We look for students interested in performing a PhD Thesis at the Marine Biology and Oceanography Department of the Institut de Ciències del Mar de Barcelona. We offer an FPI fellowship (beca predoctoral de Formación del Personal Investigador by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación), linked to the project “ECOALFACS: ECOlogical mechanisms controlling (harmful) phytoplankton blooms in ALFACS Bay (Ebro Delta), CTM2009-09581, PI: E. Berdalet”. The Thesis will be advised by Drs. Marta Estrada and Elisa Berdalet.
The general objective of the Thesis is to investigate some biological aspects that modulate the phytoplankton dynamics in Alfacs Bay, and in particular of harmful species. Namely, the research will include: a) the estimations of in situ phytoplankton growth rates and of the grazing pressure by microzooplankton, b) the potential role of mixotrophy on the selective proliferation of certain phytoplankton assemblages and/or harmful species and c) the significance of the preferential vertical location of some (harmful) phytoplankton species linked to their migratory behaviour. Optical microscopy, flow cytometry, image analysis with FlowCam and HPLC techniques will be used.
The official call by the Spanish Government is expected to be published in January 2010, with only 15 natural days to apply. The specific requests for the application will be shown at the MICINN Webpage (http://web.micinn.es).
If interested, send CV (including the grades) and/or ask for more information to:
Dra. Marta Estrada
+34 93 230 9596
Dra. Elisa Berdalet
+34 93 230 9595