An MS research assistantship is available through the School of Marine
Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture at
the University of Maine, Orono to partially support a graduate student
involved in research to understand the role of pinnipeds in the Penobscot
River Estuary. This research to assess predator risk to diadromous fish
conservation represents a new collaboration between the University of
Maine, NOAA, and the Maine Department of Natural Resources. The position
will involve analysis of existing data sources to assess potential and
realized seal predation events on river fish, including endangered sturgeon
and salmon, as well as field work to assess the utility of
photo-identification techniques in identifying individual gray and harbor
seals that use the river habitat.
Beyond the School of Marine Sciences, students in our lab also have the
opportunity to be engaged with interdisciplinary scholarship as part a new
One Health & the Environment Initiative and the Mitchell Center for
Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, marine science,
environmental studies or a related field. Preferred candidates will be able
to demonstrate aptitude in quantitative data analysis and scientific
writing. Prior experience with marine mammal photo-ID, particularly of
pinnipeds, will be beneficial. Individuals that are passionate,
responsible, hardworking, willing to learn, and have attention to detail
are encouraged to apply. The accepted student will be required to complete
motorboat operator training.
How to Apply: Interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to email a
cover letter, CV, and unofficial transcripts to Kristina Cammen
(firstname.lastname@example.org). All applications received before August 31,
2018 will receive full consideration, and applications will be accepted on
a rolling basis thereafter until the position is filled.
Expected Start Date: January 2019