Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

UJA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships Hosting Offer 2019 (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND GEOLOGY)

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    14/06/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Jaén
    Universidad de Jaén
    RNM-296 Forest Ecology and Landscape Dynamic

Description of Hosting Institution (UJA – Spain)

Jaén University (UJA) was created in 1993 and is in the Top 50 of the world’s best young universities according to THE (Times Higher Education). This ranking analyzes aspects such as teaching, research work, the university’s international outreach, or integration into industry. Besides, the UJA has received the distinction of Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3) and Climate Change (CamBio), plus it also leads the Andalusian CEI project on historical heritage PatrimoniUN10.

Jaén University has five faculties (Social and Legal Sciences; Humanities and Education Sciences; Health Sciences; Experimental Sciences and Social Work) and two higher polytechnic schools for engineering (Linares and Jaén). In turn, these centers are organized into 35 departmentsIt also has three Postgraduate educational centers (Doctorate School, Advanced Study Center in Modern Languages and Postgraduate Study Center).

In regards to its research, there are five specialized centers at Jaén University. Besides, the full picture of the over 100 UJA groups covers the following research fields of expertise (https://www.ujaen.es/servicios/ofipi/uja-ri-expertise): Agrifood (AGR); Biology (BIO); Health (CTS); Social Sciences, Business, Law (SEJ); Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (FQM); Humanities (HUM); Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (RNM); Information and Communications Technology (TIC); and Engineering Production Technology (TEP).

As far the UJA hosting offer is concerned, Prof. JOSÉ ANTONIO CARREIRA DE LA FUENTE (jafuente@ujaen.es) would be willing to host post-doctoral researchers that are eventually funded through the H2020 MSCA-IF 2019 call for applications to be part of the following research team:


UJA hosting research group (https://bit.ly/2ugL5a7)

The Interdisciplinary Soil Lab (LISUJA; https://ceactierra.ujaen.es/lsi/) of Jaén University is an interaction space between scientists dealing with ecological and environmental issues in which soil processes and plant-soil relationships play a basic functional role. The LISUJA allows for integrated studies of the soil ecosystem, by putting together capabilities and know-how for the analysis of forest and agricultural soils in terms of (i) fluxes and transformations of nutrients and pollutants (biogeochemistry, ecophysiology), (ii) biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides (nematode, bacteria and fungi –including mycorhizae- communities), and (iii) morphological and mineralogical features (soil science).

The LIS-UJA is led by José A. Carreira (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5995-076X), head of the Forest & Soil Ecology group, which investigate on the response and adaptive capacity of forest ecosystems to global change drivers (climatic change, land-use alteration, atmospheric pollution-N deposition, fire disturbance) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4KGuRtB2Hg; http://www.ujaen.es/investiga/rnm296/rnm296.html).

The LISUJA is integrated in the Center for Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences (CEATierra) of University of Jaén (https://ceactierra.ujaen.es/). Current staff is about fifty scientists conducting research on the functioning and status of the Earth System from different and integrated points of view: ecology, climatology, geophysics, sedimentology, remote sensing and cartography, soil science, biodiversity, etc.


Project description

Forest ecosystem vulnerability to climate change depends on the interplay of three components: exposition to the stressor (intensity, variability and rate of change), sensitivity (intrinsic system susceptibility to the stressor) and adaptive capacity (mechanisms of system adjustment to avoid, minimize or remediate the impact). The first two components have been more intensively studied (e.g., modeling of climatic-niche and projection of tree species distributional shifts). However, in the face of global change, the need to sustain ecosystem services (biodiversity, wood production, C sequestration, etc.) just calls for a better understanding of Factors that Modulate the Adaptive Capacity of forests to Climate Change (FMACCC). The project uses mountain relic conifer forests (Pinus sylvestris, Pinus nigra, Abies pinsapo, Cedrus atlantica), at ecotone locations along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients, as experimental models. Sensitivity analyses suggest these forests are among the most vulnerable to current climate change. However, they did withstand past climate changes, thus their mere existence evidences the importance of these other factors and their modulating potential on the outcome of vulnerability. We apply an interdisciplinary approach (landscape-stand ecology, plant and soil ecology, ecophysiology and forest genetics) to analyze potential FMACCC resulting from plant-plant and plant-soil interactions which derives from spatial patterns at different scales. We try to disentangle how land-use patterns at the landscape level modulate the forest adaptive capacity, through their influence on the forest canopy structure and the soil status, which in turns affects competition relationships at the stand level, the ecophysiological status of trees and their capacity for metabolic and transcriptomic responses against drought stress.


Application procedure

CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) by 14th June 2019 to ofipi@ujaen.es. Further information regarding the application requirements can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en & https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/msca-if-2019.


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