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PhD studentships are available at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB),
University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC) as part
of a research project funded by the Higher Education Authority under a
scheme to strengthen collaboration between institutions in the North and
South of Ireland. The project aims to investigate the functioning of marine
nature reserves using selected candidate SACs such as Lough Hyne and
Strangford Lough.  It will test whether reserves act as a source of larval
or adult intertidal organisms for surrounding areas, whether population
dynamics are in synchrony inside and outside reserves, the effect of
coastline configuration on population stability and the effect of life-
history strategy on population dynamics inside and outside reserves. The
findings will be used to inform policy and practice in design, monitoring
and management of networks of reserves.

These objectives will be met by synthesising the findings of three
interlinked PhD projects investigating (a) exchange of larvae between
marine reserves and other coastal areas (UCC – Dr R McAllen & Prof J
Davenport), (b) spatio-temporal patterns of biodiversity inside and outside
marine reserves (UCD – Drs T Crowe & B Danilowicz) and (c) genetic
diversity and comparative population structure inside and outside marine
reserves (QUB – Drs M Johnson, L Allcock & P Prodöhl). The PhD programmes
will include training in relevant practical and statistical techniques,
research exchanges with the other institutions and presentation of findings
at national and international conferences and a stakeholder workshop.  The
grant will cover research costs, tuition fees and a scholarship.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic candidates with at least a 2.1
Honours degree (or equivalent) or a relevant MSc. There is no restriction
on nationality, but applicants from outside the EU may have to contribute
towards higher tuition fees. For topics (a) and (b), a driving license is
essential and diving / boat-handling experience is desirable. For topic
(b), experience of identifying invertebrates is desirable. For topic (c),
both a good theoretical background in population genetics and practical
experience of molecular laboratory techniques are extremely desirable.
Please send a cv and a letter of application specifying your preferred
topic or topics and outlining your experience and suitability for the post
to Dr Tasman Crowe – [log in to unmask] - Zoology Department, University
College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Tel: + 353 (0)1 716 2194, Fax: +353 (0)
1 706 1152.  Informal enquiries about the posts can also be directed
towards Dr Crowe for referral to the relevant project partner.

Deadline: 1 September 2003, interviews mid September.
Start date: as soon as possible.

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