[Coral-List] Post-doc opportunity in Brazil

Cadu Ferreira caduparu at yahoo.com.br
Sat Aug 6 13:12:37 EDT 2011

The working group‘Linking marine biodiversity conservation to connectivity: 
a network design model for reserves' has a temporary position
for a researcher (post-doc). 
Possible starting date: October, 2011.
- PhD(training
in Biology, Oceanography or related fields);
 - Willingness
to live in Rio Grande-RS
(Southern Brazil) throughout the entire working period (12 months);
- Experience withdatabase, ecological modeling, MATLAB and R is desirable.
-  Data compilation and management of Brazilian coastal and marine environments;
Occasional trips among CENOSYS (FURG-RS), LBMM (UFSC-SC) and LECAR (UFF-RJ) for
occasional meetings;
- Active participation on every meeting.
            - A monthly stipend of R$
3,300 (approximately US$2,100) for a period of 12 months;
            - One contribution
for installation costs of R$ 3,300 (approximately US$2,100)
-Housing at
the FURG (CENOSYS headquarters)' campus hotel
with no additional cost for the entire
period (12 months);
            - Possible partnershipswith other Post-doc
Opportunity to participate on a multi-specific group and publications in
high-impact journals.

Suitable candidates please send a two-page CV and two
recommendation letters to: 
- Dr. Sergio R. Floeter
sergiofloeter at gmail.com
Laboratório de
Biogeografia e Macroecologia Marinha (LBMM - UFSC) 
- Dr. Carlos
Eduardo L. Ferreira         
cadu at vm.uff.br
Laboratório de
Ecologia e Conservação de Ambientes Recifais (LECAR-UFF) 
Marine coastal systems,
while providing vital services to harvesting populations, have been intensely
and synergistically affected by human impacts. The use of marine protected
areas (MPAs) has achieved high acceptance among scientists worldwide as the best
tool to preserve biodiversity and maintain ecosystem function against human
habitat modification in view of natural impacts. In the last two decades, the
science of MPAs had advanced towards the understanding of optimal number, size
and space among them, vital criteria in order to establish the maintenance of
key organisms’ metapopulations. The Brazilian coast encompasses diverse marine
ecosystems, but only 1.57% of them are being protected, a percent rate too far
from that expected for the 2020’s COP 10 targets - 10% of all coastal and
marine ecosystems. We are proposing for this working group to analyze the
Brazilian coast as a model to build a MPA network. Beyond having a coupled
biological-physical model of dispersion to indicate a MPA network based on
larval connectivity, the team will work on an available database of reef fish
richness and abundance to indicate specific reef systems along the coast where
richness and functional diversity of reef fishes are relevant. 

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