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Post-graduate field assistant for Chagos seabird research programme

Malcolm Nicoll, January 13, 2016

The institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London is looking to recruit a post-graduate field assistant to support a new programme of research to understand how seabirds utilise the marine protected area (MPA) surrounding the Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean. This is currently the world’s largest no-take MPA at 640,000 km2 and supports one of the most pristine reef-based marine ecosystems in the world. The project involves extensive field work in the Chagos focusing on (i) monitoring the status and distribution of breeding seabirds across the archipelago, and (ii) tracking three species of Sulidae to establish their breeding season and non-breeding season foraging grounds (both within and outside of the MPA). The post will be for three years based at IoZ in London with time spent conducting field work (~ 4 months each year) in the Chagos.

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