The project will work with FVB-IGB, members of the IUCN Species Survival Commissions Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, and the IUCN Global Species Programme to draft re-assessments of the extinction risk of all European freshwater fishes for the IUCN Red List. As part of this effort, in March 2019 all project early-stage researchers will undertake Inspire4Nature’s third training session (T3) in application of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (IUCN 2012), followed by a review workshop of the draft fish species Red List assessments to complete the second comprehensive assessment of European freshwater fishes. The project will then combine this data set on fishes with the existing Red List assessments for all European birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians to enable calculation of the first RLI for all European vertebrate species. This represents one of the project’s deliverables (D3.1).
The project will then use this comprehensive data set for all European vertebrates to evaluate different approaches for calculating RLIs at national scales for European countries (for example: comparing the global RLI downscaled to the European level with a regional RLI; comparing the global and European RLIs downscaled to the level of individual European countries with national RLIs for those countries), leading to new recommendations for downscaling the RLI from global to regional to national levels. RLIs will also be calculated for a range of taxonomic groupings to evaluate implications on the RLIs derived. Finally, the influence of species sample sizes will be evaluated in relation to the robustness of the derived RLIs. Implications from these calculations will be used to better understand use of the RLI for informing progress towards the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Sustainable Development Goals, and EU Biodiversity Strategy.
Required for this position:
An enthusiasm for Science in general and for fish biodiversity in particular.
A commitment to biodiversity conservation.
A strong academic record in biodiversity or a related field.
A Master’s Degree or equivalent.
Completion of at least one individual research project lasting ≥ 4 months (e.g. a Master’s thesis).
Good proficiency in English: at least B2 level in understanding, speaking and writing as defined by the European Language Levels Self-Assessment Grid.
Proficiency in GIS tools.
Good knowledge of statistical analyses.
Good collaborative skills.
Desirable for this position:
Experience in organising workshops.
Attention to detail and excellent scientific writing skills.
Experience in scientific communication and outreach.
A naturalist background.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview planned for the 11-12 June - please keep these dates open.