Natural Resources Wales, PhD Placement Opportunity: Developing Essential Fish Habitats for Marine Species

Closing Date for Applications: 15th July 2022

Natural Resources Wales needs to better understand marine Essential Fish Habitats (EFH) to provide holistic nature conservation advice. EFH has recently been defined in work by Natural England as “a habitat or area according to its physico-chemical attributes (e.g. substrata, water quality, water parameters, current speed), biological attributes (e.g. dominant flora such as reedbeds or saltmarshes, availability of a specific prey species), and geographical location, required for the survival or wellbeing of a species relating to breeding, spawning, feeding or growth to maturity.”

In order to undertake the above, NRW are offering a PhD student the opportunity to spend three months working within NRW, helping to steer the approach to the development of EFH. The successful applicant will identify, collate, review and analyse relevant research and data to produce a report on the EFH of a single fish species, such as for example Atlantic herring Clupea harengus, in Wales. The report will build on existing EFH methodologies developed by the Marine Management Organisation, Natural England and NatureScot and include maps and/or GIS outputs of the location of EFH for the species in Wales. The legacy of the placement will be development of a replicable process and format to produce additional EFH reports on other species.

The placement provides an opportunity to gain insight into the functioning of Natural Resources Wales and evidenced based decision making within the Welsh environment context. The post-holder will work in an interesting and diverse team, and their contributions to tackling the nature and climate emergencies will be highly valued. 

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