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PhD Opportunity:
environment, ecology and evolution in the assembly of plankton communities

Funding is available for a four-year PhD opportunity in ecology and evolution of marine plankton communities.

The aim of this project is to quantify the relative influence of these different factors in setting the structure, function and sensitivity to change of marine ecosystems. In particular: what is the relative importance of species dispersal, ecological interaction and natural selection with regard to the emergence of an ecologically and evolutionarily stable community? How do these factors affect an ecosystem’s resilience to (and potential recovery from) environmental change? And can small chance events in the evolutionary history of a community impact its ultimate composition and function?


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Postdoctoral Research fellow in arctic ecosystem modelling
Understanding the links between pelagic microbial ecosystems and organic matter cycling in the changing Arctic (Micro-ARC)

What are the underlying mechanisms that cause the size structure of Arctic microbial communities to differ from those of lower-latitude oceans, and how can these mechanisms be incorporated into simple models with global scope? An 18-month post-doctoral position to work on modelling the mechanisms that impact microbial dynamics and their impacts on organic matter cycling through seasonal cycle.

This project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.



Mixing it up in the web of life

An overview of current research in mixotroph ecology, featured in Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews.