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    PhD - Effectiveness of Landscape-scale Deer Management for Future Forest Resilience


    PhD - Effectiveness of Landscape-scale Deer Management for Future Forest Resilience

    University of East Anglia - School of Environmental Sciences

    Qualification type: PhD
    Location: Norwich
    Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
    Funding amount: £14,059 Please see advert
    Hours: Full Time
    Placed on: 7th January 2016
    Closes: 11th February 2016
    Reference: DOLMAN_U15FC

    Location: Norwich
    Start Date: 01/04/2016
    Supervisor:Dr Paul Dolman
    Multi-use forestry provides important ecosystem services of timber, carbon sequestration, recreational amenity and biodiversity. Climate change and emerging threats of forest pathogens require tree species diversification and novel forest management strategies to enhance resilience. However expanding deer populations may limit adaptation opportunities, as many tree species are susceptible to browsing. Although deer impacts on forestry and associated biodiversity are well documented, effectiveness of deer management in regulating populations at local and landscape-scales is poorly understood. Deer numbers and recruitment rates are often not known and management is not based on robust and verifiable evidence.
    This PhD studentship will build on long-term monitoring of landscape-scale deer numbers using thermal imaging, to quantify and model source-sink population dynamics across landownerships which differ in management objectives and practices. Forest impacts will be quantified in relation to deer density, tree species and resource scarcity. Outcomes of deer management scenarios (spatial deployment of effort) will be modelled, providing a decision support tool.
    The student will be jointly supervised by the University of East Anglia and Forestry Commission. The student will join a large community of postgraduate and postdoctoral conservation ecologists and population biologists across the Schools of Environmental and Biological Sciences at UEA and will benefit from training by FC forestry and deer management professionals. Suitable applicants will have: a first or upper second class BSc and ideally MSc in Ecology, Biology or a related discipline; skills in statistical analysis, GIS and field ecology; experience of working with diverse stakeholders and an enthusiasm for working long hours in challenging field conditions. For further enquiries please contact Dr Paul Dolman: p.dolman@uea.ac.uk.
    Interview will be held on Friday 19 February 2016.
    Entry Requirements:
    Applicants should hold at least a 2:1 degree in Biological Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Biology, or related discipline
    Funding
    This four year studentship is funded by the Forestry Commission England, and includes home/EU tuition fees, bench fees, field research costs (equipment, transport), and an annual stipend of £14,057.

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    If they want someone to do a study on the economics I'd be really interested...
    "He who drags the deer has the last laugh (mainly because he has to get his breath back)"

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    Cheers for posting this, Im pretty tempted to apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosswoodland View Post
    Cheers for posting this, Im pretty tempted to apply.
    There is another, similar one available elsewhere too, Jochen Langbein put the details on Facebook, I will see if I can find it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glyn 1 View Post
    There is another, similar one available elsewhere too, Jochen Langbein put the details on Facebook, I will see if I can find it tomorrow.
    http://www.iapetus.ac.uk/wp-content/...R-Stephens.pdf

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    Just my lack of understanding but what do you live on for the 4 years?? £14 k a year taxable , doesn't go far....£50 a day in my estimation. Before rent, food, etc! How does it work??

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    Quote Originally Posted by biffo View Post
    Just my lack of understanding but what do you live on for the 4 years?? £14 k a year taxable , doesn't go far....£50 a day in my estimation. Before rent, food, etc! How does it work??
    A PhD stipend is not taxed. But even so, you're right - it doesn't go far. Especially now that the student will likely have 20K+ debts to service. On top of this, a PhD is more than a full time job, so no or very little chance of topping up your income part time. The assumption is that candidates are so devoted to 'science' or 'the question' that they'll put up with such deprivations. What is even worse, a PhD is no guarantee of a decent future job in the sector. A recent report in Nature (I think) revealed that only 4% of PhD students ended up with tenured posts in academia.

    On the plus side, the stipend has been greatly increased since my PhD in 2001 where I was paid £5200/year (tax free). I survived that by living in a caravan for free in the middle of the Australian bush and shooting pigs and kangaroos for 6-8 months/year then sofa surfing/rent with mates between Cambridge and Sheffield for the rest of the year. I was proud to say that over those four years I didn't buy a single piece of meat apart from meals out. Self sufficient in both UK and Oz.

    Despite all the gloom, if you land the right PhD (with the right topic, supervisor and location), it can be the best time of your life, even though it's hard work (I reckoned on 60+hr weeks every week). I loved mine and am now in the fortunate position to supervise others along the same path.

    Sorry to hijack the thread Glyn If anyone wants to chat about applying for PhDs, PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glyn 1 View Post
    There is another, similar one available elsewhere too, Jochen Langbein put the details on Facebook, I will see if I can find it tomorrow.
    Thank you I will have a read now.

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