Volunteers working at Dove Stones RSPB reserve, Peak District

Postgraduate and internships

The RSPB supports and supervises a wide range of MSc projects and PhD studentships each year and offers internships as a training opportunity for budding scientists.

Opportunities

PhD: Improving and extending biodiversity indices

Closing date: 8 January 2018

(CASE studentship with the RSPB)

 

PhD: Landscape and local-scale management for threatened breeding wader populations

Closing date: 8 January 2018

(CASE studentship with the BTO)

 

PhD: Climate change impacts on cold-adapted butterflies

Closing date: 14 January 2018

Discovering the mechanisms and testing potential mitigation approaches.

 

MSc: Beached Bird Survey analysis

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Using large-scale long term data on beached birds to estimate trends in oiling and mortality rates.


MSc: Willow tit Diet

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Willow tits are a rapidly declining woodland bird with little information on their diet. Faecal samples have been collected from a few sites through out the year. This project will identify food items from microscopic fragments in these samples and look for patterns of variation between sites or time of year.

 

MSc: Spotted flycatcher nest success

Closing date: 31 January 2018

In spotted flycatchers, there are large differences in nest success between birds nesting in gardens and woodland. This project will use existing demographic datasets to identify whether nest success is related to the characteristics of the nest or the habitat surrounding nests.

 

MSc: State of Nature: Linking species’ change to key drivers

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Clear, simple measures of the state of the environment, such as those in the State of Nature reports, help communicate the health of the natural world and our role in determining it. This project will contribute to a third report by developing metrics illustrating important relationships between species change and change in environmental parameters.

 

MSc: State of Nature: Measuring conservation impact

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Clear, simple measures of the state of the environment, such as those in the State of Nature reports, help communicate the health of the natural world and our role in determining it. This project will contribute to a third report by estimating the biological impact of species recovery projects in the UK.



MSc: Assessing the ecological impacts of changing forest management

Closing date: 31 January 2018

How will ongoing and proposed changes to forestry management affect priority birds like nightjars, tree pipit and woodlark? This project will use a systematic review to answer that question.



MSc: Quantifying the value of wardening on heaths

Closing date: 31 January 2018

In southern England, increasing housing development threatens internationally important heathland sites. To mitigate these threats, local authorities instigate a range of measures. This project will assess the efficacy of wardening for protecting heathland sites.

 

MSc: Laser hazing trial for predation reduction

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Can lasers reduce predation by problem avian species at the breeding colonies of species of conservation concern?


MSc: Twite use of trial feeding habitats

Closing date: 31 January 2018

The twite is a 'red-listed' species whose population has declined substantially in England. To arrest this decline, trial management measures have been deployed in the south Pennines to increase breeding season seed food availability. This project will collect bird and environmental data to evaluate the use of these habitats by foraging twite.

 

MSc: Fen orchid distribution and movement

Closing date: 31 January 2018

Could mapping deer paths help us to track down this rare and special orchid?