The thesis project will take place in the framework of a collaboration between Denis Réale at the Université du Québec A Montréal (UQAM, Montreal, Canada), and Anne Charmantier, Céline Teplitsky and Claire Doutrelant at the Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE, CNRS, Montpellier, France). Since 2011, we have been studying exploration and aggression behaviours in three populations of Corsican blue tits that differ in their habitats. These populations have been studied for over 25-45 years. We know that they diverge in their life histories, morphology, coloration, and behaviours. We have a database of several thousand individuals, including information on behaviour, life-history traits, morphology, and coloration.
Applications sought for a PhD project on "habitat use and individual features in three populations of blue tits living in contrasting habitats”
You will be working in the field in northwestern Corsica between March and June. You will develop quantitative genetic models to test the Pace-Of-Life Syndrome and matching-habitat choice hypotheses. An interest in evolutionary ecology and knowledge of quantitative genetic concepts and methods are highly recommended. Possibility of carrying out a thesis under a France-Quebec cotutelle between UQAM and the University of Montpellier. Project start date: April 2023 (duration four years).
Please send your CV, your academic records (1st and 2nd cycles), a letter of motivation, and the names of three references to
Deadline: January 1st 2023.