University of Florida (UF) is actively recruiting early-career scientists for a small research cohort: specifically, two Graduate Student Researchers (MS or PhD) and one Postdoctoral Research Associate with broad interests in marine ecology, ecosystem modeling, fisheries stock assessment, food web ecology, species distribution modeling, applied mathematical modeling, and fisheries management.
- Two MS/PhD Graduate Research Assistantships in climate and fisheries
The students should have broad interests in ecosystem modeling, marine ecology, fisheries stock assessment, food web ecology, species distribution modeling, and fisheries management. This current opportunity is open to prospective MS and PhD students as part of a small cohort (2 students, 1 post-doc) developing applied ecosystem models. The graduate student assistants will work on one or more projects that share an overarching goal to inform ecosystem-based fisheries management by developing climate-ready ecosystem models for the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast U.S. The student will receive training in marine ecosystem modeling, learn and develop methods to link existing ecosystem models to ocean climate forecasts, and conduct research to evaluate fisheries management strategies under alternative climate and management scenarios. The student will be advised by Dr. David Chagaris and collaborate with a diverse team of scientists from NOAA and UF. Funding is available for two student assistantships and is provided through two recent NOAA fisheries climate initiatives.
- Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Ecosystem Modeling
The postdoctoral associate will have the opportunity to work on one or more high-profile projects. These include assessing ecosystem impacts of red tides on the West Florida Shelf, developing spatially explicit models to support Atlantic menhaden management decisions, investigating declines in reef fish abundance in the U.S. South Atlantic region, and coupling marine ecosystem models with ocean climate models. The successful candidate will grow their professional network by working within a diverse, multidisciplinary group of collaborators consisting of marine ecosystem modelers, ecologists, stock assessment scientists, physical oceanographers, biogeochemical modelers, fisheries monitoring program leaders, federal and state fisheries managers, and commercial/recreational fishery stakeholders. The postdoctoral associate will also have the opportunity to help recruit and mentor graduate students. Funding is available for 5 years.
The researchers would work in Professor David Chagaris’s lab at the University of Florida. UF develops advanced population and ecosystem models to address real-world challenges in fisheries and natural resource management. Their work is highly quantitative and applied and seeks to understand how fisheries resources and marine ecosystems respond to fishing and environmental change. In doing so, UF aims to bridge the gap between ecosystem science, stock assessment, and management, while also advancing ecological theories and concepts.