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University of Greifswald, Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Zoological Institute and Museum

Master project - Butterfly Ecophysiology

Application deadline: not specified
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University of Greifswald (Germany),

Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology&Zoological Institute and Museum

Master project: Population differences in redox status in response to variable temperature regimes in a European butterfly.

The Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Zoological Institute & Museum at the University of Greifswald jointly offer a Master project at the interface between biochemistry and ecology. In the context of climate change, the general aim of the project is to examine whether animal populations naturally subject to different temperature regimes differ physiologically when exposed to new stressful thermal conditions. More specifically, the project will focus on the effects of variable temperature regimes on the redox status of different populations of green-veined white butterflies (Pierisnapi). Butterflies have already been collected across a latitudinal gradient in different European countries, exposed to different temperature regimes, and prepared for further laboratory analyses. The project can therefore start as soon as possible.

The candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry and laboratory techniques as well as a clear interest for ecological questions (e.g. student in biochemistry, biology, veterinary medicine). The candidate should also be willing to spend much time in the lab and to analyze large datasets. If desired, following this Master project, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to apply to a PhD position within the framework of the Graduate School RESPONSE ( Successfully conducting the proposed Master project will obviously be a clear advantage to enter this PhD program (although with no guarantee).

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter with a short statement of motivation, (2) a CV, and (3) the contact details of one or two academic referees.Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to:  Dr. Michaël Beaulieu e-mail:

  For further information, please visit and or directly contact Michaël Beaulieu. 

Dr. Michaël Beaulieu Zoological Institute & Museum Greifswald University J.-S.-Bach-Str. 11/12 D-17489 Greifswald  Phone: +49-3834-864268 Fax: +49-3834-864252    "Dr. Michaël Beaulieu" <>

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