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This announcement definitely deserves it's own post! The International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology is offering up to 15 PhD positions and fellowships.
The students will work with Dr. Colin Hughes on a research project entitled “Global Legume diversity patterns: macroevolutionary and ecological processes shaping biodiversity”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich. The project investigates how diversity evolves and understanding the processes and factors that determine the spatial distribution of life on Earth, and uses recent developments in comparative phylogenomics and global-scale species distribution modelling to quantify phylogenetic turnover and the ecological factors underlying patterns of diversity across large-scale ecological gradients.
Based at the University of Greifswald, Germany (www.uni-greifswald.de)
Starting date: April 1st 2015.
Duration: 3 years.
Salary: German salary scale (TV-L 13, 65%).
Over the last decade, research on plant-pollinator interactions has mostly focused only on diurnal pollinators and neglected nocturnal pollinators. Consequently, our current understanding of plant-pollinator interaction networks is very incomplete. Simultaneously artificial lighting is rapidly increasing worldwide, but almost nothing is known about how it affects nocturnal pollinator communities. Main objectives of the proposed project are to advance our understanding and relevance of nocturnal plant-pollinator interactions, and how they are affected by increased light pollution. The project comprises field work during day and night as well as statistical modelling of plant-pollinator networks.
Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC)
Natural History Museum of Denmark and Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen