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Reseach Assistant to evaluate the role of soil fungal diversity in preserving functionality in Iberian beech forests under contrasting climate change scenarios

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
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Town/City Leioa
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 13/02/2020
Company Name BC3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change
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Current climate change scenario, with continuously rising temperature and more frequent and severe drought episodes severely threatens the maintenance of forests at the rear end of their climatic distribution limit. Symbiotic associations between tree roots and ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECM) can contribute to maintain forest functionality by enhancing root uptake of water and nutrients. In this project, funded by the regional Basque Government, we aim to quantify the functional role of ECM in beech forests in northern Spain, where this species finds its driest distribution limit. To this end, we will combine an empirical and experimental characterization of the ECM community in the field, under contrasting climatic conditions, using molecular and isotopic techniques, together with an experiment under controlled conditions, where we will quantify the functional importance of ECM fungi for nutrient and water uptake. In this project, we are seeking to employ a very motivated research assistant capable of performing laboratory and field work, methodical, responsible and fascinated with nature and the functioning of ecosystems.

The research assistant will be physically located in Leioa (Bizkaia) at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). The research assistant will work under the direct supervison of Dr Teresa E. Gimeno with the co-supervsion of Dr. David Moreno Mateos and in close collaboration with one PhD and two MSc. Students. The research assistant is expected to abide to rules of conduct and ethics imposed by the host insitution (the BC3).

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