A 3-year PhD position is available at the Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy) to be developed in connection with the Spanish research project "Assessment of Bottom-Trawling Resuspension Impacts on Deep-Sea Corals".
The project will focus on:
- The characterization of the cold-water coral (CWC) community in the Blanes Canyon (Catalan Sea) in terms of species composition, spatial and bathymetric distribution patterns and abundance, as well as population structure and conservation state in high and low trawling-impacted areas
- Determinining the age and the changes in growth rates of CWC species during the past decades to relate them to historical changes in fishing intensity in the area
- Determining the eco-physiological effects of sediment resuspension on CWC by laboratory experiments aimed to quantify the effects of changes in sediment concentration and composition on coral growth, metabolism, and feeding capability.
Candidates can find further information, required documents and application forms via the full announcement link below. Please note the web page is in Italian.