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[Met-jobs] Postdoc: Forecasting the timing of climate change risks to biodiversity to strengthen conservation decision-making in Africa, at the University of Cape Town

From Mark New <mark.new@uct.ac.za>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:15:38 +0000

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Forecasting the timing of climate change risks to biodiversity to strengthen conservation decision-making in Africa

 

Application Deadline: 29 January 2020 or until position is filled

 

Call for Applications

A joint research team from the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town; University College London; and South African National Parks is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Fellows (PDRFs) to join a project on climate change risks to biodiversity.

 

PDRFs will be highly motivated to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team, grow their research expertise, engage with conservation decision-makers and generate peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, there is the opportunity to work with the ACDI-based team on climate change impacts and adaptation in Africa for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, due in 2021.

 

Project research will address one or more of the following four key objectives:

(1) Forecast the timing of climate change risks to biodiversity at the species or community level, to quantify where and when losses of species, trait or phylogenetic diversity are expected this century and whether this will occur gradually or abruptly;

(2) Quantify how climate risks to species are expected to accumulate over time to improve consideration of climate change in species threat assessments (e.g., IUCN Red List);

(3) Assess the timeframe and potential for evolution to rescue species from climate driven extinction and how this varies across species and ecosystems;

(4) Use climate and land use change projections to model changes in species threat over time and identify options for expansion of protected areas within Africa and globally.

 

The overall aim of the broader research project is to link these four key objectives in order to provide improved forecasting to decision-makers about climate change risks to biodiversity. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own research ideas within the goals of the research team.

 

Further details on the positions and how to apply can be found here: http://www.acdi.uct.ac.za/acdi/opportunities

 

Contact details for questions and submission of applications: christopher.trisos@uct.ac.za    

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