Title: Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship
Agency, Location: University of Florida
Salary: $25,000 – $35,000 per year, plus tuition and fees
Applications Due By: August 31, 2017
Description: We seek a highly motivated PhD student for a project to develop ecosystem models for fisheries management application in the Gulf of Mexico. The student will work with Dr. David Chagaris (UF, Nature Coast Biological Station) to update an Ecopath with Ecosim and Ecospace model of the West Florida Shelf and investigate trophic interactions, habitat linkages, environmental stressors, and population dynamics of valuable reef fish species (e.g. groupers and snappers). Additionally, the student will design simulations to inform stocks assessment and fisheries management. Large fisheries independent and fisheries dependent datasets in the Gulf of Mexico will be analyzed to update model parameters, define predator-prey and habitat relationships, and validate model predictions. The position will be available immediately with funding for three years.
Qualifications: M.S. degree in biology, ecology, marine science, fisheries, or related field. Preference will be given to students with a background in ecosystem modeling, population dynamics, and trophic interactions. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores in the upper 50th percentile in each category and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system). Strong applicants will exceed these minima and have a record of research productivity via presentations and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Contact: To be considered for the position, please email a letter of interest, current CV, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information for three references to David Chagaris, (firstname.lastname@example.org)