Title: PhD Opportunity - Coastal Fisheries Ecology
Date Posted: December 18, 2019
Deadline: Until Filled

Job Details:

Dr. Ronald Baker is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic student with interests in estuarine and coastal fisheries ecology to fill a PhD or Masters position in the Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. 

This position is funded through a NOAA RESTORE project examining the resilience of oysters, blue crabs, and spotted seatrout to environmental variability in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The student in this position will collaborate with PI’s and other students across a number of disciplines. The focus of this project is on spotted seatrout and includes determining relationships between historic fishery-independent data and environmental data to determine population drivers and thresholds, undertaking fieldwork to test predictions, and conducting experimental assessments of tolerance thresholds for a range of environmental drivers.

The position is funded as a Research Assistantship which requires the student to work as a research assistant for 20 hours per week in addition to conducting their own research. Tuition is covered as part of the position, and funding is for up to 5 years. Start date is Fall 2020.

Job Requirements:

Applicants with the following skills and experience will be most highly regarded:

  • MS in coastal ecology or related field,
  • Primary authored publications in peer-reviewed journals,
  • Demonstrated skills in analyzing large datasets

Applicants at a Master's level will be considered if they can demonstrate a commitment to the rapid publication of their research and an interest in pursuing a research career.

Job Contact:

Interested applicants should first check admission and eligibility requirements and deadlines and then contact Dr. Ronald Baker via email at rbaker@disl.org to discuss research ideas before completing the online application process through the University of South Alabama. 

Please use the email subject “NOAA RESTORE Graduate position” and include: 1) a description of your research interests; 2) your CV including contact numbers for referees, 3) academic transcripts and test scores, and if applicable 4) pdf(s) of any peer-reviewed publications you have authored.

USA and DISL are equal opportunity institutions and Dr. Baker is committed to mentoring students from all backgrounds.