MSc project on the effect of light at night on the spatial and temporal responses of insects

MSc project on the effect of light at night on the spatial and temporal responses of insects

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Animal Ecology

Artificial illumination at night (ALAN) is increasing globally due to intensified anthropogenic activities. ALAN can have devastating effects on the biodiversity of multiple trophic levels within ecosystems. Moth species specifically are key regulators of trophic interactions and provide important ecosystem services. However, it is poorly understood how light characteristics at night affect spatial and temporal responses across moth families/genera.

The current thesis/internship – within the BioClock project - aims to pinpoint how light characteristics such as different light spectra and intensities affect behavioural responses across moth taxa.

Various experiments will take place at the Light on Nature sites. Throughout your thesis/internship you will: develop your hypotheses, set-up experimental light traps, monitor moth activity, collect and analyze data. Your contribution will be essential towards finding solutions for the mitigation of light pollution.

Skills required

Candidates should have a background in biological sciences ideally with field experience in ecology and/or entomology. Candidates are also required to own a driving license and be comfortable to drive to the experimental sites. Motivation, efficient communication and independence are appreciated.

Students will be hosted from June 2022 or later at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) for a period of 6 months (dates are flexible). 

For additional information or questions do not hesitate to contact PhD candidate Gabriel Charvalakis (G.Charvalakis@nioo.knaw.nl).