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5 Post-doc positions in the AmazonFACE project

Forwarding on behalf of  my colleague, Dr. David Lapola:

Dear colleague,

The Amazon-FACE project (Assessing the effects of increasing atmospheric
CO2 on the ecology and resilience of the Amazon forest) is hiring 5
post-doc fellows to work in different project components, the majority of
them in Manaus, Brazil (see the three consecutive job descriptions pasted
below).

Could you please publicize it to potentially interested groups or
candidates?

Thanks in advance.

Grande abraço,

David

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*Two post-doctoral researchers in Amazonian forest ecosystem ecology*

Full-time, three year position (Nov.2014 – Oct.2017)

Net salary US$1,950 per month (US$ 23,395 per year) for scientists with PhD
degree obtained after 2004; and US$ 2,668 per month (US$ 32,014 per year)
for scientists with PhD degree obtained before 2004 (no taxes applicable to
salaries).

The Amazonas State Research Foundation (FAPEAM) and Brazil’s National
Institute for

Amazonia Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil wish to recruit two
post-doctoral researchers in

above-ground forest ecosystem science to participate in the AmazonFACE
project. The

extent to which increasing atmospheric concentrations will increase the
productivity of

Amazon forest and reduce its vulnerability to the potential negative
impacts of climate

change, is one of the greatest unanswered questions in ecosystem and global
change

science. The aim of this project is to determine how free air CO2
enrichment (FACE) affects

Amazon forest function. It will be the first FACE experiment ever carried
out in mature tropical

forest. The appointee will join a team of five post-docs that will initiate
and deliver the

experiment and its findings.

The posts will include extended periods of work at the ZF2 fieldsite, ~70km
north of Manaus

and will involve monitoring the responses of key above-ground processes to
the FACE

treatment. The successful applicants will help with the establishment of
the experimental

plots, monitor tree rates, litterfall, tree physiology, leaf and woody
tissue physiology,

canopy/leaf biophysical properties and phenology. The work will be carried
out in close

association with the other post docs working on belowground and modelling
processes, also

employed on this project. A key aim will be to use both individual
measurement and

integrated datasets to address hypotheses that may be organ- or
tree-specific, or integrated

among species, and/or at ecosystem scale.

The applicants shall have considerable expertise in terrestrial ecology,
especially the

interactions of carbon, water and nutrient cycles, ideally with past
experience of working in

tropical forests. They shall be able to work effectively both in remote
field locations and in the

laboratory, and need to be comfortable working both independently and as
part of a large

networked and international consortium. The researchers will join a team,
will need to work

closely with other researchers, and also be able to visit collaborating
laboratories as required,

within Brazil and internationally. Key attributes beyond expertise in the
specific scientific area

include the abilities to identify new scientific challenges, work fairly,
collaboratively and

sensitively within a team, be able to supervise a small field team as
required, to analyse data

and write scientific publications, and to both understand and develop
bridges between the

experimental data and their use in ecosystem models.

The positions will also involve presenting information on research progress
and outcomes,

and communicating the science orally, in writing and electronically to the
Amazon-FACE team

and to external audiences, at meetings, workshops or conferences. The
ability to

communicate clearly in Portuguese and English, or a demonstrated ability
and willingness to

learn either language, is essential. The applicants should also be able to
lead and co-author

high-quality scientific publications within relatively short time periods.

The posts offer substantial potential as part of this project but also
through links with the lead

scientists with related on-going projects in Amazonia. Successful
applicants will join a world

class group of scientists at INPA, and other Brazilian and international
scientific institutions.

The work will be carried out under the supervision of Jean Ometto (INPE,
Brazil) and Tomas

Domingues (USP, Brazil), but closed linked to the Amazon-FACE Scientific
Steering

Committee, which includes Patrick Meir (University of Edinburgh, UK), David
Lapola (UNESP,

Brazil), Rich Norby (ORNL, USA), Carlos (Beto) Quesada (INPA, Brazil) Iain
Hartley

(University of Exeter, UK), and other international leading scientists in
the field.

Applicants should apply by sending an email to contato.labterra@gmail.com
before October

3rd, 23:59 CET, with subject line reading: “Post-doc application:
AmazonFACE-
aboveground”. This email should contain: a 1-page letter of interest
(indicating research

interests related to the position), and a biographical sketch (maximum of 3
pages,

including education and professional career, list of 10 main scientific
publications, and

indication of the quantity of scientific papers, participation in research
projects, conference

presentations and students supervised if applicable). Selected applicants
will be invited for an

interview with project coordinators.

For further information please contact contato.labterra@gmail.com.

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*Two post-doctoral researchers in belowground Amazonian forest research*

Full-time, three year position (Nov.2014 – Oct.2017)

Net Salary US$1,950 per month (US$ 23,395 per year) for scientists with PhD
degree obtained after 2004; and US$ 2,668 per month (US$ 32,014 per year)
for scientists with PhD degree obtained before 2004 (no taxes applicable to
salaries).

The Amazonas State Research Foundation (FAPEAM) and Brazil’s National
Institute for

Amazonia Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil wish to recruit two
post-doctoral researchers in

belowground forest science to participate in the AmazonFACE project. The
extent to which

increasing atmospheric concentrations will increase the productivity of
Amazon forest and

reduce its vulnerability to the potential negative impacts of climate
change, is one of the

greatest unanswered questions in ecosystem and global change science. The
aim of this

project is to determine how free air CO2 enrichment (FACE) affects Amazon
forest function. It

will be the first FACE experiment ever carried out in mature tropical
forest. The appointee will

join a team of five post-docs that will initiate and deliver the experiment
and its findings.

The post will include extended periods of work at the ZF2 fieldsite, ~70km
north of Manaus

Manaus, and will involve monitoring the responses of key below-ground
processes to the

FACE treatment. The successful applicant will help with the establishment
of the experimental

plots, monitor root growth rates, soil water dynamics, aqueous nutrient
fluxes, soil respiration,

and litter decomposition and nutrient mineralisation rates, as well as
collecting and analysing

litter, root and soil samples for carbon and nutrient concentrations. The
work will be carried

out in close association with the other post docs working on aboveground
and modelling

processes, also employed on this project.

The applicants shall have considerable expertise in terrestrial ecology,
especially the

interactions of carbon, water and nutrient cycles, ideally with past
experience of working in

tropical forests. They shall be able to work effectively both in remote
field locations and in the

laboratory, and need to be comfortable working both independently and as
part of a large

networked and international consortium. The applicant will join a team, and
will need to work

closely with other researchers, and also be able to visit collaborating
laboratories as required,

within Brazil and internationally. Key attributes beyond expertise in the
specific scientific area

include the abilities to identify new scientific challenges, work fairly,
collaboratively and

sensitively within a team, to be able to supervise a small field team as
required, to analyse

data and write scientific publications, and to both understand and develop
bridges between

the experimental data and their use in ecosystem models.

The position will also involve presenting information on research progress
and outcomes, and

communicating the science orally, in writing and electronically to the
Amazon-FACE team and

to external audiences, at meetings, workshops or conferences. The ability
to communicate

clearly in Portuguese and English, or a demonstrated ability and
willingness to learn either

language, is essential. The applicants should also be able to lead and
co-author high-quality

scientific publications within relatively short time periods.

The posts offer substantial potential as part of this project but also
through links with the lead

scientists with related on-going projects in Amazonia. Successful
applicants will join a world

class group of scientists at INPA and other Brazilian and international
scientific institutions, r

The work will be carried out under the supervision of Carlos (Beto) Quesada
(INPA, Brazil),

but closed linked to the Amazon-FACE Scientific Steering Committee, which
includes Iain

Hartley (University of Exeter, UK), David Lapola (UNESP, Brazil), Rich
Norby (ORNL, USA),

Jean Ometto (INPE, Brazil), Tomas Domingues (USP, Brazil), Patrick Meir
(University of

Edinburgh) and other international leading scientists in the field.

Applicants should apply by sending an email to contato.labterra@gmail.com
before October

3rd, 23:59 CET, with subject line reading: “Post-doc application:
AmazonFACE-

belowground”. This email should contain: a 1-page letter of interest
(indicating research

interests related to the position), and a biographical sketch (maximum of 3
pages,

including education and professional career, list of 10 main scientific
publications, and

indication of the quantity of scientific papers, participation in research
projects, conference

presentations and students supervised if applicable). Selected applicants
will be invited for an

interview with project coordinators.

For further information please contact: contato.labterra@gmail.com.

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*Post-doctoral researcher in tropical forest ecosystem modeling*

Full-time, three year position (Nov.2014 – Oct.2017)

Net salary US$1,950 per month (US$ 23,395 per year) for scientists with PhD
degree obtained after 2004; and US$ 2,668 per month (US$ 32,014 per year)
for scientists with PhD degree obtained before 2004 (no taxes applicable to
salaries).

The Amazonas State Research Foundation (FAPEAM) and Brazil’s National
Institute for

Amazonia Research (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil wish to recruit one
post-doctoral researcher in

forest ecosystem modeling science to participate in the AmazonFACE project.
The extent to

which rising atmospheric concentrations will increase the productivity of
Amazon forest and

reduce its vulnerability to the potential negative impacts of climate
change, is one of the

greatest unanswered questions in ecosystem and global change science. The
aim of this

project is to determine how free air CO2 enrichment (FACE) affects Amazon
forest ecosystem

functioning. It will be the first FACE experiment ever carried out in
mature tropical forest. The

appointee will join a team of five post docs set up to initiate and deliver
the experiment and its

findings.

The post will include the application and development of a few
state-of-the-art dynamic global

vegetation models (DGVMs) as a way to provide baseline hypothesis (related
to CO2

fertilization effect in tropical forests) to be verified in the field
experiment and also to improve

current DGVMs with the results generated from the experimental plots. As
such the post will

also include occasional periods of work at the ZF2 fieldsite, ~70km north
of Manaus. The

successful applicants therefore will help in promoting an effective link
between the science

generated by experimentalists and modelers in the AmazonFACE project,
upscaling the

results of the field experiment to the entire Amazon basin and other
tropical forests with

DGVMs.

Applicants shall have considerable expertise in ecological modelling,
terrestrial ecology,

especially the interactions of carbon, water and nutrient cycles, ideally
with past experience of

ecosystem model development and computational programming language. The
person will be

able to work effectively in a computational laboratory at UNESP campus in
Rio Claro, state of

São Paulo, with occasional visits to the experimental site in Manaus and
other modelling

groups in Brazil and abroad, and, as such, needs to be comfortable working
both

independently and as part of a large networked and international consortium.

The researcher will join a team, will need to work closely with other
researchers, and also be

able to visit collaborating laboratories as required, within Brazil and
internationally. Key

attributes beyond expertise in the specific scientific area include the
abilities to see new

scientific opportunities, work fairly, collaboratively and sensitively
within a team, to be able to

supervise a small field team as required, to analyse data and write
scientific publications, and

to both understand and develop bridges between the experimental data and
their use in

ecosystem models.

The position will also involve presenting information on research progress
and outcomes, and

communicating the science orally, in writing and electronically to the
Amazon-FACE team and

to external audiences, at meetings, workshops or conferences. The ability
to communicate

clearly in Portuguese and English, or a demonstrated ability and
willingness to learn either

language, is essential. The applicants should also be able to lead and
co-author high-quality

scientific publications within relatively short time periods.

The posts offer substantial potential as part of this project but also
through links with the lead

scientists with related on-going projects in Amazonia. Successful applicant
will join a world

class group of scientists at INPA and other Brazilian and international
scientific institutions.

The work will be carried out under the supervision of David Lapola (UNESP,
Brazil) but also

working closely with internationally recognised researchers, including Anja
Rammig and

Kirsten Thonicke (PIK-Potsdam, Germany), Prof Bart Kruijt (Univ.
Wageningen, Netherlands),

and other members from the Scientific Steering Committee such as Patrick
Meir (University of

Edinburgh, UK), Tomas Domingues (USP, Brazil), Rich Norby (ORNL, USA),
Carlos (Beto)

Quesada (INPA, Brazil), Iain Hartley (University of Exeter, UK) and Jean
Ometto (INPE,

Brazil).

Applicants should apply by sending an email to contato.labterra@gmail.com
before October

3rd, 23:59 CET, with subject line reading: “Post-doc application:
AmazonFACE-modeling”.

This email should contain: a 1-page letter of interest (indicating research
interests related to

the position), and a biographical sketch (maximum of 3 pages, including
education and

professional career, list of 10 main scientific publications, and
indication of the quantity of

scientific papers, participation in research projects, conference
presentations and students

supervised if applicable). Selected applicants will be invited for an
interview with project

coordinators.

For further information please contact contato.labterra@gmail.com.


*Thiago Sanna Freire Silva*
Assistant Professor

Department of Geography
São Paulo State University (UNESP)
Rio Claro, SP – Brazil
http://thiagosilva.wordpress.com/
Google Scholar Citations
<http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=hpPTEmcAAAAJ>
Currículo Lattes
<http://buscatextual.cnpq.br/buscatextual/visualizacv.do?id=P315543>

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Student research opportunity in Hawaii and Mexico with the Barton lab

From: Kasey Barton <kbarton@hawaii.edu>
Date: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Subject: Student research opportunity in Hawaii and Mexico with the Barton lab
To: Kasey Barton <kbarton@hawaii.edu>, Botany Faculty <uhmbotfac-l@lists.hawaii.edu>, Botany Undergrad Students <uhmbotunder-l@lists.hawaii.edu>, Department of Botany Graduate Program <botgrad@hawaii.edu>

I am looking for a few enthusiastic and hard-working students (undergraduate and graduate) to participate in a year-long research project investigating the functional ecology of prickly poppies (genus Argemone). This is a great opportunity for students who want to gain experience in ecological research, who are thinking about or already pursuing graduate school in ecology and evolution, and who love to work with plants.
We will be examining how functional traits (such as prickles, latex, photosynthesis, phenology, and leaf anatomy) vary between the endemic Hawaiian prickly poppy (pua kala) and the related Mexican prickly poppies, how traits vary during plant development, among populations, and as phenotypic plasticity.

Students will need to commit to the entire year-long project, including 2 credits of BOT 399/499/699 during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters. We will be taking 2 research trips to Mexico, the first for a week in early January, and the second for 3 weeks in Summer 2015.

Come to our first organizational meeting on Friday, August 29 at 1pm in St John 400 to learn more (and see attached flier). If you cannot make this meeting or want to find out more before then, please email me at kbarton@hawaii.edu

Aloha,
Kasey Barton

Kasey E. Barton
Assistant Professor

Department of Botany

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

3190 Maile Way, Room 101

Honolulu, HI 96822

Website http://seedlingscience.org


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New Marine Mammal Stranding Internships on Spain (October-November 2014)

Marine Mammal Stranding Internships on Galicia, Spain

Due to a last minute change of dates of the Research Programs for 2014, the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) is currently accepting applications for the New Marine Mammal Stranding Internships. All interns will receive cross-training in different areas (Response, Rescue, Necropsy and data collection).

Background
BDRI is a marine science centre with headquarters in O Grove, Pontevedra, Spain. The BDRI supports the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Networking in Galician waters (C.E.M.MA – Xunta de Galicia) a nationally authorized response program of the Galician Goverment dedicated to marine mammal stranding
response along the North-western waters of the Iberian Peninsula (Atlantic Ocean, Spain). Our mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitat by improving the rescue of stranded marine mammals, advancing data collection, and increasing public awareness through education. Galicia is a marine mammal stranding hot spot, with over 300 strandings per year and a peak during winter months, including live and dead seals, large whales, porpoises and dolphins.

Internship Duties: Interns should be prepared to perform in a variety of settings on any given day including beach, on water, and laboratory.
– Assist staff with all aspects of marine mammal stranding response including; live animal health assessment, biological data collection, and sampling from dead stranded marine mammals.
– Assist in maintaining preparedness for strandings including: cleaning, organizing, and maintaining stranding response gear and equipment
– Assist in organizing, cataloging, and archiving stranded marine mammal documentation including photos and video
– Assist the necropsy coordinator in performing post-mortem examinations in both field and/or laboratory settings
– Assist in photo archiving and data entry and photo-identification analysis
– Assist in the archiving, shipping and tracking of biological samples
– Assist in the preparation of necropsy reports

Requirements
– Candidates must be at least 18 years old
– Must be of good physical fitness
– Able to follow directions and protocols effectively
– Undergraduate study of biology, veterinary, zoology, ecology, marine/environmental/animal science preferred
– The ideal candidate will possess good communication skills, can work independently, and should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Learning outcomes
While hands-on experience is opportunistic and the number and type of responses will be variable, most interns have the opportunity to:
– Develop skills in identifying species commonly stranded on Galicia (N-East Atlantic)
– Acquire basic stranded cetacean and pinniped assessment
– Increase knowledge of biology and anatomy of species commonly stranded on Galicia (N-East Atlantic)
– Gain knowledge of the stranding network structure and operation
– Acquire basic data collection and necropsy skills
– Participate in active research projects as appropriate

Additional Information
This internship is unpaid. The tuition fee of 210 Euros per week includes the accommodation in an apartment, tuition and a part of other expenses derived of your participation (use of equipment, transport to strandings, etc). Transportation to O Grove (Spain) is the responsibility of the intern. Internship start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum 4 weeks continuous commitment sometime between October 1st through November 30th. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10 minute presentation at the end of their internship.If the intern intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.

Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. To apply please submit:

– Completed internship application with tentative start/end dates
www.thebdri.com/resources/downloads/applicationinternships.doc<http://www.thebdri.com/resources/downloads/applicationinternships.doc>)
– Letter of recommendation from an employer or college professor
– Resume

All internship application materials and/or questions should be submitted to:
education@thebdri.com<mailto:education@thebdri.com> (please include Strandings Internship Application in the subject line)

For more information about BDRI’s research and conservation work, please visit www.thebdri.com<http://www.thebdri.com>

Bruno Diaz Lopez
Chief Biologist & Director
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Av. Beiramar 192, 36980 O Grove, Pontevedra, Spain
www.thebdri.com
tel. 0034 605 521441


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USFS Professional Development Assistantship for Native American Students

Date:    Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:05:52 -0600
From:    Michel Kohl <michel.kohl@AGGIEMAIL.USU.EDU>
Subject: USFS Professional Development Assistantship for Native American Students

*U. S. Forest Service Native American Professional Development Research
Assistantship*

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), through partnership with The Wildlife
Society, is sponsoring a professional development program for Native
American students. The program will facilitate mentoring opportunities for
USFS Research & Development (R&D) scientists with the students and promote
student advancement and training for careers in natural resource and
conservation-related fields. The USFS uses a science-based approach to make
informed decisions on the multiple-use management of the National Forests
and Grasslands.

A short-term assistantship is available for Native American students
interested in wildlife and forest resources and excited to learn and work
with an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Applicants must be members
of a Native American, First Nations, or Indigenous Tribe. Applicants should
be either currently enrolled as an upper-level undergraduate
(junior/senior) or graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) student at an accredited
academic institution, be taking classes in non-degree status, or a recent
graduate with intent to pursue graduate school. A bachelor=E2=80=99s or mas=
ter=E2=80=99s
degree in wildlife biology, ecology, forestry or other closely related
natural resource discipline is preferred.

Potential project topics include:

*1.      **Restoring California black oak to support tribal values and
wildlife habitat in the Sierra Nevada*

*Project Objectives*: To gather and systematically organize information
regarding traditional management of California black oak in mixed conifer
forests of the Sierra Nevada that can inform ecological restoration
treatments. Black oak acorns are a traditional food source for California
Native people and provide habitat to a variety of wildlife species. The
project would develop an ethnoecological database, maps of historical oak
areas managed by tribes, and a scientific manuscript for publication.

*2.      **Tracking post-emergence movements of Myotis spp. to uncover
habitat preferences and potential migratory routes*

*Project Objectives*: To better understand seasonal habitat use of
*Myotis* spp.
on the Ottawa National Forest (NF), student will: (1) record and analyze
acoustic activity of *Myotis* spp. from spring emergence to mid-summer at
and surrounding multiple hibernacula; (2) analyze acoustic data to
determine differences in activity level among timber stand types; (3)
identify areas for summer mist netting; and (4) use radio telemetry to
locate summer maternity roosts of northern long-eared bats.

*3.      **Examining long-term changes in stream habitats on Dzil Ligai
Sian (Mt. Baldy)*

*Project Objectives*: To evaluate changes in aquatic habitat over a twelve
year period in streams on Dzil Ligai Sian (Mt. Baldy), the ecologically and
culturally preeminent peak of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. These
streams are the ancestral habitat of the Apache trout, a threatened species
and important resource for the Tribe, as well as many other animals
(including amphibians such as leopard frogs) and plants of cultural
significance and rarity. Working with Tribal staff, we will collect
physical habitat data at a series of streams that were previously surveyed
in 2003 to examine how they have changed and to relate their conditions to
wildlife populations. The mid-term objective is to build tribal capacity to
evaluate changes in these critical habitats owing to climate change,
wildfires, and other stressors. This information will help to understand
how stressors including fires and climate change are affecting different
streams and their riparian habitats, which can help to guide restoration
and conservation efforts by determining which streams are most degraded or
at-risk and which ones should be most resilient. The mid-term objective is
to build tribal capacity to evaluate changes in these critical habitats
owing to climate change, wildfires, and other stressors.

*4.      **Kings River Fisher Project – Ecology and Habitat Requirements*

*Project Objectives*: To fill gaps in our current understanding of
fisher (*Pekania
pennanti*) ecology and habitat requirements and address the uncertainty
surrounding the effects of timber harvest and fuel reduction on fishers and
their habitat. Specific objectives include: (1) document population
demographic parameters and identify potential limiting factors; (2) overlap
multiple research techniques to improve parameter estimates and identify
habitat requirements for foraging, resting or denning habitat; and (3)
document the responses of fishers to changes in forest structure and
composition, both natural and management-related to better understand the
long-term viability of fishers in a heterogeneous, managed landscape.

Projects are anticipated to begin March =E2=80=93 August 2015 and last
approximately 4 months in duration depending on the project. For more
information and instructions on how to apply, please visit
*http://www.wildlife.org/Native-American-Program-Assistantship
<http://www.wildlife.org/Native-American-Program-Assistantship>*. The
deadline for applications is *October 20, 2014*.

Katherine Edwards, Ph.D., Certified Wildlife Biologist =C2=AE

The Wildlife Society

Professional Development Coordinator

5410  Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200

Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 897-9770 ext. 303


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Two PhD positions available at the University of Waikato

Fully-funded Ph.D. positions available at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

 

The Coastal Marine Group at the University of Waikato in Hamilton New Zealand is seeking students for two 3-year, fully-funded, PhD projects examining the key drivers of environmental change in Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand.  We are looking for students to start by the end of 2014/early 2015.

 

Project 1: The project will investigate dissolved nitrogen fluxes within Tauranga Harbour.  The project seeks to determine the relative magnitude of sources of DIN within the Harbour, the exchange of nutrients between harbour sub-regions, the groundwater and finally exchange to the surrounding shelf. These questions will be explored using a numerical hydrodynamic-water quality model and observational data acquired during field experiments.  The project will be supervised by Karin Bryan, and Isaac Santos (Southern Cross University, Australia), Christian Winter (University of Bremen, Germany) Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato). This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or research Masters degree with demonstrated numerical skills and an understanding of coastal physical and biogeochemical processes.

 

Project 2: The objective of this project is to examine hydrodynamic controls on sedimentation within Tauranga Harbour. The student will use a combined numerical modelling and observational approach to elucidate the processes of sediment deposition, timescales for remobilisation and dispersal across different benthic environments.  The project will be supervised by Julia Mullarney, Karin Bryan, and Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato) and Tobias Moerz and Christian Winter (University of Bremen, Germany).  This project requires a student with a research BSc (Hons) or research Masters degree in physics, mathematics, oceanography, engineering or a closely-related field (demonstrated numerate skills).  Experience in running coastal hydrodynamic and sediment transport models is preferred.

 

Applicants for either project should also have demonstrated English language proficiency (if English is not your first language, TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted with your application if available).  Please indicate which project you are interested in. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

Although based in New Zealand, successful applicants will be part of the international graduate school ‘INTERCOAST’ between the Universities of Waikato and Bremen, Germany. For more information on the programme see:

http://www.marum.de/en/INTEGRATED_COASTAL_ZONE_AND_SHELF_SEA_RESEARCH.html

 

The projects are funded by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and relate to their requirement to develop harbour management strategies; therefore the project would suit someone who was interested in applying their knowledge to a practical problem.  Nevertheless, the group is committed to training students that achieve high-level research outcomes through international publication of their findings.  The student would join a vibrant group of ~15 PhD students and 6 staff, working and living near some of world’s most beautiful landscapes.

 

Contact:

k.bryan@waikato.ac.nz, juliam@waikato.ac.nz,

http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/about-us/people/kbryan

http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/about-us/people/juliam

http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/research/centres-and-units/cmg


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HBEP Educational Lecture Series – Sunday 31 August 2014

Aloha HBEP Educational Lecture Series Patrons,

 

Here is some information about this week’s Sundays at the Bay, an outreach educational series presented by the Hanauma Bay Education Program, University of Hawai`i Sea Grant College Program.

 

SUNDAY August 31 2014

 

“Building Island Resilience Against Climate Change through a Community-Led Watershed, Coral Reef, and Fisheries Revival Effort in Guam” by Austin Shelton, Ph.D. Student, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Coral reefs provide immense ecological, economic, and cultural benefits for many tropical islands and their societies. In order to build resilience against global environmental stressors such as climate change and sea level rise, island communities must address local environmental stressors impacting these ecosystems.  A community-based effort called the Humåtak Project works to build resilience against environmental stressors by restoring watersheds, coral reefs, and near-shore fisheries in Guam.  The project addresses accelerated erosion, a major local environmental stressor caused by poor land-use practices that is also experienced by Hawai‘i and other Pacific Islands.  Erosion is associated with the loss of native forests and the resulting sedimentation on coral reefs, which smothers and kills corals and destroys essential fish habitat. Community groups contribute hundreds of volunteer hours each year to restore the degraded environment.  Tree seedlings are planted to reforest bare-soil areas, and sediment filter socks are installed along eroding hillsides. The Humåtak Project also builds awareness of environmental issues among community members through educational outreach events and social media.  Findings of this research will be used to promote effective watershed restoration practices throughout the Pacific, as well as improved mitigation strategies intended to offset adverse impacts to aquatic resources.

The presentation will be in the education alcove in the Hanauma Bay Education Center at 3:00 p.m. (public parking is $1.00/vehicle). Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches.  Those who are attending the lecture presentation ONLY and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window.  Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m.  Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red “Hawaii Sea Grant” hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself.  Lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m.

 

*Please NOTE: Anyone who wishes to go to the beach BEFORE the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident).

 

We hope to see you all there! These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

 

For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, navigate to the “Calendar of Events” located at www.hanaumabayeducation.org, like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HanaumaBayEducation?ref=hl), or follow us on Twitter (@HanaumaOutreach).

 

Mahalo for your kind consideration and interest in the Hanauma Bay Education Program.

 

Sincerely,

 

UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program


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PhD Research Scientist Job Posting in Little Cayman

PhD Research Scientist Job Posting in Little Cayman
CCMI seeks to hire a Research Scientist whose primary role will be the Project Lead for an eco-system based management (EBM) project at the Little Cayman Research Centre.  The incumbent will be responsible for the development of a ranking tool for EBM of vulnerable coral species based on   historical and current biological (coral, fish, macroalgae), physical (ADCP, SeaFET, HOBO, CREWS), and chemical (water sampling) data into the model.  Results will be used to develop (i) a workshop to train resource managers and stakeholders and (ii) content for our outreach and education programs. 
Required Skills and Abilities (Minimum)
  • PhD degree in marine science or oceanography
  • Exceptional physical and chemical data modeling skills
  • Must be familiar with Sontec, SeaFET, and HOBO instrumentation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic  team player
For more details: Please go to www.reefresearch.org/jobs
CCMI is an equal opportunity employer