The successful candidate will develop dynamical models of ecological communities to examine how the pattern and strength of species interactions shape the composition, functioning and stability of ecosystems along environmental gradients. The goal will be to identify the conditions under which smooth or abrupt changes in community composition, functioning or stability occur in space and in time. Different types of species interactions (competition, mutualism, modification of the abiotic environment…) will be considered. Analysis of the models is expected to be mostly numerical using computer simulations, but mathematical analysis would be a plus.
-BIOSTASES (BIOdiversity, STAbility and sustainability in Spatial Ecological and social-ecological Systems) is an ambitious innovative research project funded by the European Research Council that aims to provide new perspectives on the functioning, stability, and sustainability of ecological and coupled social–ecological systems in the face of environmental changes. It contributes to bridging the gaps between theoretical and empirical ecology and between ecology and social sciences, and to developing new approaches in biodiversity conservation, landscape management, and sustainable development.
We are opening a 4-month postdoctoral position in theoretical ecology to complete research carried out in BIOSTASES Work Package 2 on ecosystem stability at large spatial scales.
The SETE (Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station) is a Joint Research Unit of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. It is located in the foothills of the central Pyrenees in Ariège, in Moulis, about 100km south from Toulouse.
The laboratory was first founded in 1948 to study physical and biological aspects of underground cave systems. In 2007, it was turned into an experimental ecology station, and in 2016, it became the current Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station (SETE).
Directed since this reconversion by Jean Clobert, and now by Michel Loreau since 2018, it currently hosts a team of 70 researchers, technicians, administrative staff and PhD students.
The station focuses its research on exciting new developments in theoretical and experimental ecology, in particular on the interactions between human societies, biodiversity and ecosystems with a view to contributing to their long-term sustainability.
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