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PhD Graduate Assistantship – Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Modeling: Florida
University of Florida
$25,000 - $35,000
Last Date to Apply
We seek a highly motivated PhD student for a funded 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 the assessment and management of gag grouper. The student is expected to apply a variety of advanced statistical techniques to large fisheries independent and fisheries dependent datasets in the Gulf of Mexico 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.
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, trophic dynamics, or quantitative ecology. 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 publication in peer-reviewed journals.
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).