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Interested in applying for an MSc using citizen science to understand the distribution of introduced species?
The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology is hosting a MSc project which will assess the value of iNaturalist data for invasion science in South Africa.
Find out more here.
This month, Jack Fearey, an MSc candidate within the Centre for Statistics in Ecology, Environment and Conservation and Sea Search group, will be joining Greenpeace on their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, to go to the Vema Seamount. The Vema Seamount is an underwater mountain in the southern Atlantic Ocean, roughly 1000km due west of Cape Town which reaches to within 20m of the sea surface in places. Greenpeace has launched a campaign, “Protect the Oceans, from Pole to Pole” to draw attention to the importance of the world’s oceans, the need for a Global Ocean Treaty and to highlight work being done by scientists around the globe along the journey.
We are seeking a full-time Research Officer on a one-year contract to work on various projects that form part of the SEEC-SANBI collaboration. These include analysis of large-scale biodiversity data, piloting data pipelines and giving inputs on monitoring projects. The incumbent will take a leading role with these projects and work closely with other SEEC team members and SANBI scientists. This is a one-year contract, which may be renewed if further funding becomes available.
UAV ("drone") image of the Drie Kuilen study site where some of our experimental work is taking place (Picture: Adam West and Justin van Blerk).
We are looking for a postdoc interested in working at the interface of ecological observation and remote sensing.
In this three-year position, the incumbent would explore the importance of seasonality on ecological function in the Greater Cape Floristic Region from a remote sensing perspective, while working closely with students on the project. The ideal applicant would have a PhD in ecology with experience in remote sensing.
Application deadline is 1 March 2019.
See here for more details.
SEEC alumnus, Raquel Garcia was recently part of a large team of international researchers who published a paper in Scientific Advances on standards for species distribution modelling.
This paper will no doubt be highly cited in the years to come and will be extremely useful for any researchers wanting to use species distribution modelling for their research.
The SAEON Fynbos and Ndlovu Nodes have developed a collaboration with researchers at SEEC and Rhodes University, and provincial conservation agencies to develop rapid and repeatable tools for monitoring and mitigating global change impacts on natural resources using open science and reproducible research principles. We seek suitably qualified and enthusiastic candidates to appoint to posts for one PhD and two MSc students in the following projects:
1. Developing repeatable methods for classification of alien and native vegetation in montane grasslands
2. Detection and mapping of invasive alien plants in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS)
3. Near-real time change detection in the Thicket Biome
For more details, download this PDF.
Congratulations to Greg Duckworth and Alecia Nickless who both graduated with their PhDs this December. We are very proud of you!
Greg did his PhD on the effects of protected areas and climate change on the occupancy dynamics of common bird species in South Africa, and Alecia's project was on modelling CO2 fluxes.
We seek several students to join our NRF ACCESS funded “Seasonality in the Cape” project exploring the impacts of changes in rainfall seasonality on vegetation and birds in the global biodiversity hotspot of the Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR). Changes in seasonality of rainfall might have profound impacts for this highly diverse and endemic vegetation in the only winter-rainfall dominated region of sub-Saharan Africa.
Our project will combine large-scale outdoor experiments with remote-sensing and citizen science data across the GCFR to tackle this issue. Opportunity exists for the development of key skills in: field experimental approaches, collecting and analysing physiological, demographic and community data, ecological remote sensing and data analysis.
For more information, click on the image below:
We seek several students, a postdoc and a research technician to join our NRF ACCESS funded “Seasonality in the Cape” project exploring the impacts of changes in rainfall seasonality on vegetation and birds in the global biodiversity hotspot of the Greater Cape Floristic Region (GCFR). Changes in seasonality of rainfall might have profound impacts for this highly diverse and endemic vegetation in the only winter-rainfall dominated region of sub-Saharan Africa.
Our project will combine large-scale outdoor experiments with remote-sensing and citizen science data across the GCFR to tackle this issue. Opportunity exists for the development of key skills in: field experimental approaches, collecting and analysing physiological, demographic and community data, ecological remote sensing and data analysis. All student positions start 1 July 2018 and the post-doc and technician position 1 June 2018.
See the attached advert for more details.
Congratulations to Danielle Boyd who graduated with a M.Sc. in Statistical Ecology this month. We are proud of you Danielle!
The title of Danielle's thesis is "Fishery, population dynamics and stock assessment of geelbek (Atractoscion aequidens), a commercially important migrant fish species off the coast of South Africa"
You can read the abstract of her thesis in the full news piece...
In January SEEC hosted David Warton a Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow from the University of South Wales.
David champions the movement away from traditional methods of exploratory multivariate analyses to more predictive and testable model-based analyses in an effort to maintain the integrity of the data during analyses. To this end he has developed the mvabund R package.
While at UCT, David offered a model-based multivariate statistics course attended by 35 ecologists and statisticians from all over South Africa. This course challenged our thinking about popular multivariate methods and introduced new methodologies which will hopefully become more common in ecology. We have learned a lot and hope for many more future interactions with David and his students. Watch David’s recent Stats Department seminar HERE.