PhD studentship in Geobiosphere Science with specialty in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis Located in the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, Geobiosphere Science Centre, Faculty of Science, Lund University. REF. DNR N 2007/17 Starting date: as soon as possible Further information: Prof. Martin Sykes +46 46 2229298 (+46 707 412 213) [email protected] Prof. Honor C. Prentice +46 46 2228971 (+46 735 968 334) [email protected] Prof Peter Poschlod +49 941 9433108 (or 3107 Secr.) [email protected] Project description: This project is part of collaboration between the Department of Physical Geography & Ecosystems Analysis (INES) and the Plant Ecology & Systematics Section of the Department of Ecology at Lund University and the Institute of Botany at the University of Regensberg, Germany. The project focusses on plant species occurrences and biodiversity in fragmented grasslands on the Baltic island of Öland. The PhD student will study the relationships between plant species dispersal biology and how temporal changes in the links between different grassland fragments have influenced species presence and diversity in the present landscape. Field data together with information from species databases will be used to create individual and collective dispersal profiles for grassland species and the grassland plant assemblages. Temporal changes in the distribution of grassland patches distributions will be studied with the help of a GIS database. Qualifications: Applications should have Master’s degree or equivalent in ecology, environmental science or similar areas, and competence within plant population and community ecology. Extremely good plant species knowledge and identification skills are required. Field work is an essential part of the project and the student is therefore expected to have a driving licence. A very good knowledge of written and spoken English is required. Experience of univariate, multivariate and spatial statistics, GIS and the analysis of soil chemistry/structure are also regarded as desirable merits. Additional information: The four year PhD project is funded by a 12 months stipendium (c. 14-15000 SEK; taxable with reduced social benefits), followed by 3 years with a full salary (c. 18 000 SE; taxable and with full social benefits). A Swedish PhD is made up of 160 points (40 points = 1 year) where 120 points are earned through research activity and 40 points via attendance at research level courses given in Lund or elsewhere in Europe. Applications should be sent to: Registrator, Kansli N, Lund University Box 118, 221 00 Lund Sweden by February 15th 2005 at 16.00. Copies of certificates and diplomas should be countersigned. Additional copies of the application should be emailed to Martin Sykes and Honor Prentice (see above for email addresses) from whom further information on the project and application procedure may be obtained.