[Coral-List] PhD opportunity in South Africa

David Glassom glassom at ukzn.ac.za
Wed Apr 18 10:41:36 EDT 2012

Dear Jim 
Please can the following be posted on the coral ist. 
David Glassom

Dear coral list
A PhD opportunity is available in the School of Life Sciences at UKZN, Durban, South Africa to investigate energy flows between coral reefs and adjacent areas of sandy substratum in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a world heritage site.  The project, based at UKZN in Durban, will involve extensive fieldwork in the Park.   A bursary at NRF (National Research Foundation) rates will be available to the successful candidate.  Components of the project include: 
- Field sampling of the biotic community of sandy substrata and associated water column, in collaboration with other team members. 
- Stable isotope analyses to determine source-consumer relations
- In situ measurements of sandy substratum community metabolism
- Development of a foodweb model
Deadline for applications: 7 May 2012
Commencement of project: 1 July 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Requirements (in addition to entry requirements of UKZN): 
 - High interest in quantitative biology
 - Experience of food web modeling or willingness to learn 
 - SCUBA Diving qualification or ability to obtain one
Candidates from outside South Africa may be asked to apply to South African qualification authority (http://www.saqa.org.za/show.asp?include=docs/brochures/ceeq-main.htm) for evaluation of their qualification.  
Enquiries or applications including a CV and the names and contact details of two referees can be sent to:  
Dr David Glassom: 031 2603183.                                  Email: glassom at ukzn.ac.za or
Dr Ursula Scharler: 031 2601605                 Email: scharler at ukzn.ac.za
See also: http://www.sciag.ukzn.ac.za/marinesci/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=50:phd&Itemid=103&layout=default
David Glassom
School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal
Westville Campus
Durban 4041, South Africa

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