A PhD Scholarship in Migration Ecology is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date December 2015. The scholarship is part of a larger Nordic collaborative project, MarGen, financed by the EU Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak Programme and the Danish Rod and Net License Funds. The project will primarily be carried out at Section for Freshwater Fisheries Ecology which is situated in Silkeborg, Denmark. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.
Migration is a fundamental aspect of the life history of many animals. Migration in fish has often been regarded as an adaptive behaviour for increasing growth, survival, reproductive success, and hence overall fitness, but is notoriously difficult to study. This is especially true for highly migratory species such as salmonids. However, new advanced methods in biotelemetry, genomics, chemical fingerprinting and combinations thereof provide unprecedented insights and resolution on migration.
It will be the purpose of this PhD, using primarily salmonid fish as model species, to increase our understanding of how and why animals are distributed through time and space in the biologically highly productive marine and freshwater regions encompassing Skagerrak, Kattegat, Øresund and the North Sea region. Such basic ecological knowledge is an essential prerequisite for effective conservation and management of the fish stocks, also under changing environmental pressures.
The successful candidate will be responsible for collecting, analysing and publishing large telemetry data sets and for coupling these datasets with information from population genetic analyses and chemical fingerprinting; thus strong analytical skills and interests are required. The candidate will also contribute to teaching at the Aquatic Science & Technology Masters programme at DTU Aqua and to the supervision of Bachelor and Master students.