**** Postdoc FRB-CESAB – Data synthesis and analysis of inland navigation effects on biodiversity ****
Location: FRB – CESAB, 5, rue de l’École de Médecine, 34000 MONTPELLIER, FRANCE
Salary: 2518 € gross per month (not negotiable)
Contract: 18 months, full time
Closing date: 14 November 2021
Starting date: 1st trimester 2022
More information: https://www.fondationbiodiversite.fr/en/about-the-foundation/job_opportunities/
** Host Structure **
* About CESAB *
The Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) is the FRB’s main programme and a leading research organization in Europe, with an international reputation. Launched in 2008 after the “Grenelle de l’Environnement” by the Ministry for research and for ecology, it was created by eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA and MNHN), joined in 2014 by LVMH and in 2017 by the University of Montpellier.
Its aim is to implement the innovative work of synthesis and analysis of existing data in the field of biodiversity. The main objectives of CESAB are advancing knowledge, developing culture and collaboration, and facilitating links between scientific disciplines and with the stakeholders. The CESAB welcomes every year a large number of researchers from all continents.
* The NAVID project *
The NAVIDIV project is an international project co-funded by the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research and the ITTECOP (Land Transport Infrastructures, Ecosystems and Landscapes) Program. The main objective of NAVIDIV is to assess the impacts of navigation activity and associated Inland Navigation Infrastructures (INIs) on biodiversity across landscape contexts and spatial scales.
Our specific aims are:
– To quantify the effects of INIs on taxonomic and functional biodiversity and better understand the INIs-biodiversity relationships;
– To evaluate the context-dependency of the INIs-biodiversity relationships by assessing the role of the landscape, riparian zone, and territories in these relationships;
– To assess the scale-dependency of these relationships across different territorial divisions that can make sense to practical and ecological purposes in the search for compromises in waterwayscape management.
– To do so, a large number of datasets will be considered, including 30 datasets available in the NAVIDIV group, with high spatial-temporal resolution data on INIs, local environment and biodiversity for three taxonomic groups (fish, invertebrates and riparian vegetation) from rivers located in contrasted contexts.
** Main tasks and activities **
The post-doc is expected to:
– Select and combine the appropriate datasets among currently available (and more) data to address the study objectives
– Statistically analyse the responses of communities / biodiversity to variables of navigation, INIs and environment
– Perform causal modelling to better understand mechanisms underlying navigation-biodiversity relationships
– Perform a synthesis / meta-analysis of the results to assess the context-dependency and scale-dependency of navigation-biodiversity relationships
– Participate to workshops / exchanges with the NAVIDIV group and contribute to project progress.
** Working environment **
The post-doc will be hosted in Montpellier (France) by the CESAB (see description above). The post-doc will be supervised by Aliénor JELIAZKOV (INRAE, Antony, France) and Jean-Nicolas BEISEL (ENGEES/CNRS, Strasbourg, France) and will benefit from the expertise of all project members (10 persons from 6 countries with specialists in freshwater and terrestrial ecology, hydromorphology, and navigation-biodiversity issues) and from the methodological and logistic support of the CESAB. CESAB will also provide a specific budget for a laptop workstation and for 45 days travels to visit the project PIs. The NAVIDIV project budget also includes travels and fees associated with scientific dissemination activities.
** Qualifications **
– PhD in Ecology, Geography, Hydromorphology, Modleling, Statistics, or Spatial Analyses
– Experience in biodiversity data analyses and in biodiversity-environment modelling
– Any knowledge in river ecosystems and associated communities, and issues welcome
– Any experience in causal modelling and/or data synthesis highly appreciated.
** How to apply **
For any logistic question, please contact the CESAB at [email protected]