the Sarditemp project is seeking a PhD candidate to work with the team on the ecology and evolution of small pelagic fish.
Small pelagic fishes (SPF) have extreme ecological and economical importance in marine ecosystems. Nonetheless, SPF are particularly vulnerable to environmental changes, being ectothermic, their performance is highly dependent on aerobic metabolism and on sea surface temperature. In this project, a multidisciplinary approach will be implemented to determine the impact of temperature increment on SPF, using the European pilchard Sardina pilchardus as a model-system. The aim will be to understand the response of two different populations of sardines in terms of metabolic, physiological, reproductive and behavioural responses to climate change. The adaptation to changing environments and how organisms will respond to climate change are key discussion topics in contemporary biology and this project will contribute with novel and original findings to the study of the biological and ecological adaptation of marine fishes to ocean warming.
Candidates must send a letter of motivation to gsilvaispa [dot] pt by 17th February 2019.
The full application should be submitted via the FCT individual call by 28th March 2019 here.