This proposal seeks funding for a two-year postdoctoral Marie Curie EIF fellowship in animal ecology, focusing on costs of variable incubation conditions to offspring and parents in birds. The project aims to study how incubation conditions could affect the developing embryo and the incubating parent through a series of experiments where clutch sizes are manipulated.
The blue tit will be used as a model organism, and the fieldwork will be conducted in Loch Lomond NP, Scotland, UK. The postdoctoral work will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Pat Monaghan and Dr Ruedi Nager in the Ornithology Group at the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.
Working in this group provides an optimal environment for me to further develop my research on avian reproductive ecology and evolutionary processes, and for learning new research methods. The hosting institution internationally renowned within the fields of avian life history and reproductive ecology provides an enriching and stimulating academia for intellectual development.
Building upon my previous research experience with field studies of birds and ecological hypothesis testing, the study will add new aspects to my research profile, e.g. with the incorporation of physiological and endochrinological studies for use in an ecological context. It will also incorporate the use of novel field instrumentation equipment currently being developed at the host institution.
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