[Coral-List] Post-Doc position - coral reef ecology in Chagos

Graham, Nick nick.graham at lancaster.ac.uk
Mon Oct 16 10:33:28 EDT 2017


I currently have a 3 year Post-Doc opening in my group, to work with me on a project in the Chagos Archipelago. The Chagos Archipelago is unique in the Indian Ocean in that the northern atolls experience very little direct human impacts (e.g. fishing, pollution). However, while some islands in the archipelago are rat free, others are rat infested, resulting in substantial differences in seabird colonies and the nutrients they supply to reefs. Further, the 2016 coral bleaching event has caused extensive mortality to hard coral assemblages in Chagos, and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. These factors create some large scale natural experiments to ask questions such as: 1) How have coral and fish communities responded to the 2016 bleaching event adjacent to islands with and without large seabird colonies; 2) How does the input of nutrients vectored to reefs by seabirds influence ecosystem functioning; 3) How have reef fish communities responded to coral loss in Chagos compared to other locations in the Indian Ocean.

The Post-Doc will work on these questions and others, with fieldwork in Chagos and other locations in the Indian Ocean. Further details and instructions for applications can be found here: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A2061

Deadline for applications is 17th November, with the successful applicant starting in February or March 2018.


Nick Graham

Professor of Marine Ecology
Royal Society Research Fellow
Lancaster Environment Centre
Lancaster University

Tel: +44 (0)1524 595054
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