For the EU-Biodiversa project " Aquatic FUNgal biodiversity: developing knowledge and strAtegies to inform ConservaTION priorities and measures (FUNACTION)" with partners from Sweden, Estonia, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal, we are inviting applications for a postdoctoral position starting in April-May 2023 with a duration of 36 months.
The postdoctoral project centres on the assessment of the positioning, performance, and effectiveness of existing priority areas for protecting aquatic fungal (AF) biodiversity and function across position in watershed, season, and mesohabitat via identification of spatio-temporal AF biodiversity and functional patterns and their drivers as well as comparison among different landscape units and protection status.
AF play pivotal roles in C-cycling, C-sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. CO₂, CH₄). ThusAF provide vital ecosystem services; they support primary production, water and soil detoxification, represent a crucial food source for higher trophic levels, serve as key actors in bioremediation processes, and, together with bacteria, they support the entire aquatic food webs. Yet, we fail to protect these organisms which has unpredictable results, potentially harmful, consequences for aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, we aim to assess taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity of AF in protected and non-protected areas (e.g. Natura 2000 and FFH areas) across Europe to improve efficiency of nature conservation measures. In cooperation with the FunAqua project we aim to assess AF diversity across Europe and beyond and develop molecular (including shot gun metagenomics) and bioinformatics tools, and build a comprehensive data bases for aquatic fungi. The successful candidate will join the “Aquatic Microbial Ecology” group, located at Lake Stechlin, ca. 80 km north of Berlin.