INRAE presentation
The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research institution bringing together a working community of 12,000 people, with 268 research, service and experimental units, located in 18 centers throughout France. INRAE is one of the world’s leading institutions in agricultural and food sciences, plant and animal sciences. Its research aims to build solutions for multi-performing agriculture, quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.

Work environment, missions and activities
You will be hosted in the EcoSystems and Societies in Mountains Laboratory (LESSEM) of Grenoble, which is a multidisciplinary unit, crossing social sciences and ecology, gathering researchers in plant and forest ecology, social sciences and agronomic sciences. You will be part of the BIOSES team.

The post-doctoral fellowship is part of the GéniTrame project, which aims to develop tools to better take into account the continuity of river corridors in riverbank development projects; and to study the role of bank protection structures in functional connectivity at the scale of a river section on model species.

The operational interest of this work is to propose tools for a better consideration of connectivity during the development of riverbanks by managers; to propose a hierarchy of riparian sections to be restored to optimize the conservation of target species; and to target priority areas to be conserved or restored to improve the functional connectivity of corridors.

On the basis of a number of target species associated with the riparian environments of a section of river, a spatially explicit model of the ecological network of habitats is to be developed.

More specifically, you will be in charge of :
The activity concerns the development of a spatially explicit model of the ecological habitat network using landscape graphs and associated connectivity indices:

– The section of watercourse selected should be a corridor of the Arve of about 20 km between Bonneville and Magland. Several target species will be chosen that are attached to the river environments and whose life cycle takes place partly in the water and partly in the riparian zone; the species will be selected in relation to their role or function in the ecosystem. They will have varied dispersal capacities in order to reflect the movement of a wide range of species. This will be based on inventories of these species on the selected stretch of river; these local data will be supplemented by naturalist data and bibliography. For each habitat type in the landscape matrix, the travel costs for each species will be evaluated. The post-doctoral fellow will be able to model connectivity according to different scenarios and thus predict the impact of a development on the target species. For each of these scenarios, summary maps will illustrate the impact of developments on the movement of each target species within their habitat networks. In particular, the model will present various popularized map outputs to understand the variability of corridor connectivity for each target species.

– The post-doc will be in charge of validating and acquiring data (some of which has already been acquired) on the species and the landscape. He/She will develop the connectivity model based on the characterization of the landscape matrix and the associated travel costs for the selected species. He/She will be able to supervise an intern. He/She will be in charge of writing a scientific article and a technical report.

Qualifications – PhD
Graduate
Holder of a PhD, ideally in landscape ecology.

You have in-depth knowledge of biodiversity assessment, landscape ecology in relation to connectivity, and riparian environments. You have the following qualities and skills: scientific leadership, teamwork, analytical and synthetic skills, rigor and method, writing skills, very good oral and written command of scientific English. You have a sense of teamwork and are autonomous.

Experience in the application of graph theory and the use of associated software (Graphab or Conefor), as well as naturalist knowledge of animal species in riparian environments would be particularly appreciated.

BAP A – Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Contact persons (for application or any question):
EVETTE André (andre.evette@inrae.fr)
BERGES Laurent (laurent.berges@inrae.fr)

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