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  • Training: DEST taxonomy training — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    For course registration deadlines see the DEST website Filed under Training course Featured opportunities The ALTER Net mobility scheme Funds to support travel and collaboration between ALTER Net partners More In this section Jobs Opps Jobs studentships Opportunities Latest jobs studentships Jobs Senior Research Fellows Research Fellows in Sustainability Research Postdoc Modelling of the land sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios France Postdocs 3 Postdoctoral researcher vacancies biodiversity theory Univ Jena Germany Jobs opps listed by BES Plants Soils Ecosystems special interest group Job Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical ecology Illinois USA Latest jobs studentships More Latest opportunities Call for talks posters at ecology symposium Germany Workshops other events relating to Natura 2000 Stats course Spatial analysis of ecological data using R 2016 BES Summer School Call for abstracts 2016 ILTER Open Science Meeting Latest opportunities More RSS Subscribe to RSS feeds Jobs Opportunities Disclaimer Information about jobs training courses funding schemes and other opportunities is provided in good faith Whilst we do our best to include accurate information at the time each entry is posted on our website you should always check with the original information sources where given i e external web pages

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  • Training: Epidemiology statistics using R, Barcelona, Spain — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    the following Design of epidemiological studies cohort studies case control studies and cross sectional studies Epidemiological measures of disease frequency and exposure disease association Sources of bias in epidemiological studies information selection and confounding bias Bias control stratification and matching Logistic regression After the completion of the course the participants should have acquired basic knowledge on these topics and should be able to apply the corresponding methods to real data For this purpose theory sessions will be accompanied by practical exercises with the statistical software R This course will be held in the Sabadell facilities of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Barcelona Spain and is organized by Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia M Crusafont Place are limited and will be covered by strict registration order More information http www transmittingscience org courses stats epidemiology Filed under Training course training Spain Featured opportunities The ALTER Net mobility scheme Funds to support travel and collaboration between ALTER Net partners More In this section Jobs Opps Jobs studentships Opportunities Latest jobs studentships Jobs Senior Research Fellows Research Fellows in Sustainability Research Postdoc Modelling of the land sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios France Postdocs 3 Postdoctoral researcher vacancies biodiversity theory Univ Jena Germany Jobs opps listed by BES Plants Soils Ecosystems special interest group Job Postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical ecology Illinois USA Latest jobs studentships More Latest opportunities Call for talks posters at ecology symposium Germany Workshops other events relating to Natura 2000 Stats course Spatial analysis of ecological data using R 2016 BES Summer School Call for abstracts 2016 ILTER Open Science Meeting Latest opportunities More RSS Subscribe to RSS feeds Jobs Opportunities Disclaimer Information about jobs training courses funding schemes and other opportunities is provided in good faith Whilst we do our

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  • Postdoc: Modelling of the land-sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios, France — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    English language will be essential The project Terrestrial and marine ecosystems are connected through groundwater river discharge and nutrient outflows especially N and P River catchments in the Mediterranean are N intensive regions mostly due to intensive agriculture in the North and to crop N 2 fixation or food feed import in the South The fraction of nutrient reaching the sea constitutes significant anthropogenic forcing of many marine biological processes For simulating the dynamics of the first levels of the marine food web from nutrients to jellyfishes the ocean biogeochemical model Eco3M MED used and developed by the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography MIO within OT Med currently uses N and P measurements at river mouths e g for the Rhône In order to estimate the impacts of global change on the functioning of marine ecosystems the project aims at modeling the dependency of N and P outflows to the Mediterreanean sea toward land management Land management is modelled as part of the agro ecosystem model LPJmL Bondeau et al 2007 that has been especially adapted to the Mediterranean cropping systems Fader et al 2015 Among others LPJmL simulates the daily carbon and water cycles and the river discharges to the sea Following existing approaches in the scientific literature the post doc will implement the nutrient N and P transfer in LPJmL covering the net nutrient inputs to the river catchments by accounting for the processes occurring at the agro ecosystem level N 2 biological fixation fertilization atmospheric deposition and the net food and feed imports Since only a minor fraction of the net nutrient inputs from Mediterranean basins reaches the sea the retention along the nutrient cascade will have to be added to the LPJmL river routing scheme similarly to the method used by the Riverstrahler model Once the nutrient transfers have been introduced into LPJmL simulations will be validated using current climate and land use forcing for comparisons with the existing observations from river outlets Finally future conditions will be assessed by using the model with scenarios of changing regional climate and land use land management Your application Applications should contain a suitable motivation letter describing your anticipated role in the project a CV a list of scientific publications and the names of at least two scientists that can be contacted for references They must be sent to Ms Gabriela Boéri gabriela boeri imbe fr Please prepare your application as a single file in pdf format Questions about the project or the position can be directed to Dr Alberte Bondeau alberte bondeau imbe fr The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found work should start soon after that date The salary and contract conditions will be determined according to standards set by Aix Marseille University questions in this regard can be directed to Sophie Pekar pekar otmed fr Filed under vacancy job postdoc France Featured opportunities The ALTER Net mobility scheme Funds to support travel and collaboration between ALTER Net partners More In

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  • ALTER-Net's 10th Summer School gets underway in Peyresq — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    full swing beneath beautiful September skies There are 28 students from this year s school most from Europe with two students from South America You can read biographies of students speakers and tutors ALTER Net Summer Schools have been running since 2006 and offer students a unique opportunity to learn about current issues in biodiversity and ecosystem services Open to young graduate and post graduate scientists from both within and outside the network partners the Summer School provides an innovative atmosphere for thinking about and resolving the sustainability challenges that society is currently facing Our Summer School aims at contributing to the durable integration and spread of excellence within and beyond the network with a view to promoting interdisciplinary approaches You can follow the Summer School on Social media Twitter hashtag ALTERNetSummerSchool Facebook visit the 10th Summer School Facebook page Photoblog watch out for photo posts by students tutors and speakers on WordPress blog site Filed under training event ALTER Net Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to

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  • ALTER-Net partners in project aiming to develop a European Long-Term Ecosystem and Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Twitter and or an e newsletter eLTER is a major project that will help advance the development of European Long Term Ecosystem Research infrastructures It brings together the existing LTER Europe network of research sites and European Critical Zone Observatories CZO 162 sites in 22 countries will provide data on long term trends in environmental change Test cases using these data will address a range of environmental and social issues to push innovation in network level services and steer conceptual developments eLTER has 28 partners It is being led by ALTER Net partner the Austrian Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt and also involves these ALTER Net members SYKE Finland CNRS France UFZ Germany MI PAN ERCE Poland SLU Sweden NERC CEH UK INBO Belgium MTA OK Hungary UNIBUC Romania ILE SAS Slovakia CSIC Spain To find out more visit http www lter europe net projects eLTER You can also stay in touch via Twitter and or e newsletter eLTER EU Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting

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  • Researchers call for greater representation of mountain research in future EU funding calls — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    the European funding agencies One of the strategic objectives of the Swiss Austrian Alliance for Mountain Research is to Secure and develop the role of European research towards a sustainable development of mountain regions in an international context If they are successful the group hope this would mean that mountains are recognized for their important role in the European economy and generally for the European lowlands The researchers are preparing a strategic paper with the tentative title Mountains for Europe s Future which should be ready by early 2016 This will be presented at the Roundtable Key research themes for European mountains at the Mountains of our Future Earth Conference at Perth in October 2015 and then fed into the Horizon 2020 consultation process to influence the 2018 2019 work programmes The group are also asking people with an interest in mountain research to complete a short online questionnaire by 25th June A blog post Mountains for Europe s future Putting mountains on the Horizon 2020 agenda provides more background information about this project Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet

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  • Special issue of Science for Environment Policy focusses on new developments in monitoring nature — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Conserving biological diversity is a common concern of humankind according to the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD Rio 1992 a global agreement which recognised over 30 years ago the detrimental impact that human activities can have on the natural world Monitoring the state of nature an important step in biodiversity conservation has developed greatly since the introduction of the CBD The aim of this Thematic Issue of Science for Environment Policy is to bring together the results of new technologies used for biological monitoring and the rise of citizen science initiatives which have taken it to new levels The articles featured are Using remote sensing to map natural habitats and their conservation status key recommendations for scientists and policymakers DNA barcoding strengthens biodiversity monitoring Remote penguins monitored using low cost camera network New Natura 2000 sites can be located using indicator species method Citizen scientists successfully monitor bat populations Volunteers can help on going monitoring efforts of coral reefs by detecting long term changes How to ensure monitoring delivers effective evidence based conservation Evaluating conservation programmes what are the best methods Science for Environment Policy is a free news and information service published by the European Commission s Directorate General Environment which provides the latest environmental policy relevant research findings Science for Environment Policy publishes a weekly News Alert which is delivered by email to subscribers and provides accessible summaries of key scientific studies Thematic Issues are special editions of the News Alert which focus on a key policy area Find out more Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014

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  • Largest ever assessment draws a mixed picture for Europe's habitats and species — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Fisheries Karmenu Vella said of this latest report This report is significant and timely While it shows a mixed picture overall it clearly demonstrates that efforts to improve vulnerable ecosystems can be highly effective It also underlines the scale of the challenges that remain We have to rise to those challenges as the health of our nature is linked to the health of Europe s people and to our economy The report is the first assessment to cover both the Birds and Habitats Directives and it results from the largest collaborative data collection and assessment of nature ever undertaken across the Member States in the period 2007 2012 Looking at birds the report concludes that more than half of all wild bird species assessed 52 have a secure status However around 17 of the species are still threatened and another 15 are near threatened declining or depleted This includes once common farmland species like the Skylark Alauda arvensis and the Black Tailed Godwit Limosa limosa This report is significant and timely While it shows a mixed picture overall it clearly demonstrates that efforts to improve vulnerable ecosystems can be highly effective It also underlines the scale of the challenges that remain We have to rise to those challenges as the health of our nature is linked to the health of Europe s people and to our economy Commissioner for Environment Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella Looking at other species protected under the Habitats Directive almost a quarter 23 have a favourable assessment However over half 60 are still in an unfavourable status with 42 considered to be unfavourable inadequate and 18 unfavourable bad Grasslands wetlands and dune habitats are of particular concern Status of EU habitats and species Population Status 2008 2012 Birds Conservation Status 2007 2012 Species Habitats Secure 52 Favourable 23 16 Near threatened declining or depleted 15 Unfavourable inadequate 42 47 Threatened 17 Unfavourable bad 18 30 Unknown or not evaluated 16 Unknown 17 7 Habitat types on the whole show a worse conservation status and trend than species as only 16 of habitat assessments are favourable The overwhelming majority of habitats have an unfavourable status with 47 of the assessments being unfavourable inadequate and 30 being unfavourable bad The main threats to habitats identified are certain agricultural practices including modification of cultivation practices over grazing abandonment of pastoral systems fertilisation and pesticides and human induced modifications of natural conditions mostly relating to hydrological changes The report also presents success stories of targeted conservation action led by the EU The Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus and the White headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala both have EU Species Action Plans and benefitted from the EU LIFE Fund and their numbers have seen substantial improvements The EU Natura 2000 network of protected areas which is 18 of the EU s land area and is the largest network of protected areas in the world appears also to have had an important positive influence on the conservation status of species and habitat

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