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Opportunities for thesis and internships in the ConFoBi project

A number of opportunities are offered for thesis and internships within the ConFoBi project B6.

For further information about the project visit http://confobi.uni-freiburg.de/.

For further information about the opportunities, email to Marco Basile.

Best retention forestry practices aimed at bird conservation. Literature review

This review will explore how different degree of retention forestry mitigate the impact of forest harvest on bird populations. By applying modern meta-analysis techniques, it will be assessed if the response of birds to retention forestry follow a gradient or is threshold-dependent. The suitable student or intern will have an interest in forest-wildlife-related topics and a willingness to read lot of papers. The student is expected to be motivated and capable of working independently. The suitable student or intern will learn how to read papers properly and dig for useful information.

The influence of landscape structures on occupancy and abundance of forest specialist owls. Field research.

The tawny owl (Strix aluco), the Tengmalm’s owl (Aegolius funereus) and the pygmy owl (Glaucidium passerinum) are secondary cavity nesters, such as they rely on natural holes for nesting. They are true forest specialists as their typical nest site is only found in forests where several factors occur: the presence of old and dead trees; the presence of woodpeckers. Indeed, the presence of open habitat in the surrounding landscape can increase their reproductive performance, since they can increase predation on mammals (e.g. voles). The suitable student or intern will have an interest in forest-wildlife-related topics and a willingness to work during night and in bad weather conditions (sometimes) in remote places of the Black Forest (Autumn 2016). The student is expected to be motivated and capable of working independently. It is preferred some previous knowledge about the Black Forest. The suitable student or intern will learn owl ecology and some bird sampling techniques.

Multi-scale assessment of bird-forest relationships. Field research

Forest passerines, woodpeckers and other forest specialist birds will be surveyed during Spring 2017 (late-February/mid-June) in the Black Forest. The thesis will give to the interested student or intern the possibility to develop an individual research topic and to learn about bird ecology and field methods.

Interested students or interns are kindly asked to email Marco Basile.

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