World Land Trust (WLT) and Leeds University School of Earth & Environment (SEE) are seeking a doctoral student to research the impact of forest degradation on lowland tropical forests of Vietnam.
Roger Wilson, WLT’s Senior Conservationist, will join Dominick Spracklen, Wolfgang Buermann and Professor Oliver Phillips from Leeds University to supervise the project. WLT has been working with Dr Spracklen since 2003, and previous collaborations include forest restoration projects in Ecuador and Paraguay.
The research will focus on Khe Nuoc Trong forest, a 49,000 acre (20,000 hectare) area of Annamese Lowland Forest in Quang Binh Province, north central Vietnam. Khe Nuoc Trong is home to a Carbon Balanced forest conservation project funded by WLT and managed by Viet Nature Conservation Centre.
Data collected by the PhD studentship will provide the scientific basis for managing the Khe Nuoc Trong forest conservation project according to standards for certification set by Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA).
The research will involve field work in Vietnam to quantify above-ground carbon stocks across a gradient of forest degradation, as well as analysing satellite data. In addition to working in the field, the student will also have a base in WLT’s UK office in Halesworth.
The research results will be disseminated outside academia and will influence forest conservation on an international scale. For example, data collected will inform the national framework for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The findings will be published in scientific journals and knowledge generated by this study will contribute directly to the development of forest carbon conservation.
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Deadline for receipt of applications is 8 April 2015. UK and EU candidates only.