PhD studentship at the intersection of GIScience and movement ecology


Sonar or Magnetism: exploring bat migration using a data science approach
We are looking for a candidate for a fully-funded interdisciplinary PhD studentship at the University of St Andrews, funded by the IAPETUS Doctoral Training Programme:

This project is at the intersection of GIScience and movement ecology: student will use data science to explore how migratory bats use information from Earth’s magnetic field for navigation. The student will fuse satellite geomagnetic data from ESA’s Swarm constellation with bat tracking data and then apply movement analytics to investigate migratory patterns.
The project is supervised by Urska Demsar (University of St Andrews), Ana Basiri (University of Glasgow), Ciaran Beggan (British Geological Survey), Jed Long (Western University, Canada) and Kamran Safi (Max-Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour, Germany)

We are looking for a student with an excellent degree (preferably MSc), potential prior research experience and experience in coding in Python. The competition is open to UK, EU and international students. The funding covers 3.5 years including tuition fees, maintenance stipend and research expenses.

For more information see: https://udemsar.com/2020/11/09/a-fully-funded-phd-studentship-in-giscience-ecology/

DL for expressions of interest is 10 Dec 2020.

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Dr Urska Demsar
Senior Lecturer in Geoinformatics
School of Geography & Sustainable Development
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
@udemsar, https://udemsar.com/

Co-Director of the Bell Edwards Geographic Data Institutehttp://begin.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/
Associate Editor, International Journal of Geographic Information Sciencehttps://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tgis20/current