Post-doctoral Fellow in Tropical Ecology

School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Deadline:  14 May 2018

Contact: Dr Louise Ashton

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow in Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, to commence May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, for two years, with the possibility of a one year extension. We will be using the international canopy crane network, canopy climbing techniques and experimental manipulation experiments to understand responses of plant-insect food webs to global change.

Applicants should possess (or be close to submission) a PhD in terrestrial ecology with experience in tropical rainforest ecology, foodweb ecology or climate change manipulation experiments. In this role you will lead field work and collect and analyze the data. The successful candidate will take a lead role in preparing manuscripts for publication and disseminating the research at international conferences.

Required criteria:

• PhD in terrestrial ecology
• Strong experimental design and analytical skills
• Tropical field work experience
• Good problem-solving skills
• Excellent publishing record


• Experience in climate change manipulation experiments (e.g. thermotolerance experiments)
• Experience in foodweb ecology
• Plant or insect identification skills
• Molecular skills
• Good time management and ability to work collaboratively
• Experience and/or willingness to work in forest canopies

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Applicants should send a completed application form together with a cover letter, a statement of your research interests and how you meet the selection criteria, an up-to-date CV and contact details for three referees to Dr Louise Ashton ( See for more details on research themes. Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at

Green Family Fun Day, March 2018

University of Aberdeen researchers from the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences manned a display called “Does What You Eat Affect the World” for the Green Family Fun Day in Pet’s Corner of Hazlehead Park. The fun day, which had at least 20 activities, was organised by Aberdeen Council as part of Climate Week North East which itself put on 45 events across the city and shire highlighting the issue of Climate Change and local initiative to address it.  PhD student Naveed Bhatti, BALI project coordinator Laura Kruitbos and Professor Adam Price invited children and their parents to think about food, where it comes from, how it is grown and its impact on the environment. The kids were mostly interested in the microscopes showing soil micro fauna while many parents were encouragingly aware of palm oil as a cause of environmental concern.  Some were even interested in the role of flooding rice for control of parasitic nematodes.  Naveed and Adam took turns to dress up as “Nick”, the orang-utan from the Orang-utan Foundation and parade through the park high-fiving children. Overall, the day was a wonderful experience. It was a beautiful day (too hot to be dressed as an ape), the park was mobbed and more than 2,000 people visited Pet’s Corner.  It was busy non-stop and the venue was imbued with a sense of excitement and community spirit. Very uplifting.









ATBC 2018

55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in  Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.

The meeting will be held at the Pullman Kuching Hotel, Sarawak, Malaysia, July 1-5, 2018

Call for abstracts is open till 31 March 2018.  For further info, please visit

NERC Unearthed 2017

University of Aberdeen Researchers from the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences held an exhibit at the NERC Unearthed event at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 17th – 20th November 2017.  The theme of our stall focused on soil health and food security in tropical regions.  We wanted to show how what we eat affects the world and how our research may tackle these issues.

Some photos from our exhibit are shown below:




Thank you to all our volunteers and visitors for a successful day!

ECOFOR end of project meeting

The ECOFOR end of project meeting is planned for 29th November – 1st December 2017.  It will take place in the beautiful location of Alter do Chao (Santarem, Para).  Two intense days of talks and discussion are planned, followed by a field visit on the 1st of December and then some additional meetings related to continuing research projects in the Santarem area (PELD, Bio-Red, etc.).

Sabah World Rivers Day Conference & Exhibition 2017

LOMBOK researchers Eleanor Slade and Sarah Luke will present at the Sabah World Rivers Day conference in Kota Kinabalu where they will give a plenary session about the successful collaboration between scientists and policy makers in informing Sabah’s riparian guidelines.

Sabah State World River World Exhibition 2017

Date: 19 – 20 September 2017
Time: 8.00 AM – 5.30 PM
Location: CPS Magellan Sutera, Sutera Habour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Please click here for further information.

Part-time Data Manager required

Part-time Data Manager for NERC Human Modified Tropical Forests Programme
School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford
Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a. (pro rata)
Applications are invited for a part-time (50% FTE) Data Manager position. The work will involve metadata compilation, data description and compilation and archiving of data from across the Human Modified Tropical Forests (HMTF) programme. The HMTF programme is a NERC-funded programme dedicated to exploring the interactions between forest modification and biodiversity and ecosystem function and involves a collaboration across UK Universities and Research Institutes involving research programmes BALI, LOMBOK and ECOFOR conducting research in specific landscapes in Brazil and Malaysia, with collaboration with partner organisations in those countries.

The position will primarily involve supporting the substantive need for data collation, description, organisation and archiving across this ambitious programme. The successful candidate will have a degree (or equivalent experience) with good organisational and data archiving skills and understanding of how to handle scientific and geographical data. You will need good collaboration and interaction skills and be able to deliver to key deadlines. Experience in database programming is not required, but ability to manipulate and handle existing databases is essential. An interest in ecological datasets and questions is also desirable.

This is a fixed-term post until 14 April 2019 in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.  Please visit: