The SENSEI project funded by the Fondation BNP Paribas investigates the behavioural and demographic responses of marine top predators (flying and diving seabirds, seals) to changes in sea-ice processes in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. The project uses long-term demographic data and state-of-the-art animal embarked techniques (bio-logging) coming from seven polar seabird and seal species.
This postdoctoral position, working within the project, will be based on Cooper Island, and will last for a total duration of 18 months. This position will use capture-mark-recapture and abundance data to model population dynamics, and assess the effects of different sea-ice metrics (sea-ice concentration, sea-ice season duration, dates of sea-ice break-up and formation), environmental drivers (sea surface temperature, local meteorology, large-scale climate indices, predation pressure) and intrinsic drivers (density-dependence, fledging body condition) on demographic parameters and population dynamics.
The main tasks are to carry out the research project, write scientific articles, and attend national and international scientific meetings. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork on Cooper Island.