A quarter of sharks and rays are threatened with an elevated risk of extinction. Fortunately, rising awareness of the plight of sharks and rays has driven a recent uptick in conservation actions. Despite progress, there is concern that limited resources are allocated appropriately to ensure these actions translate into conservation outcomes, such as halting declines and reducing extinction risk of sharks and rays. Further by 2020, signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity are required to ensure sustainable fisheries (Target 6), that extinctions are avoided (Target 12) and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals Target 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”.
We are hiring two PDF/RAs in population modelling / spatial planning.
POPULATION MODELER Candidate #1 is expected to have a good understanding of quantitative population dynamics and their application to policy-relevant ecological problems. A keen interest in hierarchical modeling, Bayesian methods, and reproducible analyses would be an advantage. An understanding of how information can be borrowed using phylogeny, traits, and geographic structure would be advantageous.
SPATIAL PLANNER Candidate #2 is expected to have a good understanding of a wide-range of spatial conservation planning paradigms and methods, including MARXAN, GIS, QGIS. The candidate will develop conservation priorities, based on the knowledge of population trajectory and Red List status for species, aggregated by location and combined with information on conservation management likelihood. An understanding of reproducible analyses and tool development, e.g. RShiny is advantageous.