|Location||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
Environment and Countryside
|Closing Date||Apply ASAP|
How to Apply
Placement title: Hedgehogs in the anthropocene – what is behind the success of urban hedgehogs?
ONE Planet offers a cohort-based doctoral training partnership at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities. The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) funds the partnership.
The population of the European hedgehog in Great Britain has been in decline for over half a century. Considerable efforts have been made to stabilise this decline before the species becomes regionally extinct. These efforts have culminated in a recent trend of increasing numbers in urban areas. However, it is not known why hedgehogs are doing better in urban areas. Ideas range from less predators, greater food availability and habitat complexity, in association with considerable public interest in this charismatic mammal.
On this placement you will join a research team working with Northumbria University’s and Newcastle University’s Hedgehog Friendly Campus teams, Urban Green Newcastle and the Ouseburn Trust to test the role habitat complexity has on urban hedgehog numbers. Through a combination of field site monitoring with traps and cameras, GIS mapping and faeces analysis (pollen, parasites and microplastics) you will produce the first urban study of hedgehog habitat preferences.
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