
Supervisors: Dr Robert Grabowski, Dr Andrew Gill 
Sponsored by Affinity Water and the Environment Agency, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £17,000 per annum (tax free) plus fees* for three years 
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PhD student to work on an industry-sponsored research project in fish ecology at Cranfield University. The project is driven by a need from the water industry and environmental regulators for improved data and modelling tools to assess and predict the impacts of habitat and flow restoration on fish communities. 
The student will work with Affinity Water and the Environment Agency to assess and monitor the fish community in chalk streams affected by abstraction sustainability reductions and habitat improvement. The project will be built around a field monitoring campaign that uses a variety of techniques (e.g. electrofishing, tagging) to characterise the fish community and assess habitat preference/suitability. The ecological fieldwork will be supported by hydro-geomorphological surveys to measure and monitor changes in physical habitat and flow characteristics. The information gathered in the fieldwork will be used to calibrate and validate a process-based model to predict how the fish community will respond to further sustainability reductions, in-stream habitat modification and climate change. 
The project is ideal for those interested in the interactions between ecological and hydro-geomorphological processes in river systems. It will require the student to design and implement an independent research project, and in the process significantly strengthen their skills in a range of areas, such as project management, fieldwork techniques and data analysis. Therefore, the student will gain the essential hands-on training they need for their future career, whether it is in academia, industry or government. 
The close working relationship with Affinity Water and the Environment Agency and the applied focus of the project means that the student’s work will have a direct positive impact on ecological conservation and management. The outputs from the research will be of interest to a number of audiences, including research scientists, water managers, policy makers and environmental agencies. It is expected that the student will present their research at national and international events, and publish their results in peer-reviewed journals. 
The student will be based at Cranfield University in the School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood and will benefit from the extensive research support, analytical facilities, training and networking opportunities offered to PhD students. 
Entry requirements: 
Applicants should have a first or upper-second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as aquatic ecology, biology, physical geography or environmental sciences. The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, have a good understanding of fish ecology and river processes and preferably have previous field experience in rivers. A valid driving license is essential for the fieldwork component of the project. Previous experience in fish tagging and/or ecological modelling is advantageous, but not required. 
* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK or EU national. 
How to apply: 
For further information or an informal chat, please contact: Dr. Robert Grabowski, e: [log in to unmask], T: (0)1234 758360 
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form 
For further information contact us today: 
School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood 
T: 44 (0)1234 758008 
E: [log in to unmask] 
… and on the Cranfield website 

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