Graduate / Postdoc


If you are a graduate student or postdoc at UC Davis, you are invited to join the CMSI student listserv to participate in the sharing of seminar announcements, marine-related funding sources, CMSI social events and updates, ride share and couch surfing opportunities.

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Postdoctoral Scholar-Data Science Initiative

This postdoc will work at the interface of Data Science and disciplinary problems, developing novel solutions, software and methods to address emerging challenges. The scholar will work both independently and with the research team at the DSI to make progress on a portfolio of interdisciplinary projects.

The DSI was founded to promote and support research and training in data-driven discovery across all colleges, schools and disciplines at UC Davis. The DSI coordinates data-science training activities, provides consulting and collaborative services for research projects, and conducts novel research in data science.

The position requires scholarly independence, the ability to manage scientific projects and integrate into a larger team and community. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who want to gain experience in a broad array of authentic data science projects, and who are keen to learn new technologies/methods and apply them in novel ways to solve real problems.

To find more information about DSI, click here.

To view the job positing for this position, click here.  

Postdoctoral Fellow in Rochman Lab - University of Toronto

The Rochman Lab at University of Toronto is looking to hire a recent PhD student with a background in Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Biology or a related field. Ideally, someone with a background in Ecology/Ecotoxicology and with an excellent record, experience running laboratory and field experiments testing hypotheses about the ecological impacts of anthropogenic stressors.

This position will remain open until March 12th, 2018. 

The position is described and detailed here

2018 Scholarships from Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture

Open to all UC Davis graduate students who are working on Fisheries Biology and/or Riparian or Limnetic Ecology research benefiting California's recreational fisheries. There are four available scholarships, each with it's own application. However, all four share the common deadline of March 30th, 2018. 

For more information, visit the CABA website here

Okeanos Explorer Program

The Cooperative Program for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), a community program to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is currently seeking Mapping trainees to participate in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Okeanos Explorer Program's Explorer-in-Training program for the 2018 field season. This program is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students as well as those who've recently graduated from a higher education program.  Please click here for further details. The application deadline is January 19, 2018.

Two Postdoc Positions - University of Konstanz, Germany

Two year Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Genomics on:  “Genomic basis of aggression”

A two year postdoctoral position working with Axel Meyer in the Evolutionary Biology Group at the University of Konstanz in Germany is available immediately. Funding will be provided through a grant of the Hector Fellow Academy (

This project focuses on the genomics of aggression.  We’ll be using a fish model (Siamese fighting fish) to combine empirical behavioral approaches (including behavioral tests, breeding and QTL analyses) and comparative genomic analyses to study the genetics and genomics of aggression. The research will use whole genome data and require knowledge in bioinformatics. The funding period is two years.

The deadline for applications is August 21, 2017.  See this document for further details.

Three year Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary Bioinformatics on:  “Species delimitations in East African Cichlid Fish adaptive radiations”

A three year postdoctoral position working with Axel Meyer in the Evolutionary Biology Group at the University of Konstanz in Germany is available immediately. Funding will be provided through a grant of the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) within the framework of the Priority Program SPP 1991 Taxon-OMICS.

The project focuses on empirical and conceptual issues regarding species delimitation and hybridization in East African Rift Lake cichlid fishes. The research will center around the use of whole genome level data to resolve species boundaries in rapidly diversifying cichlid lineages in Lakes Victoria, Malawi, and Tanganyika. The work will make use of previously sequenced high-quality genomes as well as de novo sequencing of cichlid genomes to generate marker sets and guidelines within modern analytical frameworks for genomically diagnosing species. The funding period would be for three years.

The deadline for applications is August 21, 2017.  See this document for further details.

Delta Stewardship Council - Delta Science Program: 2018 Delta Science Fellows Program

The goal of the Delta Science Fellows Program is to bring together junior scientists with Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors to work collaboratively to advance the state of knowledge of high priority science actions.

The Delta Science Program is again seeking applications from qualified pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to compete for fellowship opportunities.

California Sea Grant will administer and manage the fellowship program on behalf of the Delta Science Program. The fellowship will provide up to two (2) years of support as a grant/award that funds a stipend and research-related expenses.

Applications are due by September 25, 2017, 4:00p.m. Pacific Time.

For more information, and to apply, please click here.

Modeling PostDoc- IRSTEA in France

The proposed work aims to develop a spatialized simplified fish population model, in order to identify the part of each of these environmental variables on the global population dynamics of these three species that have contrasting life histories.

Possible visits to Chatou (Paris suburb) and Bordeaux

For more information in French, click here

For an English PDF of jop posting, click here

Research grants through UC Davis Natural Reserves

Multiple research awards of up to $3,000 will be granted to UC Davis graduate students for project work based at one or more of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System field stations: Bodega Marine Reserve, Jepson Prairie, McLaughlin Reserve, Quail Ridge Reserve, and Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.  Students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by March 10th, 2017. 

For more information visit the UC Davis Nautral Reserve System website here

Gedan Lab- George Washington University

The Gedan Lab at The George Washington University is recruiting postdoctoral scientist in tidal wetland ecology to begin in Summer 2017.  The lab focuses on how marsh plant communities respond to sea level rise, and how human-dominated land uplands interact with coastal ecosystems. Research includes field work in the Chesapeake Bay along the eastern shore at existing sites and may extend to other localities and regions.

For more informaion about this fellowship visit the GWU website here

2017 Marine Technician internship- Marine Advanced Technology Education Center

Unlike the short-term MATE MT internships that are designed to expose students to the field of Marine Technology, this longer internship is designed for soon to graduate or recently graduated students who are very interested in pursuing a career as a Marine Technician.  The intensive 6-month program combines at-sea and shoreside components to help the intern gain more experience with shipboard science support instrumentation and equipment while helping him/her develop key skill sets necessary for technical work. 

Find more detais here

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. Celebrating its thirteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants.

For more information click here.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship- California Sea Grant

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

View more on California Sea Grant's website here.

Coastal Management Fellowship- California Sea Grant

Coastal Management Fellows work for two years with state coastal zone programs on projects proposed by the states and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, six (6) fellows will receive on-the-job training in coastal management and policy and, in return, the coastal resources program will get technical assistance from students well-versed in the latest advances in coastal resource science and policy.

View full announcment here

Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics- California Sea Grant

Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics meets NOAA's Healthy Oceans goal of "Marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems."

Click here to read full annoucement. 

Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics- California Sea Grant

The Fellowship Program expects to award at least three new PhD Fellowships in 2017 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Read more about this oppurtunity here. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships -The University of British Columbia

Training Our Future Ocean Leaders (Ocean Leaders) is accepting applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The new program is led by nine core faculty with interests in climate change, coupled human and natural systems, ocean acidification, marine conservation, marine ecology, fisheries science, and marine spatial planning. The goal of the program is to train interdisciplinary marine scientists to produce tractable policy and management innovations that have a high probability of improving the health of oceans. The postdoctoral fellowship is open to candidates with a strong research background across the natural and social sciences and a keen interest in bridging the gap between research and policy and management on core matters of ocean health.

For information about expectations click here. 

Ruttenberg Lab-Master's Student Opportunity- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA

The Ruttenberg Lab at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has funding for a master's student to work on a project examining the impacts of parrotfish corallivory in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. 

The primary goals of the project are to understand the impacts of parrotfish corallivory relative to the potential positive indirect impacts of herbivory in St. Croix, including some observational and experimental field work and analyses of video data.

For more information about the Ruttenberg Lab, click here

For specific listing and qualifications, click here.  

Ocean Science and Engineering- Ph.D Program at Georgia Tech

The Ph.D. program in Ocean Science and Engineering (OSE) seeks a wide range of applicants. A typical OSE student will focus their Ph.D. research on advancing scientific knowledge through basic science, or on solving emerging ocean and coastal threats (e.g. sea level, ocean toxins, coastal hazards) with applied solutions and engineering, or chose to combine both the basic and applied sciences.

There are two application cycles for the Fall 2017 admission. Graduate application deadline December 8, 2016, starting date Fall 2017. The second graduate application deadline is February 15, 2017, also starting Fall 2017. 

For more information, visit their website here.

Graduate Field Courses Through Earth Expeditions and the Global Field Program

Earth Expeditions graduate courses and the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree bring together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation sites worldwide. Sites for 2015 included the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Hawai'i, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia, and Thailand. 

Students in these courses apply field methods in reef, island, sea grass, mangrove, and other marine ecosystems, while becoming part of a global alliance of professionals who work together to engage communities in science and conservation.

Links to webstes can be found below:

Earth Expeditions:

Global Field Program: 

UCGHI 2017-18 GloCal Health Fellowship

The University of California Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship is a 12-month mentored research fellowship that provides trainees with outstanding, interdisciplinary education and training in innovative global health research designed to improve health for populations around the world.

The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

For further fellowship details, read the flier here.

Two Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Smithsonian MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) invites proposals for the MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Proposals should advance the goals of the Marine Global Earth Observatory. MarineGEO is a growing, long-term, worldwide research program focused on understanding geographic and temporal patterns and processes in coastal marine biodiversity and ecosystems using comparative approaches. By specializing in coastal systems, MarineGEO studies can reveal the role marine biodiversity plays in maintaining resilient ecosystems in the portion of the ocean where people and marine biodiversity are concentrated and interact most. See the full ad here.

Smithsonian Global Genome Iinitiative Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowships are two-year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) at the National Museum of Natural History and include a 60% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 40% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History.

GGI Buck Fellowships are oriented toward contributing research on a topic relating to GGI’s overarching goal, “Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity.” The program aims to leverage question-driven, peer-reviewed research on biodiversity, evolution and ecology in order to accelerate the acquisition, genetic identification, and genomic research on strategically chosen samples of the major lineages of Life.  For more information on GGI activities and goals visit the GGI website at
All application materials for both fellowships must be submitted by December 15, 2016. 

2017 Switzer Environmental Fellowships- Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation

Switzer Fellowships are given to top graduate students in New England and California who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, and who are committed to a career in environmental improvement.

The Switzer Fellowship provides:

  • a one-year $15,000 cash award;

  • access to other Switzer grant programs and career support, and

  • membership in the Switzer Fellowship Network, an active and engaged community of nearly 600 environmental leaders in the U.S. and around the world.

This year, we are particularly interested in seeing more applications from minority students, and those whose work encompasses an environmental justice or equity component.  Additionally, we want to make sure we continue to receive as many applications as possible from appropriate masters-level programs.

For application details and deadline, click here.  

Prospective PhD Students - Postdoc: Marine Science Center/Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative

Prospective PhD Students and Postdoctoral Students:  Dr. Geoffrey C. Trussell is looking for 1-2 PhD students and a postdoc for his laboratory.  In addition to cutting your own research path, you will have the opportunity to participate on two NSF funded projects that focus on Gulf of Maine-wide community assembly and dynamics and the bioenergetics of predation risk and climate change on intertidal invertebrates. Particularly strong students would be supported by full Research Assistantships for at least the first 3 years of their studies. Dr. Trussell is interested in students that want to explore any domain of marine ecology that addresses important themes in community and evolutionary ecology. Interested students should feel free to email Dr. Trussell directly.

Contact information:

Dr. Geoffrey C. Trussell
Professor and Chair, Department of Marine and Environmental Science
Director, Marine Science Center/Urban Coastal Sustainability Initiative
430 Nahant Road
Nahant, MA 01908


The University of California, Davis (UCD) Coastal Marine Sciences Institute, in collaboration with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), seeks to fill three postdoc positions in the science of adaptive management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  The State of California has implemented a network of 124 MPAs along its coastline through the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA;  It is in the process of developing a Statewide MPA Monitoring Program to inform the adaptive management of this network of MPAs.  The three postdoctoral fellows will each focus on a separate component of the science of adaptive management in an integrated program supported by frequent collaborative meetings with both UCD and CDFW mentors.

1.)  The Statewide Monitoring Fellow will focus on development of novel sampling plans and predictive models to compare monitoring data to model projections to inform effective adaptive management of the MPAs.  This position will be hosted by CDFW in Belmont, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Becky Ota.

2.)  The ROV Data Integration Fellow will develop innovative approaches to analyzing spatially explicit visual data currently being collected by CDFW in statewide surveys of MPAs using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).  This position will be hosted by CDFW in Eureka, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Mike Prall. 

3.)  The Fishery/MPA Integration Fellow will focus on development of effective methods for the integration of MPAs into fisheries management under the Marine Life Management Act.  This position will be hosted by UC Davis in Davis, CA, and the CDFW mentor will be Sonke Mastrup who is based in Sacramento, CA. 

Work by the postdoctoral fellows at these three locations will be closely coordinated through frequent electronic and face-to-face meetings.  Each position is funded for 18 months, and they will all begin at the same, earliest possible time.  The participating UCD mentors are Marissa Baskett, Louis Botsford, Alan Hastings, John Largier, and Steven Morgan. Full position descriptions are available for each of the positions at  Together these postdocs provide a unique opportunity to work at the academia-agency interface and advance the science of adaptive management in the context of one of the world’s most extensive MPA networks.

We seek individuals with a PhD in Ecology, Fisheries, Marine Science or a related field and research expertise in at least one of: MPAs, fisheries science, population dynamics, spatial ecology or ecosystem management.  The research will be highly collaborative, so the individuals will need to have experience and interest in effectively working in interdisciplinary teams on cross-cutting issues.  Applicants should have programming skills in languages such as R, Matlab or Python.

ONLINE APPLICATION:  Interested candidates should submit: a) a one-page cover letter that includes which of the three positions you are applying for (you will need to indicate in the letter if you are applying for more than one position and indicate your preferred position), and your anticipated start date, b) your CV, c) a two-page statement of research describing your relevant background and anticipated approach to the problem you would be addressing (including proposed UCD mentors), and d) the names and contact information of three scientists (referees) familiar with your work. Once entered, applicants will electronically request letters from referees who will then be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letter of recommendation.  Applicants also have the option of submitting a Diversity Statement (see  Please submit all materials to For full consideration, application and all materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received by September 12, 2016.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2016, and positions will remain open until filled. Email any questions to Shauna Oh (  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

Link to application:

Postdoctoral Fellows in MPA Overall Position Description  (PDF of above details)

Fishery/MPA Integration Fellow Description

ROV Data Integration Fellow Description

Statewide Monitoring Fellow Description

Postdoc Position at Florida International University, Miami: Trophic Spatial Ecology

Exciting postdoc position in estuarine food webs/trophic spatial ecology! AND at a LTER site in Florida!...

Postdoc position at Florida International University, Miami: Trophic spatial ecology (FCE LTER) 

Desired start date: October-November 2016 

Duration: 2 years 

Salary: $45,000/year plus benefits 

Location: Florida Coastal Everglades LTER (FCE LTER) 
Southeast Environmental Research Center 
Florida International University, Miami, FL 

Position Description 
We seek a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join our team of consumer researchers at FCE LTER. The postdoc will develop a study to improve our understanding of spatially-explicit food webs in estuarine, mangrove reaches of the Everglades. The project will be collaborative involving multiple consumer research labs (Boswell, Crowl, Heithaus, Papastamatiou, Rehage, and Trexler), but based and under the supervision of the Crowl, Boswell and Rehage Labs. The goal for the position is to stimulate synergistic collaborations among our labs and fuel new ideas into our understanding of spatially explicit predator-prey dynamics. The primary role of the postdoc will be to design and lead and independent field research that tracks prey and consumer dynamics along the Shark River estuary (see for previous research by our group). The postdoc will be expected to develop a research program focusing on the development and application of advanced sampling platforms consisting of acoustic techniques (acoustic telemetry and acoustic imaging sonars) and autonomous vehicles to quantify the spatiotemporal dynamics of prey production (fishes and invertebrate prey) and link it to the movement and trophic ecology of key consumers in the ecosystem (e.g., snook, bullsharks, alligators). Opportunities for synthesis of previously-collected datasets, for collaborations in the participant labs on related research questions and with the LTER research group, and for mentoring younger scientists are available. 

Qualifications: Experience and background in the use and application of acoustic methods to examine predator-prey, behavioral, foraging, spatial and/or movement ecology in aquatic systems is needed, and on fishes is preferred. Excellent field, theoretical and statistical skills, and evidence of these in previous work and publications. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, ability to interface well with multiple collaborators, and preferably experience working on collaborative research projects and using acoustic tools. Applicants are expected to have earned a PhD in a relevant discipline prior to the start date. 

To apply: Please send a single PDF containing (1) a cover letter describing your fit for this position (along with past accomplishments & career goals), (2) a CV with a list of 3 references, and (3) representative publications to the FCE trophic group at Please use the subject matter: FCE trophic postdoc + your last name in your email. Review of applications will begin immediately, and position is open until filled. We thank you in advance for your application and please expect a contact only if selected for an interview. 

SERC is a research-intensive and productive academic unit with strong expertise in freshwater and marine ecology, biogeochemistry, and tropical/subtropical ecosystem dynamics. FIU is a public research university in Miami with a highly diverse, vibrant, and growing student body located near the edge of the Everglades. Our multiple campuses serve over 50,000 students, placing FIU among the ten largest universities in the nation. FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with the highest research activity and a community-engaged university. FIU leads the nation in granting bachelor’s degrees in the STEM fields to minority students, and is first in awarding STEM master’s degrees to Hispanics. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer.

Science Integration Fellowship - Caifornia Ocean Trust & Humboldt State University - Arcata, CA


California Ocean Science Trust ( and Humboldt State University (HSU) are pleased to announce an 18-month Science Integration Fellowship, to be filled by a creative, skilled, outgoing individual with a commitment to developing innovative approaches for science integration into ocean resource policy and management. This Fellowship is being offered as a partnership with HSU’s Marine and Coastal Science Institute, and represents an exciting opportunity to advance assessments of the nation’s first statewide marine protected area (MPA) network and foster new scientific approaches to integrate MPAs into ocean and coastal resource management in California.

With the statewide network of MPAs in place, California has invested significantly in establishing baseline ecological and socioeconomic conditions - benchmarks of ocean ecosystem condition against which future changes can be measured. Data from regional MPA baseline programs add up to create the most detailed picture yet created of California’s current ocean conditions, and can inform fisheries management, climate change adaptation, and other ocean policies. The Science Integration Fellow will engage a diverse portfolio of agency, academic and citizen-science programs that are collecting information on California’s marine ecosystems, with a focus on the North Coast region (from Point Arena to the California/Oregon border). S/he will identify and pursue opportunities for integrative analyses that link ecosystems and disciplines to deepen understanding of ocean ecosystem conditions; develop collaborative approaches to identify and answer management-relevant MPA, fisheries, and climate questions; and develop creative and innovative ways to communicate science.

We are looking for an interdisciplinary marine scientist with a strong foundation of ecological knowledge, and the skills and attributes to bring together teams of researchers to advance approaches for assessing marine ecosystem condition and synthesizing monitoring data into useful products that inform ocean resource management. The position is an 18-month, fixedterm appointment based at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA). Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance are included.


California Ocean Science Trust ( is a non-profit organization that provides scientific guidance to the state on ocean policy issues. We advance a constructive role for science in decision-making by promoting collaboration and mutual understanding among scientists, citizens, managers and policymakers working toward sustained, healthy and productive coastal and ocean ecosystems. By developing new tools and processes and synthesizing and translating scientific knowledge, we help decision-makers realize the full value of public investments in science, and help scientists increase their relevance and impact on society.

Ocean Science Trust leads the design and implementation of a scientific monitoring program for California’s MPA network. Following the implementation of the North Coast region MPA’s in 2012, the California Ocean Protection Council allocated $4-million to fund baseline monitoring inside and outside of MPAs in the North Coast region. The goal of baseline monitoring is to build a snapshot of ecological and socioeconomic conditions in the region at the time the MPAs were implemented, to establish a ‘benchmark’ from which we can measure changes in the future. Currently there are 11 projects as part of the baseline program that are collecting data across a range of important ecosystems, as well as collecting socioeconomic and oceanographic data in the region, to generate a comprehensive data set of conditions.

HSU’s Marine and Coastal Science Institute (MCSI) develops and promotes interdisciplinary marine and coastal research, education, and outreach at the university. The vision of MCSI is to develop a robust community of HSU students and faculty actively engaged in interdisciplinary research on marine and coastal systems. This research occurs at the interface of the sciences, policy, and economics, and supports vibrant partnerships with local, national, and international organizations. Since it’s establishment in 2013, the institute has grown to include 22 faculty from eight departments across HSU’s campus, as well as an external advisory board. The MCSI serves as a forum for coordinated development, funding, and execution of marine science research, education, and outreach efforts on campus, and serves as a contact point for community members (such as individuals, non-profits, schools, and tribes), and for state and national agencies involved in marine science and policy work.


Ocean Science Trust Fellowships represent a unique opportunity to launch a career in science integration. Fellows experience the inner workings of policy and management and build valuable facilitation, communication, and strategic thinking skills, while drawing on and advancing their formal academic training. They engage a diverse landscape of potential partners including local, state, federal, and tribal governments NGOs representing a wide variety of interests; and an interdisciplinary array of social and natural scientists.

Based at Humboldt State University, the North Coast Science Integration Fellow will join a multi-disciplinary team of researchers engaged in the North Coast MPA Baseline Program (Baseline Program), as well as relevant partners, to facilitate the development of projects connecting across multiple ecosystems and data types, to deepen our understanding of ecological and socioeconomic conditions in the North Coast region. Duties may include:

  • Analyzing and integrating data across multiple Baseline Program projects, and developing academic publications. Potential integration topics could include:exploring ecosystem connectivity, and integrating oceanographic data, socioeconomic, traditional ecological knowledge, and citizen science data across projects;
  • Developing and facilitating workshops with Baseline Program collaborators to explore potential science integration topics and future collaborations;
  • Developing communication and outreach materials to communicate results and findings from this integration work, with a wide variety of audiences;
  • Sharing results with the North Coast community through presentations at community gatherings, MPA Collaborative meetings, and other potential venues; and
  • Working to connect and support scientists, managers, and policy-makers to provide useful science for ocean management decisions.


Skills and attributes

  • Flexible thinker. Able to help build on existing tools and methods to develop and evaluate new ideas and approaches as needed to attain objectives.
  • Strategic, analytic, and synthetic abilities. Able to set clear objectives and timelines, establish and follow priorities, analyze and synthesize complex and disparate data, and distill critical information from diverse and detailed sources.
  • Ability to lead collaborative processes and technical working groups to generate timely products, and to work effectively with diverse public and private partners.
  • Familiarity with quantitative statistical analyses and physical and ecological models/modeling.
  • Outcome-driven with sound project management skills.
  • Strong communication skills. Able to translate scientific and technical concepts and ideas across disciplines and between technical experts and more general audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to professionally and effectively represent the collaborating organizations to all partners, funders, vendors, contractors, and other external constituents.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. Knowledge and experience
  • M.S. in marine ecology, natural resource management, or another relevant field required, Ph.D. preferred.
  • Understanding of ecosystem science and ecosystem-based approaches to resource conservation and management required. Familiarity with California’s marine and coastal ecosystems preferred.
  • Familiarity with approaches and techniques for monitoring ecosystem and resource conditions and implementing adaptive management required, ideally including in a temperate marine context.
  • Experience with sampling designs and statistical power analyses strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with resource management policy an asset.
  • Familiarity with social science, human dimensions research, and its application to ecosystem management and/or resource conservation strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders including fishermen, Native American tribes, and local businesses with marine interests strongly preferred.


The position will be based at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) with regular travel to Ocean Science Trust offices in Oakland and elsewhere in California. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license permitting driving within the U.S. and may be required to use their own vehicle for travel, reimbursable at the state rate.


The preferred start date is as soon as possible and review of applications is ongoing.


The position is an 18-month, fixed-term appointment. The position is funded by Ocean Science Trust with in-kind support from Humboldt State University. The competitive salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance are included.


Qualified applicants should apply via email to, using a subject line of ‘Science Integration Fellow – HSU’. Please send a current resume, and cover letter, including contact information for three references.

Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program Fellowships

The Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program is seeking proposals from both pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students for future fellowship opportunities. The program is interested in research that address one of the following:

  • Assessing the effects of extreme events (e.g., drought, flood, seismic events) on the Delta
  • Effectiveness and implications of habitat restoration actions
  • Life histories, habitat requirements, and food webs of Delta estuarine and migratory species in a changing landscape
  • Science supporting the enhancement and protection of the cultural, recreational, natural resources, and agricultural values of the Delta

The program will be managed by California Sea Grant. The application due date is September 23, 2016.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

CA Sea Grant State Fellowship

The California Sea Grant College Program is accepting applications for the 2017 California State Fellows Program. The State Fellows Program is a great opportunity for graduate students interested in marine resources and policy. 

Applications are due September 1, 2016. 

To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, click here.

PhD Postdoc and Positions - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 PhD and postdoctoral positions in metapopulation dynamics and population genomics

One postdoctoral position and one PhD position are available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to study demography and metapopulation dynamics in clownfishes. The research is based in the Philippines and builds from six years of demographic and population genomic data. Key themes across both positions include understanding mechanisms of persistence in ecological networks by integrating massively parallel DNA sequencing with ecological field studies. Both positions will also work closely with Will White at U. North Carolina - Wilmington on theoretical and modeling aspects of the research. Research in the Pinsky Lab broadly uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.

One (1) postdoc position is open:

1) Metapopulation dynamics postdoc: The postdoc will lead data analysis, integration, and modeling to test hypotheses about self-persistence and network-persistence in coral reef fishes. The research will be based primarily around existing data from mark-recapture studies, parentage studies, ecological surveys, and other sources, though opportunities also exist to collect new data. This position has two years of funding.

One (1) graduate assistant position is open, preferably for a Ph.D. degree:

1) Metapopulation dynamics graduate assistant: The GA will lead research on marine demography using field observations and experiments combined with population genomics. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, dispersal, density-dependence, reproduction, survival, thermal physiology, species interactions, and landscape ecology. Projects could involve a mix of field work, genomic wet lab work, bioinformatics, and ecological modeling. This position has five (5) years of guaranteed funding.

Across both positions, the ideal candidates will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, ecological modeling, and databases (or a strong aptitude for learning these skills, in the case of the GA). Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. For postdoctoral applications, a promising record of publication is highly valued. The successful applicants will be independent, motivated problem solvers who communicate well and enjoy working in a collaborative setting. Rutgers and the surrounding area provide an exciting intellectual environment, including the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences; the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Genome Cooperative; the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.

**Application process**

The postdoc start dates are flexible and the positions are open until filled. The GA will begin in summer or fall 2017. Review of postdoc applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue on a rolling basis. Review of GA applications will continue until December 2016, when applications to Rutgers graduate programs are due.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a one­page cover letter that describes which position(s) they are applying for (and preferred position if applying to more than one) and their preferred start date, 2) a two­page research statement describing their relevant background and anticipated research approach to the problem they would be addressing, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with their work.

GA applicants should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their interests, CV, a recent transcript, GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Qualified GA candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution ( or Oceanography (, depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications to Rutgers are due in December.

Please submit all materials with "Postdoc application 2016" or "Graduate application 2016" as the subject.

Note: other positions are available in climate change ecology (see

PhD Scolarships and Postdoc Fellowships - University of Auckland

The University of Auckland, New Zealand, has launched a new "Oceans of Change" initiative that includes 3 PhD scolarships and 2 postdoc fellowships. The positions primarily focus around study of the rock lobster and coastal biogeochemistry. For more information, read the official posting here.

Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - University of Wollongong


POSITION TYPE Full Time, Fixed Term 3 year Appointment, (Part time negotiable)
CLOSING 3 August 2016
REF NO. 25779

Join our modern, research intensive university – ranked among the top 2 percent of universities in the world –  in a location that combines the best of city living and a relaxed coastal lifestyle with a UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

We are seeking to connect outstanding early career researchers less than 5 years post PhD with our established, world-class, academics in areas of existing and emerging research strength.  You will have an excellent track record and national and international recognition; and propose a research project that is strategically aligned with your host Faculty and Unit.

As a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow you will be welcomed to our dynamic research environment, and supported to establish a program of research to launch your career. Through professional development and mentorship we will help you achieve your goals.

  • Relocation assistance
  • Project costs of up to $10,000 pa

Prospective applicants must discuss their application with their proposed mentor, and then the Head of the proposed host Unit at UOW, prior to submitting their application.

UOW values workforce diversity and is an ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ as well as being an inaugural member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot.


The application process for Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (All disciplines) involves the following steps:

  1. Click ‘Apply Now’ button
  2. Upload your project outline, CV and publications list as per the instructions in the Guidelines, sections 5.1 and 5.2 as a combined document.
  3. Click the “Submit Application” button and   answer the questions on the next screen to finalise your application. These questions include identifying your UOW Mentor.

Once you have completed these 3 steps your application will be complete.

Please note: You are not required to address a selection criteria as part of your application

For enquiries please email or phone Libby McMahon, Grants Manager on +61 2 4298 1244.



Position Details
Position Title Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowships All Disciplines
Salary Range $93,737 - $108,402
Position Level Academic - Level B
Department/Faculty Research and Innovation Division (RaID)
Contact Libby McMahon
Phone +61 2 4298 1244
Recruiter Silvana Duleski
Recruitment Contact +61 2 4239 2395

Postdoc position in community and ecosystem ecology at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Postdoc position in community and ecosystem ecology

Applications are invited for a Postdoc position in the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The postdoc will start as soon as October 1, 2016 and be funded for up to 3 years.

Project description

The postdoc position is part of a new collaborative project called WARM (Warming and Removal in Mountains) that will test hypotheses about the consequences of warming and the loss of dominant plant species on above- and below-ground linkages in montane plant communities around the world. Field work could be carried out in Norway, Switzerland, Greenland, China, Tasmania, Costa Rica, Argentina, the US, New Zealand, or elsewhere.  Briefly, the project is a full factorial design with warming (using OTC’s) crossed with dominant plant species removal at high- and low-elevation sites in >10 mountain regions around the world. A suite of community- and ecosystem-level responses are measured both above- and belowground. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop independent research projects related to the overall project, but will also collaborate closely with a technician, students, and faculty in Copenhagen, as well as colleagues around the world. The project is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Postdoctoral supervisors

Nathan Sanders and Aimee Classen

Qualifications and competences

Successful applicants will have completed a PhD in community ecology, ecosystem ecology, or a related discipline by ’September 2016. The best applicants will have a track record of publications on plant or microbial community ecology, experimental global change ecology, plant-soil linkages, or nutrient and carbon cycling. They will also have a passion for field work in remote mountainous locations and the desire to join a highly collaborative team based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Job description

The position is available for up to 3 years and your key tasks as a postdoc are to

• Facilitate the overall aims of the research projec

• Disseminate results from the project, including in scientific publications and conference presentations

• Carry out lab and field work

• Engage with the research community at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and The Natural History Museum

Place of employment

The postdoc will be employed by the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen ( and will work at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC). CMEC is international, and the day-to-day working language is English. At any given time, CMEC consists of ~50% international PhD, postdocs, and faculty. Copenhagen is an international city and is ranked as the one of the most livable cities in the world. There are numerous international schools to go along with the excellent public education system, state-supported healthcare, and generous holiday and pension packages. The Office of International Staff and Mobility facilitates recruitment of international staff.

Salary and conditions

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State (AC). The annual Postdoc salary is based on seniority and is currently between DKK 388,207 and DKK 408,730 plus pension contribution approximately between DKK 66,383 and DKK 69,893. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  

Information about working conditions and taxes is available at the University website for International Staff Mobility:


Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact Professor Nathan Sanders at or Associate Professor Aimee Classen at Dr. Classen will also be attending the Ecological Society of America meetings this year.

Application procedure

Applicants should write their application in English and submit it electronically at :

• Application letter (max 1 page)

• A statement of potential research ideas related to the description of the project (max 2 pages)

• A statement of your previous research experience (max 1 page)

• Curriculum vitae, including applicant’s e-mail address and telephone number

• University transcripts

• Complete publication list

• PDFs of relevant manuscripts

• The names and email addresses of at least three professional references

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2016.

Go here to apply:

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia

We seek applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the new Training Our Future Ocean Leaders (Ocean Leaders) program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The new program consists of 9 core faculty and 27 collaborators with interests in climate change, coupled human and natural systems, ocean acidification, marine conservation, marine ecology, fisheries science, and marine spatial planning. Its goal is to train interdisciplinary marine scientists to translate technical knowledge into policy and management innovations for the ocean.

Preference will be given to candidates with bold ideas, demonstrated research ability, strong communication skills, and a willingness to think across disciplinary boundaries. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research on core ocean challenges, foster interactions within the training program, and contribute to workshop development. Postdoctoral fellows funded by the program are expected to interact with multiple lab groups. Potential applicants are welcome to contact potential faculty advisors to inquire about current and potential research activities.

Interested candidates should provide their curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a two-page statement of their scientific goals and societal interests. The statement should include how their interests and proposed work aligns with two or more of the faculty members’ research or expertise.

Starting date: October 1, 2016

Application documents and reference letters should be sent electronically to; reference letters must be sent directly by the referee. The deadline for the receipt of application materials is August 1, 2016.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Postdoctoral Researcher Position at California State University, Northridge

Job Title:

Postdoctoral Researcher

Job ID:



California State University, Northridge

Full/Part Time:




Job Code:

0051 Non-Employee Tracking Code


Grants and Contracts

About the Division

The University Corporation is a non-profit auxiliary corporation providing commercial and administrative services to California State University, Northridge. Our mission is to provide services and solutions that address the needs of California State University, Northridge; to support the academic, research and creative endeavors of its students, faculty and staff; and to enhance the quality of campus life.

Major Duties

Under general supervision of the Project Grant Investigators, the Postdoctoral Researcher conducts research on the effects of Ocean Acidification on the biology and physiology of corals, algae, and reef communities in Moorea, French Polynesia; conducts all aspects of field and laboratory experiments; supervises a team comprised of a technician, graduate students, and teachers; designs and implements experiments; conducts field experiments with corals algae, and reef communities; takes the lead to write scientific papers for peer reviewed journals; administers all aspects of project logistics; and performs other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in Marine Biology, Physiology, Ecology or related field of study. Experience with the ecophysiology of tropical reef corals and/or the biology/physiology of corals and algae and coral reef communities.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; organize, time-manage, and solve problems in a timely manner; be self-motivated and work well both independently and as part of a diverse research team.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This position is employed through The University Corporation (TUC).

Temporary-renewable; end date to be determined; 40hrs/wk, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F.

Must work overseas in Moorea (up to six months of the year) and Hawaii (minimum of three weeks).

General Information

Current American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Research Diving Certification or equivalent is required.

How To Apply

Please complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process ( job ID 5509) in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.

Application Screening begins June 7, 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above.

Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please view the link below:

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at (818) 677-2077.

Steven P. Cramer Legacy Scholarship

Cramer Fish Sciences is offering its second annual Steven P. Cramer Legacy Scholarship Award. The scholarship will be awarded to an aspiring fisheries scientist to support their pursuit of solutions that incorporate both conservation and beneficial use of natural resources. 

The award amount is $2000, and the application deadline is June 1st, 2016. 

Find the appication and more details about the scholarship here.

NPS Geoscientists-In-the-Parks (GIP) Program

The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their natural resource science expertise to help the NPS to better understand and manage its natural resources.

The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid, internships with the National Park Service. Participants may assist with research, synthesis of scientific literature, geologic mapping, GIS analysis, site evaluations, resource inventorying and monitoring, impact mitigation, developing brochures and informative media presentations, and educating park staff and park visitors. GIP positions can last from 3 months to one-year.

GIP positions for summer 2016 are now available! The application deadline is noon (Mountain Time) on February 29, 2016

For more information, click here!

Postdoctoral position within marine carbon cycle science - University of Bergen, Norway

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral position at the Geophysical Institute, Bergen, Norway, within marine carbon cycle science. The position is for a period of 4 years and is tied to the project Integrated Carbon Observing System - Norway (ICOS - Norway) funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

ICOS-Norway is aiming to hire a postdoctoral research fellow who will work within the marine component of ICOS-Norway. The tasks include:

  • helping with the day-to-day as well as long-term coordination of Norwegian Marine ICOS, which currently includes four systems for determination of sea surface CO2 partial pressure installed onboard Voluntary Observing Ships.
  • operate the pCO2 system onboard the VOS Nuka Arctica, a cargo carrier on a regular schedule between Denmark and Greenland.
  • utilise the data that are produced by Norwegian Marine ICOS to estimate air-sea CO2 exchange in the northern North Atlantic, including parts of the Arctic Ocean, on a monthly basis.

Application deadline: 26 February 2016.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

For additional information please see the original announcement.

Science Integration Fellow- California Ocean Science Trust

The California Ocean Science Trust is seeking a Science Integration Fellow. Fellows experience the inner workings of policy and management and build valuable facilitation, communication, and strategic skills while drawing on and advancing their formal academic training. They engage a diverse landscape of partners including state and federal agencies, NGOs, and scientists. The Science Integration Fellow will join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team united by a mission to design innovative ways for science to play a constructive role in decision making. 

The South Coast Science Integration Fellow will translate and share complex scientific information and lay a solid foundation for long-term MPA monitoring in the South Coast region. The Fellow’s work will focus on sharing the scientific results of South Coast monitoring in compelling formats that meet the state’s information needs and can be used and understood by the broader South Coast community.  

Responsibilities of the Science Integration Fellow will include:

  • Translate science from existing ecological, physical, and socioeconomic research and monitoring activities in the South Coast for decision-makers and the public

  • Collaborate with management and science partners to create products that are scientifically sound and relevant to the state’s information needs

  • Write, edit, and produce content for a range of communications channels, including written reports and online content

  • Coordinate with contractors on development of communications materials 

Knowledge and Experience:

  • MS or Ph.D. in science communication or science policy, with some experience in biology, marine biology, ecology or related field required;
    MS or Ph.D. in biology, marine biology, ecology, or related field, with some experience in science communication or science policy required

  • Familiarity with California’s marine and coastal ecosystems preferred 

Qualified applicants should send a current curriculum vitae and application letter via email to We seek to fill this position as soon as possible, and review of applications will begin immediately.  

Please direct questions to Benét Duncan, Associate Scientist, California Ocean Science Trust at

NMFS—Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics

The Fellowship Program generally awards two new PhD Fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.

Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics meets NOAA's Healthy Oceans goal of "Marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems."

The expected annual award per Fellow will be $46,000 (federal plus matching funds), which is funded jointly by NOAA Fisheries and Sea Grant.

Applications are due to the appropriate State Sea Grant Program. The deadline for application to California Sea Grant is 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, January 29, 2016.

Federal Agency Name(s): Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Click here for more details. 

The Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship

This fellowship was created by AFS in 2007 to honor the memory of Steven Berkeley, a dedicated fisheries scientist with a passionate interest in integrating the fields of marine ecology, conservation biology, and fisheries science to improve fisheries management.

The fellowship comprises a competitively based $10,000 award to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation. Research topics may address any aspect of conservation; a focus on fisheries issues is not required.

Requirements for application:

  1. The applicant must be a student officially accepted or currently enrolled in a M.S. or Ph.D. program.
  2. The student must be actively engaged in thesis research related to some aspect of marine conservation; the intent of the award is to support ongoing research costs.
  3. The student must be a member of AFS in good standing; membership can be obtained at the time of application submission.

Application package:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Research proposal
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Application address and deadline:

Complete applications (except letters of reference which are to be sent separately) should be compiled into a single PDF or Word document and emailed directly to Howard Williams at . The file name for all applications should be constructed as follows: applicant’s last name, applicant’s first name, “Application,” year, e.g., “Doe, Jon Application 2016.”

Applications must be emailed by February 1 of each year.

Click here for more information. 

NSF Research Technician – Ocean Acidification and Coral Reefs

Applications are invited for a 2.5-year, NSF-funded technician position at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), to support research in the area of ocean acidification (OA) and its effects on coral reefs. The research focuses on the ecophysiology of corals and algae, and spans investigative scales from organisms, to assemblages of species, and natural communities; experiments will involve microcosms, flumes, and in situ (field) analyses.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of RC Carpenter and PJ Edmunds ( and, as well as a postdoctoral scholar, to elucidate the effects of ocean acidification on corals, algae, and coral reefs in Moorea. 

Candidates are expected to have an MS in a field-based marine biology topic, experience in the biology/ecology of marine organisms, a history of working in tropical environments, and a strong background in the maintenance of marine aquaria, biological laboratory skills, seawater chemistry, and marine field operations (driving of small boats, scuba diving, etc); scuba diving with a AAUS training (or equivalent) is required. The research involves significant periods (up to 6 months/year) of work overseas in Moorea, French Polynesia, and potentially periods in Hawaii. This position provides unique opportunities to work with a team studying the biology of coral reefs in the Caribbean and Pacific, and work with colleagues in the Moorea Coral Reef LTER, and Hawaii.

The salary includes benefits. Applicants should submit a covering letter in which they describe their research training and interests, CV, and arrange to have two letters of reference submitted.

The application deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016.

Find more information here. All applications must be made through the CSUN web site (job # 5230).

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center

The Ries Lab in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (MSC) seeks a postdoctoral researcher interested in conducting federally funded research on the impact of ocean acidification on coral biomineralization to begin summer/fall 2016.

Research will include employing a multi-disciplinary approach to quantifying the impact of ocean acidification on the carbonate chemistry of corals’ calcifying fluids.

Applicants should be highly motivated and creative, possess strong writing and analytical skills, and have a solid foundation in both theoretical and applied isotope geochemistry (preferably focused on boron isotope systematics in carbonates), pH microelectrodes, and pH-sensitive dyes. Funding for a postdoctoral fellow is available for one year with the option of renewal, pending funding availability.

Interested individuals should contact Prof. Justin Ries (

Find more information here

CSUN Postdoctoral Scholar Position with Professor Robert Carpenter

Under general supervision the Post-Doctoral Scholar will assist the Principal Investigator (Dr. Robert Carpenter) with a 3-year NASA-funded project to connect remote sensing imaging with the community structure and function of coral reefs in the Pacific.

The postdoc will coordinate, plan, and complete all aspects of field data collection, analyze data and, write scientific papers for publication in peer reviewed journals. The postdoc will perform project administration of all aspects of project logistics and perform other duties as assigned.

The postdoc will be based in the CSUN Department of Biology and will interact with other postdocs, graduate students, and faculty in the CSUN Marine Biology Program. Travel to field sites throughout the Pacific Ocean is required and will be supported by the grant. The desirable start date is March 1, 2016.

Individual must have an equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology or a related field. A PhD in marine biology or oceanography required. Must be AAUS diving certified. Experience in a marine setting, especially coral reefs is desirable. Experience with programming, deploying, downloading, and analyzing data from oceanographic instrumentation also is desirable.

Application Screening begins Jan. 15, 2016 and will continue until position is filled.

Find more details here

Post-Doc Opportunity in the Warren Burggren developmental physiology laboratory

A Post-Doctoral research position is available in the developmental physiology laboratory of Warren Burggren, part of the Developmental Integrative Biology Research Group in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

The post-doc will carry out independent, original research on epigenetic inheritance of modified cardiovascular physiological phenotypes in fishes, with subsequent analysis and publication of data. 

Individual must have a PhD in Biological Sciences, or closely related field. The following skills are a requirement: Physiological measurements; Surgical experience; Experience with basic molecular techniques.

Interested individuals should send a CV, letter of interest, and the names and contact information of 3 references to Warren Burggren (, placing “Post-Doctoral Position Applicant” in the Subject line:

Find more information about the research opportunity here.

2015 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Applications for the postdoctoral fellowship program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are currently being accepted.

Offers will be made to candidates from the fields of biological, chemical, and physical oceanography; marine geology; and ocean engineering. Candidates must be awarded the Ph.D. degree prior to commencing the two-year appointment and start during the 2015 calendar year.

Applicants are encouraged to communicate with potential research sponsors at MBARI for guidance on project feasibility, relevance to ongoing research projects, and resource availability.

Application requirements: 

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. At least three professional letters of recommendation
  3. Succinct statement of the applicant’s doctoral research
  4. Potential research goals at MBARI
  5. Supplemental information form

Application deadline: Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Find all details here.

NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship

The NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics provides 2-3 years of support for PhD students pursuing degrees related to either marine resource economics or population and ecosystem dynamics.

Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors.

Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into Grants.Gov

Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs  by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time January 29, 2016.

For more information, please go to NOAA's website here.

For additional information, refer to the Frequently Asked Website page. 

Coastal Management Fellowship

The Coastal Management Fellowship provides project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. 

The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. Fellowship projects are two years long.

To be eligible, student must complete a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies between January 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016.

Proposals are due Friday, January 22, 2016.

For more information, click here

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The 2017 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Program) has been published on (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2004620) and is available for download. 

Applicants must be graduate students as of February 12, 2016 to be eligible but may graduate any time thereafter.

Applicants must submit application materials by 5:00 pm local time on February 12, 2016 to eligible Sea Grant Programs. 

Find more details here

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas particularly by women and members of minority groups.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000), and up to $10,000 of support for a 4-6 week program collaboration at a NOAA facility.

All Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recipients will be required to:

1. Participate in a NOAA Orientation Training

2. Put together an outreach product that communicates your scientific research

3. Provide annual reports documenting activities, accomplishments, academic progress, research progress, and education and outreach progress

To apply, each applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or a citizen of a U.S. territory;
  • pursue or intend to pursue a masters or doctoral level degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology or marine biology, including all science, engineering and resource management of ocean and coastal areas (or related areas), at a U.S. accredited institution;
  • have and maintain a minimum cumulative and term grade point average of 3.3 or higher; and
  • maintain full-time student status for the duration of the scholarship award.

Completed applications must be received by by December 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time or postmarked no later than December 10, 2015 and sent to the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Apply here.

Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University

Stanford University is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Reseacher who will work on the project following project: “Using large marine protected areas to recover highly productive marine ecosystems and the services they provide: the case of the Adriatic Sea”. The Postdoc will work on creating innovative conceptual approaches and analyses in support of spatial management of marine ecosystems. 

Postdoc will be stationed at Hopkins Marine Station in Fiorenza Micheli's laboratory but will participate in biweekly meetings on Stanford's main campus and take quarterly visits to Seattle, WA. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in an ecological or oceanographic discipline. 

Send a cover letter, research statement, Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contacts of three references to Fiorenza Micheli at by November 1, 2015.

USGS Mendenhall Postdoctoral Opportunity

The Mendenhall Opportunity provides a place for a scientist with a strong background in environmental analytical chemistry and an interest in toxicology to conduct interdisciplinary research on pesticides and birds. The goal of research under this project is aimed at providing critical knowledge on the exposure of birds to current-use pesticides in various environments.

The program is for a recent PhD (completed within the last 5 years) with a background in environmental chemistry or environmental toxicology. The two-year postdoctoral position will be in Sacramento, CA. 

Find more information here

Delta Science Fellows Program 2015

The Delta Science Fellows Program was established to bring together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors. Fellows will work on collaborative data analysis and research projects applicable to the California Bay-Delta system.

A combined total of approximately six postdoctoral and graduate fellowships are anticipated to be  awarded for proposals addressing the 2015 priority research topics.

Attend optional webinar on October 8, 10-11am here

Applications are due November 18, 2015, 4:00 p.m. PST

Find more information about the fellowship and application process here.

Science Teaching Fellowship Program

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has launched a Science Teaching Fellowship Program for students and postdocs in microbiology-related fields. This is a 5-month development opportunity to help prepare doctoral-trained students for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions.

You can find additional information here. 

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award supports postdoctoral scholars with academic careers in chemistry and the life sciences, and who will become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology.

Fellows will be appointed for two years, with possibility for renewal for a third and final year.

Applications are due December 1,  2015 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 

Learn more here

CA Sea Grant State Fellowship

The California Sea Grant College Program is accepting applications for the 2016 California State Fellows Program. The State Fellows Program is a great opportunity for graduate students interested in marine resources and policy. 

Applications are due September 24, 2015. 

To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, click here. 

Climate Change Adaptation Graduate Student Assistantship - CLOSED

Are you a grad student interested in the way in which society is preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change? The Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy is looking for a research assistant for a study seeking to help resource managers make decisions based on climate change risk projections. The assistant will conduct surveys and case studies across California as well as work with scientists to distinguish how climate change projections can be useful to practitioners managing water and air quality. The assistantship will last a period of two and a half years, with the opportunity to utilize a part of the study for a dissertation or thesis project. Click here to learn more. Deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.

Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts (ISEECI) GSR fellowships for UC students working in and around UC Natural Reserves - CLOSED

Please submit your application to by Monday, April 13.

Applications consist of a cv and a 1-2 page proposal (single space, 12 point font) for a reserve-based project that meet the aims of the ISEECI program (see pdf of flier). Specifically, the funded project has three aims, and your proposal must address at least one of them. You must also be willing to contribute to group-wide efforts that support one of these aims (above and beyond your research project).
The primary aims of the project are:
Aim 1: Assemble historical records in and around NRS sites to assess ecosystem-wide impacts of climate change, linking plant and animal studies among marine, aquatic and terrestrial realms.
Aim 2: Launch a new program of NRS sampling, monitoring, large-scale and long-term data management, and experiments to understand mechanisms by which climate drives ecological and evolutionary processes.
Aim 3: Link these data together with mechanistic models to predict changes to ecosystems and potential impacts to ecosystem services that threaten human adaptation to climate change.

Feedback among these three aims will catalyze new experiments to take critical measurements and test key mechanisms underlying our hypotheses and model predictions. 

Full list of ISEECI-affiliated faculty at UC Davis:

Marissa Baskett, Jeffrey Clary, Valerie Eviner, Nann Fangue, Rick Grosberg, Ted Grosholz, Susan Harrison, Ben Houlton, John Largier, Andrew Latimer, Steven Morgan, Peter Moyle, Jim Quinn, David Rizzo, Mark Schwartz, Sharon Strauss, Anne Todgham, Susan Williams, John Wingfield, Louie Yang, Truman Young

Contacts: Marissa Baskett and Mark Schwartz

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Call for FY14 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals - CLOSED

Submission deadline: January 15, 2014 

The Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) is the first network of marine observatories focused on global-scale, long-term study of coastal biodiversity and ecosystems using standardized approaches. The network is a developing partnership of diverse organizations facilitating long-term interdisciplinary, comparative research. TMON currently includes the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland (SERC), the Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce, Florida (SMSFP), the Carrie Bow Cay Marine Field Station (CCRE Program-Belize), and sites on both Caribbean and Pacific sides of Panama administered by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (STRI). Additional partner sites are under development. TMON invites research proposals for a Postdoctoral Fellowship that will complement our developing comparative research program.

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