PhD: Foraging seascapes of common dolphin in the Bay of Biscay


PhD – 3 years

Brest, France

Deadline : 20 april 2022

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FREMER is offering a three-year PhD position on the foraging seascapes of dolphins in the Bay of Biscay, based on the abundance, size and energy of small pelagic fish in their Laboratoire Biologie Halieutique in Brest, Brittany.

Host organisation

Founded in 1984, IFREMER is a French public organisation. It is operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the French Ministry of the Sea, the French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Ifremer contributes through its research and expert activities to the collection of knowledge on oceans and their resources, to the monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of maritime activities. Ifremer is a source of knowledge, innovation, monitoring data and expertise of the seas in terms of both public policy and socio-economic activities.

The objective of its HALGO unit is to develop knowledge and methods for the ecosystem approach to fisheries, in particular for the integrated assessment of ecosystems. The unit thus contributes to the definition of the conditions for a sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources and ecosystems.

Position description

The candidate will be asked to:

  • Propose a mapping of the dolphin prey range based on a set of variables: abundance, size, energy, aggregation and depth of small pelagic fish.
  • He/she will have at his/her disposal data on abundance from scientific surveys, energy density of fish, and distribution and diet of dolphins;
  • He/she will benefit from rich interactions within the DELMOGES project aiming at solving bycatch.

Profile and skills

  • Strong interest in marine and/or fisheries ecology
  • Training in quantitative ecology
  • Experience in statistical data work and analysis
  • Proficiency in R, Fortran or Python
  • Good level of English
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Rigour and autonomy


Laboratoire Biologie Halieutique, Brest, Brittany, France

Contract type

Full time for 3 years

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