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PhD position: Woody invasive alien species in East Africa: assessing their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services and rural livelihoods
12.11.2014

Background: In a recently approved international research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), we aim to help mitigate the effects of woody invasive alien species (IAS) on biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being in case study areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. To achieve this goal, we will generate and share knowledge on invasion processes and on context-dependent effects of woody IAS. Also, we will elaborate sustainable control measures and develop and document Sustainable Land Management (SLM) strategies that mitigate the negative effects of woody IAS in East Africa.

PhD Position: Within this project, an exciting PhD position is available at CABI in Switzerland (cabi.org/about-cabi/cabi-centres/Switzerland), which is the coordinator of this project. The PhD aims to improve our understanding of the positive and negative effects of key woody IAS on biodiversity, ecosystem services and rural livelihoods in three case study areas in East Africa. Specific goals of the study include: (1) measure effects of selected woody IAS at small scale, e.g. at the household or community level, and (2) compare IAS cover – effect response curves for multiple indicators of biodiversity, ES and rural livelihood. The results from this study will be combined with those from parallel studies assessing the current and potential future distribution and abundance of the woody IAS in the case study areas and at the national level, which will allow us to assess the impact of woody IAS across multiple spatial scales.

The student will be based at the CABI Centre in Delémont, Switzerland, and registered at a Swiss University. Extended fieldwork will be conducted in the East Usambara mountains (Tanzania), the Baringo district (Kenya) and the Afar Region (Ethiopia).

More information on required competences and how to apply find in the original offer attached below.

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