Bat ecology and conservation on farmland ~

1 de marzo de 2005

Bat ecology and conservation on farmland

University of Oxford Department of Zoology
DPhil Research Studentship (Bat Conservation)
A 3 year fully funded studentship (fees, bursary to cover living expenses, and research costs) is available from 2005 (start date negotiable) for an ecologist to undertake research relating to the ecology and conservation of bat populations on lowland farmland. Fieldwork will be based on farmland in the Upper Thames catchment Area (mainly in Oxfordshire, but also extending into Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire). The work will involve survey and monitoring of bat populations in relation to habitat management on farms. Fieldwork will also include broader ecological surveys to assess habitat quality. Candidates should have an interest in mammalian ecology and in broader agro-ecological issues. Candidates must be highly self-motivated and capable of working both alone and as part of a team. Ideally candidates should have previous relevant field experience. A good degree in a biological science is essential. The successful candidate must be prepared to work variable hours, including evenings and nights as necessary. A driving licence is essential. The student will be supervised by Professor David Macdonald and will be based at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit's headquarters at Tubney House, Tubney, Oxfordshire. The student will work in close contact with local bat groups and with the Bat Conservation Trust. For more information about the research please email either Philip Riordan ( or Rob Strachan ( Selection Criteria Essential A first or higher second class degree in a biological subject Proven interest in mammalian ecology and conservation Proven ability to plan and conduct high quality field research Competent at data handling and statistical analysis Excellent written and verbal communication skills Ability to work both independently and as part of a team Highly self motivated Willing to work unsociable and variable hours Excellent time and budget management skills Desirable Previous relevant field experience Interest in agro-ecology Experience of ecological surveys How to apply This studentship is open to applicants from the UK / EU only. General information and application instructions for the DPhil studentships are given in the University of Oxford Graduate Prospectus ( Applications must arrive by March 18th 2005, the closing date of the third 'gathered field'. Applicants should also send a CV and covering letter stating clearly which studentship they are applying for.
For more information, contact The Graduate Administrator, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 271286; e-mail:

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