We are currently seeking a Masters-level graduate student to join our research team in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Hampton University. The student will join the graduate program in the Department of Biological Sciences, while working with Dr. Tunde Adebola (lead investigator) and Dr. Eric Lewallen (co-Investigator). We are seeking an enthusiastic student, interested in learning computational biology and agent-based modelling and simulations to study marine ecology in Chesapeake Bay. The student will be expected to work primarily on the funded project entitled: Developing a Coupled Human Ecological System for Chesapeake Bay Shellfish Fisheries. In brief, through this project, we aim to extend the current Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Ecosystem Model (CBFEM) developed by NOAA partners to include social information so we can more directly verify human impacts on shellfishes and other living aquatic resources of Chesapeake Bay. During the academic year, the student will be based at Hampton University (Hampton, VA) while completing graduate courses and conducting research toward a Master's thesis. Additionally, for 12 weeks during the summer of 2022, he/she will complete a summer internship with Dr. Howard Townsend (research collaborator) at the NOAA Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (Annapolis, MD). The research project was recently funded by LMRCSC/NOAA (https://www.umes.edu/lmrcsc/) and will provide full student funding for two years. Applications from under-represented minorities are encouraged.
Please contact us via e-mail for more information. In your contact e-mail, please include your Resume and a one-page cover letter briefly outlining your career goals and interests.
Dr. Tunde Adebola (email@example.com)
Dr. Eric Lewallen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proficiency in a computer programing language such as C#, Python, or C++. Familiarity with advanced mathematical/statistical concepts including linear algebra, calculus, and regression modeling.
Willingness to learn to use a game engine like Unity 3D or Unreal Engine 5. Understanding of ecological processes in coastal environments, and a background in one of the following areas that include fisheries science, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental economics, etc.
US Citizenship is also a requirement for the MS position.