The DEMOCOM project ( funded by the French National Research Agency develops an integrated statistical framework for estimation and inference about community dynamics via the development of multispecies demography, bringing together concepts, predictions and tools from both fields of demography and community ecology.

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the role of inter-specific interactions in shaping the community-level response to climate change in bird communities. The PhD candidate will investigate how climate fluctuations impact two systems of interacting species: i) a simple system, with one predator and two prey species at one place, and ii) a complex system, corresponding to the guild of the 20 commonest songbirds at national-level (France).

The PhD student will be physically based at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE) in Montpellier, France. The PhD student will spend a month at the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC, Chizé) in the 1st year and another two months at the Adaptive Mechanisms and Evolution lab & Centre for Ecology and Conservation Sciences (MECADEV & CESCO, Brunoy) in the 2nd and 3rd year to become familiar with the data. S/he will also interact with the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM, Montpellier). The academic supervisors of this project are Olivier Gimenez, Christophe Barbraud, Vincent Devictor and Pierre-Yves Henry.

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