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Dear students,
A colleague, who recently accepted a professorship for Biodiversity Theory in Oldenburg, has three open PhD student positions, which might be of interest to you.
Best wishes,
Marc Hütt

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I am currently advertising three (very attractive) PhD positions, which will form the core of my new lab in Oldenburg. It would be great if you could point the following out to suitable candidates:

It is a currently a major current challenge in ecology to understand the dynamics of ecological communities in a spatial context. One of the major threats to biodiversity is loss and fragmentation of ecological habitats. The hope is that we can conserve biodiversity by connecting remaining patches of habitats, but right now it is not clear which spatial topologies are good for a system. The idea is that understanding the physics of network colonization process will help with this. Hence this project will focus on the dynamics of complex multiplex networks, which has many parallels to co-infection dynamics.

This project focuses on social data analysis, collective decision making and governance. In particular we will focus on coastal regions, marine traffic and decision making related to biodiversity conservation. We use modern data analysis methods to both ecological and social data. In addition mathematical models will be used to explain phenomena seen in the data or to form new hypothesis that can be tested with data sets.

The aim of this project is to gain deeper insights into what biodiversity means for a system and how it can be measured. We have some ideas about new kinds of methods and models. We will focus on small marine organisms such as bacteria and plankton. This makes the modelling easier because such communities lack some complexities of large terrestrial animals. Moreover it allows us to contribute to the study of the earth's microbiome, an ongoing major revolution in biology.

Prof. Dr. Thilo Gross
Professor of Biodiversity Theory
Universität Oldenburg / HIFMB /

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