We are inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship on hazel dormouse conservation. The project will focus on dormouse ecology in fragmented, upland and marginal landscapes at the edges of their range. The student will investigate the connectivity, dynamics and resilience of dormouse populations in such landscapes and how best to manage them in the face of climate change, to ensure their conservation at local, regional and national levels.
Fieldwork will comprise investigations of dormouse population biology and habitat use, including at Clocaenog Forest in northeast Wales. Laboratory studies may include analyses of foraging using stable isotopes, population genetics and modelling of dormouse populations. The student will also work with local partners at Chester Zoo, who have maintained dormouse surveillance in the region, and with ecologists and site managers at Innogy Renewables.
The studentship will begin in early 2020, or soon thereafter.