Application deadline 30th September 2016
The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences at Stockholm University invites applications for a four-year PhD position part of the project “Benthic metazoan diversity in Baltic Sea soft-sediments: Structuring factors at an ecosystem scale”.
Maintaining the biodiversity and the structure of aquatic ecosystems is a vital goal for researchers and managers, particularly in the light of international legislative frameworks. Despite this, the true diversity of Baltic Sea sediments, particularly in regards to the meiofauna (invertebrates smaller than 1 mm), the most abundant and diverse metazoan group in marine sediments is a major knowledge gap in Baltic Sea ecology.
The PhD student will be involved in the development and evaluation of DNA metabarcoding as a new, cost-effective approach for quantifying soft-sediment metazoan biodiversity for use in research and bioassessment. The student will use a combination of both (...)