Internships for CASCADE

This page lists the currently available internships for the CASCADE project; they are intended for Msc students at agricultural universities or students fo higher education institutions.

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orange - internship finished

Partner

Study site

Where

subject

requirements

period

Field/lab or office

Short description

Further info

UNIBAS

Yes

Castelsaraceno, Basilicata, Italy

Pasture and shrubs  land, resilience, state and transition model, adaptive capacity. 

economics,

ecology,

pedology,

grazing.

Driver licence.

 

 

3-5 months

Starting spring 2013

Mostly filed, some office

Soil and vegetation measurements working in team with researchers, PhD students and other students. three different plots with 4 sub-pelts each will be monitored and data collected analysed in the office comparing relevant literatures. 

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University Aveiro

Yes

Viseu District, north-central Portugal

Soil erosion after (repeated) forest fires

Knowledge/ interest in soil erosion; taste for physically-demanding fieldwork

5-6 months, starting as soon as possible

Mixture of field work and laboratory and data analysis

Measurement of runoff and soil loss from small plots, comparing sites with different fire history; analysis of runoff samples in the lab.; statistical data analysis; working in a young and dynamic team, under close supervision

Jacob Keizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (www.cesam.ua.pt/teamsite)

University Aveiro

Yes

Viseu District, north-central Portugal

Effectiveness of post-fire soil conservation measures

Knowledge/ interest in soil conservation; taste for physically-demanding fieldwork

5-6 months, starting as soon as possible

Mixture of field work and laboratory and data analysis

Measurement of runoff and soil loss from small plots, comparing plots treated with different conservation measures; analysis of runoff samples in the lab.; statistical data analysis; working in a young and dynamic team, under close supervision.

Jacob Keizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (www.cesam.ua.pt/teamsite)

University Aveiro

Yes

Viseu District, north-central Portugal

Post-fire recovery of soil and vegetation

Knowledge/interest in soils and vegetation; taste for physically-demanding fieldwork

5-6 months, starting as soon as possible

Mixture of field work and laboratory and data analysis

Sampling and measurement of soil and vegetation characteristics, , comparing sites with different fire history; ; analysis of soil and plant samples in the lab.; statistical data analysis;  working in a team with other students and PhD students.

Jacob Keizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(www.cesam.ua.pt/teamsite)

University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment CDE

no

a study site of choice

Evaluation of  Sustainable Land Management (SLM) technologies and approaches

Understanding the language of the field site (if possible)

6 months, field work of approx. 1 month

Field and office

Use of the WOCAT questionnaires on SLM technologies and approaches (www.wocat.net) to evaluate local SLM practices. In-depth further assessment of an impact parameter of choice (such as production, vegetation cover, erosion, social acceptance) in collaboration with the study site research team and the CDE PhD.

Gudrun Schwilch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Center for Development and Environment, University of Bern. In collaboration with CEAM 

 Yes

Ayora (Spain), and others at choice

Abandonment of Mediterranean croplands, rangelands and forests. Mapping of land use change and of the consequences on today's environmental dynamic.

Some experience with GIS mapping and remote sensing, interest in Sustainable Land Management and landscape studies. Knowledge of a local language would be an advantage. The study will be in collaboration with the local research institutions.

6 months of work, field work depending on inclination

Following student inclination, up to one month

Within the framework of the EU project CASCADE, the student will detail the land use changes occurred in different areas of Mediterranean Europe (to be chosen between Portugal, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Greece) over the last 50 years. The objective is to assess the role of agricultural abandonment on present day environmental dynamic, with special attention to terraces. Management options for these areas will be elaborated, taking into account the current state of the environment and the needs of land users.

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