Pita Bangor University (North Wales) has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. The School of Natural Sciences (SNS) at Bangor University ‘conducts world-leading research across a diverse range of topics based around zoology, biology, forestry, geography, agriculture and conservation’.

namorar um empresario Applications are invited for a two-year post-doctoral research officer post in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University to work on an H2020 project funded by the European Commission called ‘POND Ecosystems for Resilient FUture Landscapes in a changing climate (PONDERFUL)’ (https://ponderful.eu/).

The successful candidate will work with buy Seroquel online from canada Dr Isabel Rosa (Bangor University, UK), as well as the other partners in the Scenarios & modelling work-package (WP3): http://alvinghamvillage.co.uk/id3.html Zuhal Akyürek (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), Dennis Trolle (Aarhus University, Denmark), and Matias Arim (Universidad de la República de Uruguay).

Duties will include developing spatially-explicit and stakeholder-informed scenarios of land use change for several ‘pondscapes’ across Europe. The candidate will also engage with stakeholders at these different sites, as well as with partners from the wider project to support the development of a decision-making tool for the sustainable development of European ponds using nature based solutions. The successful candidate will also contribute to the wider project objectives by attending project meetings and engaging in discussions regarding interdisciplinary integration and project impact.

Candidates must have a PhD (or be close to completion) or equivalent in spatial ecology, geography, computational ecology, conservation, or a related subject and have experience of publishing research in peer reviewed journals. Experience of stakeholder engagement and working in interdisciplinary teams is desirable. From a skills perspective, demonstrated experience in spatial modelling and/or handling spatial datasets using geographic information systems is required, as is being comfortable using a programming language to conduct statistical analyses (either R or Python, preferably). Experience of organising workshops is desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1st September 2021 or as soon as possible.

Informal enquiries to Isabel Rosa at i.rosa@bangor.ac.uk.

Applications will only be accepted via the on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

 

POSITION DETAILS

Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 p.a. (Grade 7)

Contract duration: until 31/08/2023

Responsible to: Lecturer in Environmental Data Analysis

Closing Date for applications: 18-06-2021

 

More information at: https://t.co/GNq0euXsHc?amp=1

Join us for the launch of the PONDERFUL project: Pond ecosystems for resilient future landscapes in a changing climate. With the support of the Ramsar Secretariat. Special Guest Speaker: Lenore Fahrig, Carleton University

PONDERFUL will be of interest to everyone involved in water management and aquatic conservation in urban and rural landscapes, bringing new understanding of the practical role of a critical freshwater habitat: ponds.

There is a revolution occurring in the understanding of freshwater as the critical role of small waterbodies, such as ponds, is increasingly recognised. Ponds are one of the least understood, but most biodiverse, abundant and natural parts of the water environment. They occur on all continents, and from mountain tops to the seashore and it is increasingly clear that they are critical for protecting freshwater biodiversity. Yet, freshwater science has had a century long bias against work on these small waters.

PONDERFUL is an EU Horizon 2020 project, which will bring new information on the role of small waters for freshwater conservation and management, climate regulation, the delivery of ecosystem services and nature contribution to people.

 

Click here to register for free

 

About the event

The event will be opened by Dr. Tobias Salathé a Senior Advisor for Europe at the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

Leading international landscape ecologist and conservation scientist Prof. Lenore Fahrig will explain why small waters matter, and how they have been overlooked in international environmental policy up until now. Her inspirational work is relevant to all organisations involved in aquatic biodiversity conservation, urban planning and land management, but is especially important for those involved in water and wetland management.

World leading specialists in the ecology of ponds from the PONDERFUL project, including Prof. Sandra Brucet, Prof. Luc De Meester and Prof. Beat Oertli will introduce the work of this Horizon 2020 project which is providing critical information on these overlooked but ubiquitous freshwater habitats. The meeting will be chaired by Dr Jeremy Biggs who was the first president of the European Pond Conservation Network and is CEO of the Freshwater Habitats Trust in the UK.

The PONDERFUL launch will be a virtual event held as a Zoom webinar on 10th June 2021.

 

Who should attend?

If you are interested in cutting edge freshwater science, of high practical and policy relevance – join us to learn how small waters can help us protect freshwater biodiversity and manage water-based ecosystem services. Land managers in parks, reserves and forest, and those involve in mitigating climate impacts, and everyone concerned with protecting freshwater biodiversity, will all gain important insights from the presentations, and from the outputs of this project.

 

Programme

The event will be chaired by Dr. Jeremy Biggs, Freshwater Habitats Trust.

15:00 – 15:10 (CEST): Dr. Tobias Salathe, Ramsar – Welcome.

15:10 – 15:40 (CEST): Prof. Sandra Brucet, ICREA & University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) – Introducing the PONDERFUL project.

15:40 – 16:10 (CEST): Prof. Luc De Meester, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) – Effect of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services and their interactions in ponds.

16:10 – 16:40 (CEST): Prof. Beat Oertli, The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) – Nature-based solutions and management to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

16:40 – 17:25 (CEST). Prof. Lenore Fahrig, Carlton University – Why are small waterbodies important? Theory, practice, and the conservation of ponds.

17:30 (CEST). Finish.

References

Below you can find a small selection of research papers and examples of practical guidance documents that exist now which we think are interesting or important. A description of each document is given in the delegate pack (also below):

  1. Ramsar COP13 Resolution XIII.21 Conservation and management of small wetlands. 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21-29 October 2018.
  2. European Pond Conservation Network. 2008. The Pond Manifesto.
  3. Pond Creation Toolkit.
  4. Universidade de Évora (2018). MANUAL DE BOAS PRÁTICAS PARA A CONSERVAÇÃO DOS CHARCOS TEMPORÁRIOS. Conservação de Charcos Temporários na Costa Sudoeste de PortugalLIFE12NAT/PT/997 MEDITERRÂNICOS
  5. Pierre-André-Frossard, & Oertli, Beat. (2015). Manuel de gestion. Recommandations pour la gestion des mares urbaines pour favoriser la biodiversité.
  6. Marrone F, Ortega F, Mesquita-Joanes F, Guerrero F. On the Occurrence of Metadiaptomus chevreuxi (Calanoida, Diaptomidae, Paradiaptominae) in the Iberian Peninsula, With Notes on the Ecology and Distribution of its European Populations. Water. 2020; 12(7):1989. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12071989
  7. Boix D. et al. (2016) Invertebrates of Freshwater Temporary Ponds in Mediterranean Climates. In: Batzer D., Boix D. (eds) Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24978-0_5
  8. Ozinga, W.A., Römermann, C., Bekker, R.M., Prinzing, A., Tamis, W.L.M., Schaminée, J.H.J., Hennekens, S.M., Thompson, K., Poschlod, P., Kleyer, M., Bakker, J.P. and Van Groenendael, J.M. (2009), Dispersal failure contributes to plant losses in NW Europe. Ecology Letters, 12: 66-74. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01261.x
  9. Alexander, Laurie & Fritz, Ken & Schofield, Kate & Autrey, Bradley & DeMeester, Julie & Golden, Heather & Goodrich, David & Kepner, William & Raanan Kiperwas, Hadas & Lane, Charles & LeDuc, Stephen & Leibowitz, Scott & McManus, Michael & Pollard, Amina & Ridley, Caroline & Vanderhoof, Melanie & Wigington, Parker. (2018). Featured Collection Introduction: Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 54. 10.1111/1752-1688.12630.
  10. Delegate pack document.

The University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic – UCC) is a young and very dynamic university in Central Catalonia, with a special commitment to quality education, innovative research and internationalization. The Aquatic Ecology Group of UVic-UCC is formed by a young team of researchers and has recently been granted a Horizon 2020 grant of €6.9 million to lead the project PONDERFUL. The consortium is composed by 18 partners from nine European states and from Turkey and Uruguay. PONDERFUL aims are to increase understanding of the ways in which ponds, as a nature-based solution, can help society to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and deliver ecosystem services. PONDERFUL project starts in December 2020 and last for 4 years.

We are looking to hire a

Postdoc position

Predoc position

Project Manager position

in our group within the EU H2020 project PONDERFUL: Pond ecosystems for resilient future landscapes in a changing climate.

Please, find details on the position and the application procedure here: https://mon.uvic.cat/aquatic-ecology/news/

 

Ponderful! First meeting of new European research project assessing role of ponds in ameliorating the impact of climate change.

Today see’s the first meeting of the Ponderful project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. Led by the University of Vic in Spain, Ponderful’s overall aim is to develop better methods.

Kick Off meeting of Ponderful happened online during this week and we are all very inspired to start this European research project funded by EU Horizon H2020 Programme.

The project aims to increase the understanding of the ways in which ponds, as a Nature-Based Solution (NBS), can help society to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and deliver ecosystem services.

The project started in December 2020, and will run for 4 years.

Today see’s the first meeting of the Ponderful project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. Led by the University of Vic in Spain, Ponderful’s overall aim is to develop better methods for maximising the use of ponds and pondscapes in climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity conservation and the delivery of ecosystem services.

Because of their small size, the significance of ponds has long been underestimated. They are, for example, largely excluded from Europe’s most important water legislation, the Water Framework Directive in Europe, even though the Directive is actually intended to protect ‘all waters’. In North America, their inclusion in the protections provided by the Clean Water Act are contested, and in other areas they lie largely outside regulatory systems. However, research over the last 10-15 years has shown that, because of their abundance, heterogeneity, exceptional biodiversity, inherent naturalness and biogeochemical potency, ponds play a role in catchments, landscapes, and potentially at continental scale which is completely out of proportion to their small size, and there is growing awareness amongst researchers and others of their importance[1].

The main aims of the research in PONDERFUL will be to increase understanding of the ways in which ponds, as a Nature-Based Solution (NBS), can help society to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and deliver ecosystem services. The project started in December 2020, and will run for 4 years.

During the first week in February, the whole project team is meeting together for the first time to plan the continent-wide project’s five main components:

  1. Developing a strategic approach to engagement with stakeholders, to ensure that they are able to effectively implement the benefits of ponds as Nature-Based Solutions
  2. Through the generation of extensive new biodiversity and ecosystem services datasets, to better establish the relationship between pond biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services
  3. Establish models that enable us to test and optimise practical scenarios for the use of ponds and Nature-Based Solutions
  4. Create a set of demonstration sites across Europe which show to practitioners and policy makers how ponds can help to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change
  5. Ensure that the project’s outputs are widely known to policy makes, practitioners and other stakeholder.

The project brings together experienced researchers from nine European states and from Turkey and Uruguay.

The last 20 years has seen a revolution in scientific opinion about which freshwater habitats are the most important for biodiversity. Traditionally, it was assumed that large habitats – rivers and lakes – were key. Recent science has turned this idea on its head: small sites have proved to be critical biodiversity hotspots and a vital refuge for rare wetland plants and animals[2]. It is increasingly clear that they also play an important part in providing ‘ecosystem services’ and can influence the climate too.

There is worrying evidence from the UK that biodiversity in small sites may be declining faster than in larger waters[3] caused by a mixture of pollution and poor management. Since tiny ponds and streams are often the only freshwater habitats in countryside landscapes, there is concern that their decline will lead to unprecedented loss of freshwater biodiversity on a landscape scale. In other parts of Europe we do not know if there are similar trends but it seems quite possible that similar deterioration could be occurring.

On the plus side, restoring small habitats offers major benefits: these sites pack a big bang for their buck: providing major biodiversity gains with only modest expenditure. Creating new clean water ponds, rewetting small fens and de-intensifying land around headwater streams are all cheap and effective options, bringing biodiversity benefits out of all proportion to size of these habitats.

For example, last year UK members of the project team, from Freshwater Habitats Trust, found that adding just 20 new ponds in a 10 km2 area of farmland – roughly doubling pond density per kilometre square – protected the entire area against loss of freshwater biodiversity, and brought back rare plant species that had not been seen for decades: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-52910464.

Professor Sandra Brucet (University of Vic) said: We are very happy to start the Ponderful project with our ‘Kick-off Meeting’ the first time we have brought all of our partners together to plan the project work in detail. We hope that our work will, as well as providing new knowledge of the role of ponds, also help international planning to protect freshwater biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change”.

Dr Jeremy Biggs of the UKs Freshwater Habitats Trust, who is co-ordinating project communications said: “Ponderful will be important in helping policy makers and governments respond better to the biodiversity crisis, which is especially acute”.

[1]Recently, European freshwater biologists have noted that ‘new strategies should address the bias in research, management, and policy principally focused on rivers and lakes, largely excluding other freshwater habitats’ (see: van Rees et al. 2020: https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12771).

[2]Surprisingly, in most landscapes where scientists have looked, ponds support more species collectively than other freshwater habitats. Key reference: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320703001538.

[3]Recent UK government evidence shows that river and lake quality has flat-lined over the last 10 years (see Indicator B7 here: https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/ukbi-b7-surface-water-status/). In contrast, small waters still seem to be declining and, at a landscape scale, headwater streams are losing species (see https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NPS-resurvey-summary-results-1JB.pptx and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320719310626).

UCL Geography’s Pond Restoration Research Group is part of an 18 partner international research consortium that is running a new EU Horizon 2020 project ‘PONDERFUL’, led by the University of Vic (Spain).

The project aims to improve the use of ponds and pondscapes in managing the adaptation to climate change, biodiversity conservation and the delivery of ecosystem services.

The significance of ponds has commonly been underestimated. They are largely excluded from the European Water Framework Directive, even though this is intended to protect ‘all waters’. In the USA their inclusion in the protections provided by the Clean Water Act is also contested, and they lie outside regulatory systems in many other regions.

Research over the last 10-15 years has nevertheless shown that their abundance, diversity and biogeochemical potency means that ponds play a role in catchments and landscapes which is completely out of proportion to their small size, even potentially at the continental scale.

The main aims of PONDERFUL are to improve understanding of how ponds, as a Nature-based Solution (NBS), can support the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, the protection of biodiversity and the delivery of  ecosystem services.

The five main components of the project are: engaging with stakeholders, developing new datasets, establishing models in support of pond management, creating a set of demonstration sites across Europe, and ensuring that policy makers and others are informed.

Experienced researchers will be brought together from nine European states, Turkey and Uruguay, and the project runs for 4 years from December 2020

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At work on pond restoration

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Pond Restoration Research Group

The project PONDERFUL has received a budget of 6 993 407 Euro. PONDERFUL is a new EU project that will examine the importance of ponds in relation to biodiversity and climate change.

18 partners from all over Europe (including one in Urugway) will cooperate in the project and Malgorzata Blicharka is responsible for the project in Sweden.

Malgorzata Blicharska, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development has received a budget of 316 875 Euro.

In what way are ponds important?

– Ponds deliver multiple ecosystem services including carbon storage and climate regulation, water provision, flood control, groundwater recharge, pollution amelioration, recreation and tourism. Given their abundance and importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and their potential influence on global carbon dynamics, ponds have the potential to play a significant role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

How many will work with the project in Sweden?

– I have the main role in the project from the Swedish side and I also plan to employ a post-doc to help me with it.

When do you start?

– We are staring 1st of December this year and the project is 4 years.

Read more about the project: : https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/869296