AIR Centre PhD grants are aimed at applicants enrolled or that comply with the requirements to enroll for PhD related studies and who wish to carry out research towards this degree. Preference will be given to candidates with a MSc. degree in Biology, and with a strong background on Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. Scientific Publications on these topics and fieldwork experience in oceanic islands are a plus.
Summary of the work plan
The research, in the fields of Biogeography, Genomics, GIS and Numerical Ecology, will contribute to develop the knowledge of island marine biogeographic processes using the Atlantic archipelagos as targets for this study, and particularly the Macaronesian Islands. This project will use state-of-the-art geological knowledge on these archipelagos, coupled with biological and ecological information of selected species of shallow-water marine molluscs, which will be used as a case-study to support the development of theoretical models of marine island biogeography and evolution. In the context of climate change that affects these and other insular marine ecosystems, the results will be relevant to promote the conservation and sustainability of species diversity, and better inform and raise awareness among decision-makers, local stakeholders, and the general public. The PhD candidate will work at the University of the Azores in close collaboration with the Atlantic Technical University (Cabo Verde) and the University of Porto. Additionally, researchers from the University of Algarve, University of Madeira and Las Palmas University (Canary Islands) will be also involved.
Name(s) of supervisor(s)
Supervisor: Sérgio Ávila, CIBIO-Açores, Portugal
Co-Supervisor: Rui Freitas, Universidade Técnica do Atlântico, Cabo Verde
Co-Supervisor: António Múrias dos Santos, CIBIO, Portugal
Name(s) of host institution(s)
The research will be conducted at the University of the Azores and University of Porto, in cooperation with the Atlantic Technical University (Cabo Verde) and the University of Algarve.
Identification of PhD program
The Doctoral Degree in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution – BIODIV – is a 4 years programme offered jointly by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
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