We are seeking a zooplankton ecologist to analyse data and samples from the South Sandwich Islands (SSI). BAS currently conducts research on pelagic marine ecology aimed at understanding the responses of species and ecosystems to variability and change in the polar oceans. The postholder’s studies will focus on the analyses of zooplankton population processes and community ecology and zooplankton interactions in the SSI ecosystem. Work will consider key species, such as euphausiids, copepods, salps and pteropods and examine their sensitives to environmental variability in the SSI. Key aspects of life-cycles, especially recruitment of key species such as Antarctic krill, will also be examined. The candidate will be expected to take a lead in these analyses, write reports to key stakeholders and publish findings in peer-reviewed journals.
This is an important role and presents an exciting opportunity to be involved in internationally important polar zooplankton research. The candidate will be expected to deliver scientific work through publication in peer-reviewed journals and to write reports to key stakeholders including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. The postholder will work as part of the Ecosystems Team, which includes scientists involved in studies of krill biology and ecology, zooplankton influences in biogeochemical processes and the impacts of environmental stressors on zooplankton species as well as scientists developing models of the life cycles of polar oceanic species and the operation of polar ocean food webs and a group of scientists studying the feeding and population ecology of predator species (especially fish, seabirds and seals).
To carry out research on the role of zooplankton in the South Sandwich Island ecosystem with an emphasis on population processes and community ecology. The research is to provide the basis for analyses of spatial distributions and interactions of a range of zooplankton species to facilitate further research into life-cycles, food webs and predatorprey interactions.
PhD in Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography or related subject area (e.g. zoology, fisheries science).(or equivalent).
The postholder will undertake research into spatial distribution, abundance, size structure and taxonomic diversity of the South Sandwich zooplankton based on samples collected as part of the cruise DY098 and other relevant historical material