Internship position in pearl oyster farming at Kimberley Marine Research Station, Australia

A unique opportunity for a marine/environmental science student or graduate looking to gain experience in commercial aquaculture operations, marine research and report writing, in the planet’s last great tropical marine wilderness; the Kimberley, Western Australia. This internship position will be focused on management of Pinctada maxima in a farm environment, assisting visiting research teams, and maintaining and running KMRS research projects. We are looking for an energetic, resourceful and motivated person, with experience in the areas of marine or environmental sciences, to join the team.

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Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation / Fisheries Science at UC Santa Barbara, USA


The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS: at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track position in marine conservation and/or fisheries science at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent or have completed all requirements for the degree by the time of appointment.

We are searching for a highly innovative and collaborative scholar of marine science who focuses on any aspect (or combination of) ecological or environmental dimensions of marine conservation or fisheries science. All marine habitats from tropical to polar and from coastal to open ocean will be considered. The ideal candidate should apply quantitative methods to answer critical questions relevant to marine resource management, conservation and/or fisheries. The successful candidate will hold an appointment in one or more academic department that participates in the IGPMS, and is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.


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Deadline for application: 15th December 2017



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Coastal and Strategic Engagement Adviser position with Natural England, UK

Natural England is looking for a Coastal and Strategic Engagement Adviser to join our Northumbria Area Team.

As a Coastal Lead Adviser you will work across terrestrial and marine environments to achieve the best possible outcome for the coast in the Northumbria area. You will provide early, effective advice and evidence to our customers e.g. Marine Management Organisation, Environment Agency, Local Authorities and Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, developers and their consultants. This will enable us to facilitate sustainable economic growth, and recover our costs wherever possible through chargeable services. You will also work to identify and develop opportunities for strategic engagement with customers and partners to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes which achieve the objectives of all parties.


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Closing date is 13 December 2017.

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Master Of Science project: Micro-plastic pollution in the Knysna estuary – impacts on Syngnathids in South Africa

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Master Of Science project in South Africa:

Micro-plastic pollution in the Knysna estuary – impacts on Syngnathids
The Knysna Basin Project ( and UKZN are looking for an interested Masters student (2 year degree) to investigate the potential impact of micro-plastics on syngnathids in the Knysna estuary.
The Knysna estuary is considered South Africa’s most important in terms of conservation importance, with an estimated 42 % of South Africa’s estuarine biodiversity found within this system. This estuary also contains the largest eel grass (Zostera capensis) beds in South Africa, an important nursery habitat for fish. The Knysna estuary is one of only three estuaries where the endangered Knysna seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) can be found, which naturally occurs in eel grass beds, together with the Longsnout pipefish (Syngnathus temminckii).
Relatively little is known about the potential impact from microplastics on syngnathids, and this project will aim to answer the following questions:
1. Do micro-plastics accumulate in eel grass beds, and does this have an impact on the nursery function of the eel grass?
2. Do syngnathids ingest micro-plastics, and if so, through which pathways?
3. Do micro-plastics negatively affect syngnathids?
4. Should micro-plastics be considered a threat to syngnathid populations in seagrass habitats?
The project will be based in Knysna and managed by the Knysna Basin Project. The student will be registered for an MSc at UKZN. Priority will be given to students with free-standing bursaries, who would be able to relocate to Knysna for extensive fieldwork. A Skippers ticket (Level R), and snorkeling experience (with gear) will be an added advantage.

For more information or to apply please contact:
Louw Claassens (Knysna Basin Project):
Dr David Glassom (UKZN):
Applicants must be in possession of an Honours degree in biological sciences or related fields. Applications should include an academic record, CV and the names of two academic referees.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltic Sea Ecosystem Change at Stockholm Universtity, Sweden

sweden 25 11 2017 Stockholm University are currently advertising the role of a Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltic Sea Ecosystem Change. The role will consist purely of research, and the focus of the work will be on isotope analyses of historical samples and/or causal time series analyses (e.g. multivariate ARIMA analyses). To be eligible, applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. The candidate should have skills in and experience of stable isotope analyses and/or causal time series analyses.

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. In the appointment process, special attention will be given to scientific proficiency, in particular in statistical analyses of large data sets and stable isotope analyses. In addition, we expect the candidate to have excellent team working and communication skills.

Deadline for application: January 15th, 2018

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PhD position in Fisheries Ecology at University of Tromso, Norway


14 oct 4The Arctic University of Norway is currently advertising for a PhD position in Fisheries Ecology. The role is for a four year term, and will involve working in a project, the goals of which include to derive ecological, environmental and socio-economic rules with regard to the suitability of the exploitation of different size-spectra in various ecosystems and fisheries. For this purpose, the dynamics of size spectra profiles in different fishery systems will be analysed. The project will also require the candidate to investigate the economic impact of exploitation according to a size spectral concept, and finally evaluate the institutional changes required in face of a new management regime.

A MSc degree or equivalent in ecological dynamics, resource economics or fishery management and good knowledge of quantitative methodology are required. Research experience or relevant work experience after dissertation, particularly in an inter-disciplinary environment, is an asset. The applicant needs to demonstrate previous experience of quantitative methodology. The candidate must present a short essay (max 5 pp, excluding references) about the utilization of different methodology in the analysis and resolution of ecological and socio-economic issues in aquatic systems or in the exploitation of living resources. The topics can cover inter alia statistical techniques and meta-analysis, quantitative modelling, bio-economic analysis and qualitative methods. A general view of the potential and limitations of the different techniques is intented.

Applicants must have a good command of English, both written and verbal.

Deadline for application: 4th December 2017

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Summer Student Fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), USA

A research project is at the heart of the Summer Student Fellowship program. All Fellows are expected to work on a project selected in collaboration with their sponsor(s) that will provide meaningful results in one summer’s work. Project topics span the vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering conducted in WHOI’s science departments and the Woods Hole Field Station of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Fellowship recipients have the opportunity to attend and participate in a busy schedule of talks, seminars and a hands-on, one-day, ocean sampling cruise onboard the R/V Tioga focusing on data collection and sampling methods with advanced oceanographic technology and instruments. The cruise is especially designed for Fellows and not only provides practical training but also brings the group together socially through a shared field experience.

Fellows also have many occasions to interact with current MIT/WHOI Joint Program graduate students, from the Q&A session designed specifically for that purpose to the Ethics in Science Workshop.


Applications accepted until February 15th.

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