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Posted on behalf of a colleague.  Position is based in the UK, with field work in Nigeria.

If you have questions about the supervisor, the research station or the university, please feel free to contact me at anna.mcgregor@duke.edu.



> "2 PhD positions available studying the ecology of Palearctic migrant birds
> wintering in West Africa (1/4/11 - 30/9/14)
> Two 3.5 year PhD studentships with Dr Will Cresswell (St. Andrews
> University) on the conservation ecology of Palearctic migrants that winter
> in West Africa are available. The studentships are based at St. Andrews but
> will involve around 20 months of fieldwork in West Africa over the three
> years. Fieldwork will be based at the AP Leventis Ornithological Research
> Institute (APLORI) at Jos, Nigeria but will involve a large amount of travel
> in Nigeria and likely Niger. The studentships at St. Andrews are fully
> funded by the A.P. Leventis Conservation Foundation with living allowances
> equivalent to UK government funded studentships. Flights to Nigeria,
> fieldwork costs, accommodation in Nigeria and logistical support will be
> provided in addition.
> The studentships are open to EU citizens and are particularly suitable for
> experienced birders with experience of working alone in difficult
> conditions. Non-EU students are eligible to apply but will have to fund the
> difference in fees (as an international student at St Andrews) themselves.
> The PhDs will start April 1st 2011 with fieldwork commencing August 2011.
> The PhDs are funded until September 30th 2014.
> The two students will work together for logistical and safety reasons, but
> will carry out separate yet complementary projects, the exact details of
> both, and the division between the students, to be developed by the students
> and Will Cresswell during the first year (but see the general outline
> below). The students need to be self reliant and experienced field workers,
> with bird identification, survey and ringing experience essential. Most
> importantly students need to be highly motivated and able to deal with
> difficult field conditions and logistical hurdles with patience and good
> humour and a certainty that whatever, the project will go on and be
> successful, because they will make what is necessary happen.
> The projects aims are:
> 1.To map the north-south distribution, and overwintering habitat
> requirements of a range of Palearctic migrant species (e.g. Common
> Whitethroat, Common Redstart, Tree Pipit, Northern Wheatear, Woodchat
> Shrike, Subalpine Warbler), and how these vary between and within wintering
> seasons.
> 2.To determine which areas and habitats are used for post- and
> premigratory fattening
> 3.To determine degree of residency of individuals in their wintering
> grounds and to relate this to environmental variation.
> 4.To determine how body condition varies between wintering habitats of
> focal species as a means of determining habitat quality.
> Please send a CV and a covering email to Will Cresswell wrlc@st-and.ac.uk in
> the first instance who will advise immediately on initial suitability and
> whether a full application is worth pursuing. Please do this by 20th October
> 2010"
> Please encourage anyone interested to email me wrlc@st-and.ac.uk so we can
> arrange to chat informally about the opportunity.