12 PhD positions: Management of Climatic Extreme Events in Lakes Reservoirs for the Protection of Ecosystem Services

Applications are invited for 12 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD studentships on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action European Joint Doctorate Innovative Training Network (ITN). Environmental perturbations to lakes and reservoirs occur largely in the form of episodic climatic events. These range from relatively short mixing events to storms and heat waves.  A common characteristic is that their effect is generally longer lasting than the duration of the event itself.  MANTEL (Management of Climatic Extreme Events in Lakes & Reservoirs for the Protection of Ecosystem Services) will train a cohort of Early Stage Researchers to investigate the effects on water quality of the  most extreme events, and of more subtle events of lower magnitude, while at the same time receiving training in state-of-the art technology, data analysis and modelling, and linking to the water management sector.  This ITN will commence in January 2017.

The positions are:

  1. Time scales of physical change in the lake environment (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland)
  2. Effects of major weather events on the relationship between carbon emissions and aquatic heterotrophy in lakes (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  3. Sensitivity of lake types and their phytoplankton to environmental disturbance (Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia)
  4. Aquatic microbial community responses to episodic events in Atlantic humic catchments (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland)
  5. Modelling the impacts of atmospheric episodic events on the thermal response of lakes (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  6. Effect of storm events on microbial dynamics and ecosystem functions in lakes (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany)
  7. Determination of critical thresholds for lake ecosystem resilience from long-term HFM data (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany)
  8. NA
  9. Managing the impacts of extreme events related to inputs of organic matter on the Ecosystem Services provided by water supply reservoirs (Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spain)
  10. Mitigating negative impacts of extreme events on the sustained provision of lake ecosystem services (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO))
  11. Towards benefit oriented rehabilitation to make degraded lakes more resilient to extreme events (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO))
  12. Determination of critical thresholds for ecosystem resilience from perturbation experiments (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Participating institutions: Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT, IE) (coordinator); Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU, EE), Leibnitz Institute of Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries (FV-Berlin (IGB), DE), University of Barcelona (UB, ES), University Geneva (UNIGE, CH), Netherlands Institute of Ecology Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO, NL), Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA, ES), Uppsala University (UU, SE). Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH, UK), Marine Institute (MI, IE); Aigües Ter-Llobregat (ATLL, ES); Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC,ES); Catalan Water Authority (ACA, ES); BrabantseDelta Waterboard (BD, NL); Witteveen + Bos (W+B, NL); Wageningen University (WU, NL); NIVA (NIVA, NO), ETH Zurich (ETH, CH).

Application deadline: 31st of January 2017

Please see also: https://www.dkit.ie/mantel

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