Food webs and stomach content analysis on fish species of the Belgian Part of the North Sea

Internship position (12 ECTS)
Oceans and Lakes
Today there is an increasing effort on the creation of artificial hard substrates in the North Sea. The addition of hard substrates into the surrounding soft sediment causes alterations to the trophic habits of non-invasive species. The FaCE-It project aims to understand the impacts of fining and hardening on the benthic ecosystem functioning by investigating the biogeochemical cycles and food webs of both hard and soft substrates. We offer a three-month internship at Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Ostend, in collaboration with ILVO to a motivated student interested in working on the FaCE-It project and particularly on trophic ecology of fish species sampled from the Belgian part of the North Sea (both from the hard and the soft substrates). The intern will participate in fish stomach content analysis and his/her tasks will include: (a) the identification of macrofauna species, (b) the biomass estimation of the identified organisms and (c) data analysis. The internship will provide working experience on the above mentioned fields and also the opportunity to work in a macro-invertebrate certified laboratory.
The intern should preferably have basic knowledge on Microsoft excel and microscopy.
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Prof. Dr. Steven Degraer (Promotor) Dr. Ilse de Mesel (Co-promotor) drs. Ninon Mavraki (Supervisor)
Reference Number: RP-48841