Project: Nutritional ecology of climate change: Impacts on Northwest Atlantic fishes
The Fish and Movement Ecology Lab at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) are looking for a PhD student to help understand how warming oceans, species distributions, and feeding habits interact to impact the Northwest Atlantic ecosystem. The position will be based at UNH, and the student will be supervised by Dr. Nathan Furey with additional supervision from Dr. Kathy Mills at GMRI.
The study is focused on the distribution and diets of fishes in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, one of the most rapidly warming marine systems on the planet. This project combines spatial statistics, multivariate analyses, and food web models to understand how warming waters impact individuals, species interactions, and community stability, as well as identify taxon-specific behaviors that could confer resilience. This project is conducting retrospective analyses to quantify both decadal-scale shifts in fish distributions and diet, and species-level flexibility in diet and movements.
The position is fully funded under research assistantships for three years, including summer, after which the student would be supported on teaching assistantships or other research assistantships as they become available. Minimum annual salary will be $28,000.
The ideal candidate should have completed a MS degree prior to starting the position. The student should have experience in quantitative analyses (particularly spatial data and/or diet data), proficiency in R or other programming languages, and experience developing peer-reviewed publications.
The student will be expected to work well individually as well as part of a team. In addition, we expect the student to be active in publishing and communicating their science, including participating in educational and broader impact activities at UNH, GMRI, and the Seacoast Science Center.
Please send Nathan (Nathan.Furey@unh.edu) and Kathy (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email containing a letter of interest (describing why specifically you are interested in the project, how your qualifications could contribute, and your current professional goals), current CV, contact information for three references, and unofficial transcripts from degrees completed. The start date is flexible, but a start date of January or May 2021 is ideal.