Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Date Posted
12 Aug 2017

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PhD Project
University of Konstanz

Statistical analysis and numerical modelling of plankton communities in lakes.

Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
12 Aug 2017

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Position Description

Applicants with a background in environmental science, biology, physics, mathematics, oceanography or similar discipline are welcome to apply. Required are good mathematical skills, experience with computers and a strong interest in numerical modelling and statistical analysis in ecosystem research.

The research topic is: “Seasonal and long-term phytoplankton trait dynamics during trophic change and a regime shift in phytoplankton biomass”. The research project is part of the DFG priority program DynaTrait. The main research objective of the project is a better prediction of the response of phytoplankton communities to changing forcing conditions using trait based approaches. The phytoplankton com-munity of Lake Constance serves as model system.
The main tasks involved in the project are:
– Statistical analysis of trait dynamics of phytoplankton in Lake Constance on seasonal and long-term time scales.
– Numerical modelling of the development of different functional groups in a vertically resolved water column to investigate the consequences of the traits of the functional groups for phyto-plankton community dynamics.
– Investigation of the consequences of the trait dynamics under trophic change for phytoplank-ton biomass and herbivores based on experiments with the numerical model.

This is a joint project by F. Peeters and D. Straile. Links to the research groups of Frank Peeters and Dietmar Straile see at: and

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Position Category: Featured and Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Salary: €40'000 - €50'000.

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