Changes in atmosphere-ocean interactions across the North Pacific Ocean are changing relationships between ocean temperature and other physical variables that regulate fish populations. This project will employ a M.S. student to evaluate the effect of novel combinations of climate variables on salmon productivity in the Gulf of Alaska. The project addresses long-standing questions concerning ocean climate effects on marine survival in salmon, and will also contribute to our understanding of the ecological and economic implications of novel anthropogenic climates. The project will involve collaboration among the M.S. student, a physical sciences post-doctoral researcher, collaborators at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and National Marine Fisheries Service, and Dr. Mike Litzow, the project Principal Investigator.
The successful candidate will be responsible for testing hypotheses concerning physical mechanisms regulating marine survival in Gulf of Alaska salmon. During the course of this research, the student will be mentored in fisheries oceanography and advanced data analysis techniques. The student will also be expected to successfully complete the requirements for a M.S. degree in the Fisheries Department, as described in the UAF Course Catalog. This degree and the related research experience are expected to be an excellent foundation for a career in research or fisheries management.
The student will be located at the main UAF campus in Fairbanks to complete required coursework and to interact with the project post-doc and other lab members. The student and advisor will also coordinate extended visits by the student to the advisor’s location at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, the UAF satellite campus in Kodiak, for intensive periods of work on thesis analysis and writing. A start date of either January or August 2020 is possible.
Closing Date: Applicant review will begin September 23, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries, oceanography, applied mathematics, or a related field is required. The successful applicant will be highly motivated and creative; possess excellent writing, communication, and quantitative skills; and show an interest in using quantitative approaches to address questions concerning fisheries resilience in the Anthropocene.
To apply, e-mail the following to Dr. Litzow: (1) cover letter describing why you wish to pursue a M.S. degree, your interest in the project, and qualifications; (2) CV or resume; (3) unofficial transcripts; (4) technical writing sample; and (5) contact information for two references. Please contact Dr. Litzow with any questions. In your cover letter, please also report your GRE scores from the General Exam or planned date of exam.