The University of Montpellier (CNRS, France) is seeking candidates for a PhD which proposes to measure and contextualize the aesthetic value of coral reefs fish communities. The methodology will be based on the analysis of photographic databases combined with the use of online questionnaires.
Aesthetic experience is central in human relationship with nature and in our motivation to protect biodiversity. Despite this importance it has been largely neglected in the evaluation of ecosystems services and is now considered as a priority by the IPBES. Defining and measuring aesthetics values of biodiversity is a real challenge that requires integrating several levels of ecological organization and human perception.
This thesis project is original and will be at the interfaces between ecology, biogeography, eco-informatics, sociology and cognitive sciences. The student will need to be very autonomous, curious and have a very good knowledge of R.
Applications should be made online via the website link posted above.