Application deadline: Monday, 09 July 2012
Five bursaries are available to conduct research on various aspects of the invasive biology and status of the European Wasp (Vespula germanica) and European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominulus) in South Africa to inform management actions for these species, as part of the Working for Water / South African National Biodiversity Institute's Early Detection and Rapid Response Programme.
Application deadline: Tuesday, 10 April 2012
The SADC region is particularly vulnerable to regional changes and variability of the climate system, compounded by key gaps in knowledge and understanding of regional system dynamics, projected impacts, and adaptation options and mitigation. Collectively, these issues severely limit effective decision making and the implementation of value response actions by society, and leave stakeholders with a potentially high risk exposure to climate change.
This opportunity is offered by the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (ACE), Faculty of Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies (VFM) of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden. ACE is a centre of academic excellence in African conservation ecology and comprises staff and postgraduate students of the Botany, Geography and Zoology departments of NMMU. It currently hosts 10 doctoral students and > 10 masters students. VFM is internationally recognized for its high quality research in wildlife ecology and plant-herbivore interactions and hosts 70 scientists, including ~15 doctoral students. ACE and VFM are offering R100 000 yr -1 for a 3 year fulltime PhD to be based at NMMU.