Start: January 5, 2022 (Spring semester)
Program: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Deadline: October 1, 2021, or as soon as a suitable candidate is identified
We are currently seeking applicants for a two year, MS research assistantship investigating production methods for Hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus in Florida.
Description: Hogfish are a popular sport and food fish, targeted by recreational and commercial fishers. NOAA stock assessments have indicated South Atlantic hogfish populations to be overfished. Aquaculture of this species has the potential to meet the demands of commercial seafood markets while concomitantly developing reliable production protocols beneficial to stock enhancement efforts. Commercial culture protocols do not currently exist for hogfish. Fundamental information regarding reproduction, optimal larval feeding during ontogeny, and salinity tolerance is needed to define culture efforts and guide management decisions. This project aims to develop protocols for the captive production of hogfish. The proposed investigations will be executed through the collaborative efforts of researchers at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory and Indian River Research and Education Center. The successful applicant will investigate critical gaps in knowledge regarding culture techniques for this valuable species.
• B.S. degree in biology, zoology, marine sciences, aquaculture or related discipline
• Demonstrated research experience and familiarity with marine aquaculture is highly
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Salary/Benefits: Annual stipend plus tuition remission and GatorGradCare health insurance.
Application: Interested applicants should submit the following documents as a single pdf or word file via email to Dr. Matthew DiMaggio, (email@example.com) by the October 1, 2021 deadline.
•Cover letter summarizing interest in the position, qualifications and experience, as well as research and career aspirations
•Unofficial academic transcripts
•Names and contact information for three professional references
Final candidates will be contacted and required to submit formal applications to the University of Florida graduate school by December 2021.