Thesis topic proposal
Tamás Székely
The impact of climate change on global shorebird populations


Institute: University of Debrecen
Pál Juhász-Nagy Doctoral School of Biology and Environmental Sciences

Thesis supervisor: Tamás Székely
Location of studies (in Hungarian): Life Science Building
Abbreviation of location of studies: ÉTK

Description of the research topic:

Shorebirds (plovers, sandpipers and allies) are declining globally. My research group is uncovering the ecological, behavioural and demographic causes of population declines, and our recent work suggest that climate change is one of the major factors driving shorebird population changes. The student will join an internationally leading research group that focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on shorebirds. The student will combine 2 research directions: collect data in the field from selected shorebird populations, and using remotely-sensed information investigate shorebird population changes on populations worldwide. The project will train the PhD student in field biology, ecology and conservation biology. In addition, the student will receive training in transferable skills including communication skills, publications and research designs.

The candidate should have a good command of English (written and verbal). A condition of the application is a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in biology, zoology, veterinary sciences or similar subject. The ideal candidate is willing to work independently and for long hours in the field and has experience with handling birds and/or data analyses.

For further information please contact Prof Szekely (T.Szekely@bath.ac.uk)


Amano, T., T. Székely, B. Sandel, Sz. Nagy, T. Mundkur, T. Langendoen, D. Blanco, C. U. Soykan, W. J. Sutherland. 2018. Successful conservation of global waterbird populations depends on effective governance. Nature 553: 199-202.
Kubelka, V., M. Šálek, P. Tomkovich, Zs. Végvári, R. Freckleton & T. Székely. 2018. Global pattern of nest predation is disrupted by climate change in shorebirds. Science 362: 680-683.

Number of students who can be accepted: 2

Deadline for application: 2023-05-15

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