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Call for applications for a PhD position on Conservation Telecouplings

We are now accepting applications for a new PhD position in our lab. this PhD will focus on conceptualizing and analyzing conservation telecouplings, with a focus on South America. The PhD position will be in the context of our newly funded European PhD Training Network COUPLED (http://coupled-itn.eu). The focus of this graduate school will be on operationalizing the telecouplings concept in order to assess and solve sustainability challenges connected to land use. Recruiting has started, the application deadline is 24 November, 2017.


The PhD position will focus on Conservation Telecouplings - telecouplings activated via nature conservation. The regional focus of the project will be on South America's cattle and soybean deforestation frontiers - e.g., in Amazonia, the Chaco and the Cerrado.

The PhD is part of a broader research project focusing on understanding recent land-use changes and their effects on biodiversity in the Chaco, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and carried out in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología (INTA) in Buenos Aires and Salta, and the National Universities of Tucuman and Mar del Plata (all in Argentina).

The PhD will be based in Berlin but the candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof. Tobias Kuemmerle and Prof. Patrick Meyfroidt (Univ. Louvain). We welcome applications from candidates with a background in conservation, environmental science, sustainability science or geography. Spanish or Portuguese language skills would be a plus.


Interested candidates should apply via the COUPLED webpage: