Many juvenile gadoids spend their juvenile phase in shallow coastal areas. During this period juvenile mortality is extreme and there is high competition for favourable habitats. These habitats are often under current stress from anthropogenic activities. We sample juveniles, primarily Atlantic cod and saithe, throughout late summer and fall, examine standard ecological metrics such as size, condition and stomach content but also genotypes and stable isotope signatures.
The main aim of the research is to understand the ecological and environmental factors that contribute to competitive dynamics and juvenile survival. To that end we also conduct experiments in the laboratory, for example, to examine behavioural changes related to temperature, salinity and juvenile size.
We seek hard working and enthusiastic volunteers to participate in the juvenile sampling and ecological measures from early August to late October 2016! Please note that we do not require volunteers to be available for the whole of that period.
Free housing is available as well as opportunities to conduct independent student projects on related topics.