Doctoral scholarship holder Aquatic ecology
|Workplace||Antwerpen, Flemish Region, Belgium|
Department: Department of Biology
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The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of aquatic ecology
This research project is carried out within the Ecosystem Management Research Group (ECOBE) of the University of Antwerpen. The research of ECOBE concentrates on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems and wetlands and the processes in the land-water interaction along the whole river continuum and the river-coastal sea interaction. The studied systems vary from small streams with riparian margins over larger rivers and floodplains to estuaries. These studies, both descriptive and experimental in nature, are integrated to predict the impact of different management options on the functioning and the biodiversity of the system.
In many valleys in Flanders, rivers have been straightened to improve drainage, rapid evacuation of rainwater and optimize land use for agriculture. Doing so, the ecology of these rivers declined and hence the delivery of important ecosystem services. With climate change, the demand for certain ecosystem services is steadily increasing. River valleys are already now often suffering periods of drought during summer, and climate change scenarios predict more problems in the future.
In this project, you will investigate if and how reconnecting former meanders in the Demer valley (Flanders, Belgium) can mitigate climate change problems and restore ecosystem functioning, with focus on drought prevention, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration.
This research is part of a restoration project by De Vlaamse Waterweg (DVW), the waterway authority in Flanders. Several meanders will be reconnected. Research and monitoring of the first phase of this restoration project should give more insight in the efficiency of these measures, and result in advice to improve future projects.
You will work in a team on this project, and conduct monitoring of the remeandering projects: hydro- and morphodynamics, its relation with vegetation, water quality and biota. You will calculate ecosystem service delivery using GIS based modelling tools and evaluate the restoration of former meanders as a tool to cope with climate change.
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