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Post-doc opportunity at Wits: Ecological applications of high resolution and large-scale woody cover datasets

29 Mar 2019 - 08:45

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral researcher to undertake research on the drivers of woody encroachment and the impacts on ecological functioning and ecosystem services, through combining broad-scale remotely sensed products, environmental GIS, field, and citizen science bird atlas datasets. The successful applicant will be registered at the University of the Witwatersrand and assume research within the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Science (APES) in collaboration with researchers from the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University of Stellenbosch (and others).

The successful applicant will work closely with Drs Nicola Stevens, Jolene Fisher and Chevonne Reynolds (APES & US) and with the CSIR Earth Observation team (Drs Renaud Mathieu, Laven Naidoo and Moses Cho) on two key project questions relating to i) how bird diversity, and ensuing ecological function is affected by woody plant encroachment across South Africa and ii) how anthropogenic, biotic and abiotic processes drive patterns of woody cover change within SA regions of different functional diversity. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to other research questions outlined in the SASSCAL proposal and be available to help supervise students that are funded through the award.

Download the full advert here. Closing date 15 April, 2018.