PhD Project in Modeling, Sorbonne University, France

Expires on: 05/15/2024

The increasing fragmentation of habitats as a result of human activities is one of the major causes of biodiversity loss. Understanding how the arrangement of habitat patches into spatial networks resulting from this fragmentation affects species interaction networks and ecosystem functioning is central to the implementation of effective habitat management strategies. For example, this knowledge is essential for assessing how the creation of dams on rivers can affect the dynamics of species at different trophic levels or, in a terrestrial context, for understanding how the spatial footprint of agricultural activities can maintain or deteriorate interaction networks.

This thesis project is included in the ANR WINE project (Webs of Interactions NEtworks, funded over the period 2023-2027) and aims to develop and analyze theoretical models of spatialized food webs to better understand the ecological mechanisms that link the properties of interaction networks and their spatial dynamics.


We are looking for a candidate with a Master’s degree in ecology, mathematics for life sciences, or physics, with a taste for theoretical questioning (ability to abstract and step back from major ecological issues) and modeling skills (dynamic systems). We’re looking for a self-motivated, autonomous individual with a solid command of English and good writing skills. We are also looking for candidates with good communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills, which will facilitate integration into the thesis project.

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