Ph.D. position studying restoration of cyanobacterial mats on wind tidal flats at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Texas A & M University- Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
TBD; The position includes stipend, tuition, and benefits.
Last Date to Apply
A Ph.D. position is available with Dr. Pollack at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and Dr. Withers in the Department of Life Sciences, to develop and carry out methods to restore cyanobacterial mats that are the driver of tidal flat ecosystem function. The position is available for a Fall 2023 (with possibility of Summer 2023) start. This project will involve: 1) developing and testing methods for stabilizing and restoring elevation in the field, 2) evaluating methods for growing cyanobacterial mats in mesocosms in the laboratory/greenhouse, and 3) combining the best methods for stabilizing and restoring elevation and growing cyanobacterial mats in field experiments. The student will join a hard-working team that is focused on providing science-based information to support resource management and conservation efforts and improve sustainability of coastal ecosystems. This work will be based in Texas estuaries and will include field collection, laboratory manipulations and sample processing, and statistical analysis to address specific questions as part of a Ph.D. in Marine Biology ( or Coastal and Marine System Science ( at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The project will also involve an outreach component involving the local community.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a Hispanic Serving Institution. We particularly encourage applications from students from underrepresented groups. Students with an M.S. degree are preferred, but exceptional students with B.S. degrees will also be considered. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in marine ecology or related fields, as well as excellent communication skills, motivation for conducting intensive field and laboratory research, and interest in conducting educational outreach with students and the public. The position includes stipend, tuition, and benefits. Interested applicants are encouraged to email Jennifer Pollack by December 1, 2022, with a copy of their CV, transcripts (unofficial OK), a brief statement (<500 words) describing their interests and fit for this opportunity, and contact information for 3 references.
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Jennifer Pollack
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