Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Saltmarsh Ecology

Impacts of eutrophication on saltmarsh vegetation in Ireland and consequences for ecological assessment under the Water Framework Directive.

The School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Programme 2014-2020. The position is for a period of 18 months and will commence on 1st March 2016. The project is being undertaken by an academia-industry partnership of Trinity College Dublin and Botanical, Environmental and Conservation (BEC) Consultants.

The position comprises work as part of a team on the SAMFHIRES project (Saltmarsh Function and Human Impacts in Relation to Ecological Status). This project seeks to link anthropogenic pressures to changes in saltmarsh communities and investigate the ecosystems services and ecological functions of saltmarshes in Ireland. Areas of investigation include the impacts of grazing livestock and eutrophication on vegetation communities, biodiversity and net primary productivity. By integrating the outputs of this research, SAMFHIRES will refine the tool developed by the recent SMAATIE project (Saltmarsh Angiosperm Assessment Tool for Ireland – see for the purposes of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in coastal and transitional waters.

The successful applicant will be based within the Botany Department at Trinity College and supervised by Professor Steve Waldren. They will also have access to the facilities (including laboratories) of Trinity’s Centre for the Environment. Resources available at the offices of BEC Consultants, based in Dublin close to Trinity College, will also be made available. The BEC team is co-ordinated by Dr Philip Perrin.

Closing date for applications: 12 Noon on 22nd January 2016

For further details contact professor Steve Waldren

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