Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja offers a three year PhD position in the field of mycorrhizal ecology. The project is part of the Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Monitoring and Research in South Ecuador (PAK 823 – 825), funded by the German Research foundation (DFG).
This project is part of a multidisciplinary nutrient manipulation experiment (NUMEX) conducted in the tropical montane forest in southern Ecuador. Effects of nitrogen and phosphorus additions on the ecosystem are monitored, evaluating potential impacts of increased nutrient depositions related to anthropogenic activities. This project focuses on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), evaluating effects of nutrient additions on intraradical and extraradical abundance as well as the intraradical AMF community structure. Furthermore, the functioning of these important root symbionts in such an ecosystem shall be elucidated by experimental approaches. Methods will include root staining to quantify AMF root colonization, hyphal and spore quantification, pot experiments in the greenhouse and rotated core experiments in the field. A close cooperation with other groups involved in NUMEX allows efficient and stimulating work.
The student will be hosted in the lab of Prof. M. Rillig during the time in Berlin. For information on this lab see http://sites.google.com/site/mycorrhizas/
- excellent master degree in biology, ecology or related fields
- good English language skills (spoken and written)
- gute Fähigkeiten zur Zusammenarbeit mit anderen researcher
- self-confidence to conduct research independently in Ecuador and stay for a longer period in Berlin
- knowledge in soils, ecology and mycorrhizal research are desirable
Freie Universität Berlin - Institut für Biologie