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Doctorat: An eco-evolutionary framework for studying resilience and tipping points in ecosystems under stress (H/F)

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Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 24 juin 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR5554-VASDAK-001
Date of publication : Thursday, June 3, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : Vasilis Dakos, Gael Raoul
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

We invite prospective candidates for a three-year fully funded PhD studentship to explore theoretical questions on the eco-evolutionary dynamics in ecological systems with tipping points.

Global environmental change has made clear that ecosystems are at risk to unexpected and persistent shifts to undesirable states, popularly referred to as tipping points. But, although the ecological dynamics in ecosystem with tipping points have been well studied, the interplay between tipping point responses and evolutionary changes in the phenotypic structure of populations are still poorly understood. Thus, if we could start developing novel ways for understanding how evolutionary processes can affect and be affected by tipping points, we could help the management of ecosystems under stress not only for preventing their collapse, but also for improving the success of ecological restoration.

The subject we propose for this PhD studentship lies on the interface of ecosystem ecology and mathematical evolutionary biology that aims to integrate rapid trait evolution and co-evolution, ecological nonlinear dynamics, global change ecology and reciprocal feedbacks between ecology and evolution in order to develop an integrative eco-evolutionary framework for understanding ecosystem resilience and tipping point responses.

Work Context

The PhD candidate will develop analytical (mathematical) and simulation-based models to explore the effects of eco-evolutionary feedbacks on the ecological tipping responses of ecosystems to global environmental change. Methods such as quantitative genetics and/or adaptive dynamics will be used to analyse the models.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in theoretical and mathematical approaches in evolutionary and ecosystem ecology. A background in mathematical modelling and programming will definitely be an advantage.

The successful applicant will benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the project by being based at the Centre de Mathematiques Appliquees at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier, and being co-supervised by Drs. Vasilis Dakos (Montpellier) and Gael Raoul (Paris). Both laboratories are internationally renowned in their respective fields and are hosts to numerous teams working on the biology infectious agents, evolutionary ecology and applied mathematics. The funding will cover the PhD salary as well as research and presentation activities (workshops, conferences, etc.).

Constraints and risks

The working language in the lab is English and applicants from all countries are eligible. A MSc. degree is required to enter PhD in France.

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