Reference : UMR5175-DAVGRE-005
Nombre de Postes : 1
Workplace : MONTPELLIER
Date of publication : Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 13 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2023
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : From 2833€ before tax, depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
The French Ministry in charge of the environment, through its Water and Biodiversity Directorate and its General Directorate for Energy and Climate, is leading the "ECUME" working group on the cumulative effects of offshore wind farms, which has identified among its priority needs to conduct an assessment of the effect of these farms on the movement of seabird populations induced by offshore wind farms. Within this framework, the Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle & Évolutive (CEFE) has been contracted to conduct this study entitled BIRDMOVE.
The BIRDMOVE project studies the cumulative effect on (marine) birds of (i) "change of aerial habitat" and (ii) "obstacle to movement, feeding, resting, moulting in aerial environment (leading to a loss of functional habitat)" in metropolitan France (approx. 36 targeted species).
It is linked to the BIRDRISK project, which aims to evaluate the cumulative effect of the "risk of collision" pressure due to wind farms authorized or in the process of being authorized located on the Atlantic arc and mostly on the same bird species: The study perimeter will be the whole of the Atlantic and Channel - North Sea facades, including the 7 offshore wind farm projects awarded, as well as if the data allow it, some foreign wind farms according to the geographical range of each species.
It is also linked to the BIRDYNAMIC project which will allow to aggregate the results of the 2 other projects in population dynamics models, in order to evaluate the cumulative impact of the wind projects at the population level.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Locate the areas of concentration of seabirds at sea on the basis of existing data
- Better understand the functional areas of seabirds
- Better quantify the flows and migratory corridors (potential lengthening of migration routes by bypassing wind parks for migrants);
- Determine the changes in behavior: how will their use of the area evolve due to the wind farm projects?
- Evaluate, in terms of demographic parameters, the effect of these behavioral changes at the scale of a colony, then of a population
- To define a data acquisition program
- Knowledge of seabird ecology
- Skills in spatial analysis of mobile species data,
- Skills in database management, statistical tools, mapping (GIS)
- Strong ability to work both in a team and independently, interpersonal skills
- Excellent writing skills in English and French
- Ability to work within strict deadlines
- Scientific rigor
13-month fixed-term contract, potentially renewable.
Within the Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle & Évolutive (CEFE) and under the responsibility of the project leader (David Grémillet, davidgremillet.com), the post doc will work in close collaboration with technical and scientific partners, in particular with the MNHN (Antoine Chabrolle), the CEFE (Aurélien Besnard), PELAGIS (Mathieu Authier), the Office Française pour la Biodiversité (Sylvain Michel), and with various "seabird" experts (in particular, GISOM). He will be assisted by an engineer (Martha Mac Call, CEFE), on aspects related to data sourcing.
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