3x PhD Student Positions to Research Cod Growth Chronologies at the University of Iceland

The Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Iceland invites applications for three PhD student positions to reconstruct the long-term growth chronology of cod in the Northeast Atlantic.

We are looking for three PhD students to join an international multidisciplinary team investigating the long-term, century-scale population dynamics of cod around Iceland and/or Norway. The research of two students would investigate otolith-based growth chronologies, while the second student would investigate temperature reconstructions based on otolith oxygen isotopes.  A University degree (Master of Science or equivalent) and excellent communication skills in written English are mandatory. Good quantitative skills and familiarity with fish biology and otoliths are of advantage. We expect the candidates to show outstanding motivation and initiative.

Two of the PhD positions will be based out of the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, while the third position will be based in Bergen, Norway. The positions will be funded for three years with a start-date as soon as possible. Annual PhD salaries are currently 4,380,000 ISK.

For further information, contact Dr Steven Campana at scampana@hi.is

Please see also: https://uni.hi.is/scampana/otoliths/jobs-and-students/

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PhD Student in the field of environmental DNA analyses of plankton

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) invites applications for a position as PhD Student  in the field of environmental DNA analyses of plankton.

We are looking to employ a PhD student to investigate environmental DNA from marine and freshwater habitats with a focus on plankton diversity and its temporal variations under environmental changes. A University degree (Master or equivalent) in biology or a related discipline and practical experience with standard molecular genetic techniques such as DNA extraction, PCR and DNA sequencing are mandatory. Good analytical skills and familiarity with bioinformatic tools for the analysis of DNA sequence data are of advantage. We expect the candidate to show outstanding motivation for the topic and readiness to participate in expeditions to the Arctic. Good communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English are necessary.

The main working place is Potsdam (Periglacial Research Section), Germany. The position will be funded for three years with a start-date as soon as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (66% TVöD Bund, salary group 13).

Please send your application with your letter of motivation, CV, copies of degree certificates, and abstract of your Master thesis by 10th Feburary 2017.

Please see also: https://www.awi.de/nc/en/work-study/jobs/job-offer/detail/jobs/-d9b191e777.html

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Webinar: Crowd Sourcing Small-Scale Fisheries Data – A Global Initiative

On Wednesday, January 25th at 6 PM UTC,Rodolphe Devillers & David Bishop, members of the “Too big to ignore” Network, will be discussing the Information System on Small-Scale Fisheries (ISSF) during a webinar hosted by Ecosystem-based Management Tools Network. The webinar, which is titled Crowd Sourcing Small-Scale Fisheries Data: A Global Initiative, will be coordinated by NatureServe, OpenChannels.org & MEAM.

The Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a web portal that is used to integrate, summarize, and communicate information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) globally. Based on a crowdsourcing approach, the data are all freely accessible, helping the global SSF community to better qualify and quantify SSF and their importance. The system provides diverse information, including people and organizations involved in this field, publications, and detailed profiles of SSF at specific locations. The system allows users to access data as a map or a table, generate reports, and export data for further analyses. ISSF was developed as part of the international project “Too Big to Ignore”. Access the portal at https://dory.creait.mun.ca 

More information and registration for the webinar at: http://toobigtoignore.net/crowd-sourcing-small-scale-fisheries-data-a-global-initiative/

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PhD: Harvesting the seashore – the impacts and management of inter-tidal fisheries

The School of Biological Sciences of the University of Portsmouth, UK, is offering a PhD opportunity in marine resource management. 

Project details:

Harvesting the sea shore is an integral part of coastal life, but at local, national and global scales these inter-tidal fisheries are highly valuable, extract significant biomass and have considerable impacts. They, therefore, urgently require governance equivalent to other offshore fisheries. However, critical gaps in our understanding of these data-limited activities remain that currently prevent the implementation of evidence-based fisheries and resource management for coastal regions especially within Marine Protected Areas.

The Solent and Poole European Marine Sites (Marine Protected Areas) on the south coast of the UK provide a unique opportunity to assess the extent and impacts of these fisheries as they support high levels of bait, clam, cockle and oyster collection operating at different spatial scales and utilising different methods. The project is designed to assess the extent of these fisheries and evaluate the impact of these collection methods on habitats, target and non-target species and the function that these deliver (i.e. ecosystem services). The project will provide evidence to support effective management strategies that will meet future UK and European conservation, economic and social priorities.

Key questions to be addressed:

  1. What is the historical and current extent of inter-tidal fisheries within the MPAs?
  2. What impact do inter-tidal fisheries have on the bioavailability of sediment-bound pollutants?
  3. How is ecosystem function affected by inter-tidal fisheries?
  4. What are the population-level impacts of inter-tidal fisheries on wading birds?

The student will have opportunities to acquire a diverse set of skills including macrofaunal sampling and identification, trace metal and sediment analysis, GIS mapping, aerial photography, assessments of functional traits and hydrodynamic modelling. The student will also work closely with the relevant agencies including the Solent Forum, Natural England and The Southern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Agency and be part of the vibrant Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring Group within the University. In addition, s(he) will have access to the Graduate School Development Programme and Department Postgraduate Researcher Training. Expected career opportunities would be academic research as well as conservation and fisheries resource management for government agencies, NGOs and environmental consultancies in the UK and beyond.

Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of £14,057 p.a (for 16/17) for up to 4 years.  Full Home / EU fees will be paid by the University.  Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week to support their department.


  • The Bursaries are offered for full-time, Home or EU candidates only.
  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • For those students without English as a first language or without a first degree from an English speaking University, an English Language Proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.

The closing date for applications to the 2016 bursaries is: 5pm Sunday 3 April 2016. Interviews for short listed candidates are expected to take place between 18 April and 29 April 2016.

Please see also: http://www.port.ac.uk/media/phd-bursaries-16/biology/BIOL2221016-Harvesting-the-seashore–the-impacts-and-management-of-inter-tidal-fisheries.pdf

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International summer school with own research project: Fish and fish culture

The University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, organizes a four-week Summer School within which you are involved in a small research project, working in very well-equipped laboratories under the guidance of experienced researchers of the FFPW USB.

WHEN: 26. 6. 2017 – 21. 7. 2017

WHERE: South Bohemia, Czech Republic


The work in laboratories is supplemented by many excursions to fish farms and visits to other interesting places, such as the city of Český Krumlov, Fisheries Třeboň Hld. Inc., the city of Třeboň¡, Nové Hrady Fishery and many other interesting places in the Czech Republic.

The topics of this year’s projects are:

  • Nitrite Toxicity for whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus)
  • Freezing rate changes during cryopreservation of different volumes of fish sperm
  • Detection of (anti-)progestagenic activities in Czech surface waters
  • A novel technique in Nuclear transplantation in zebrafish, methods and evaluation
  • Content of Hg in muscle of fish living in recipient of sewage treatment plant effluent
  • Oxidative Stress and Fish Egg Quality
  • Shelter competition in two non-indigenous benthic fish species
  • Selective breeding in common carp: Statistical processing of quantitative data
  • Using different fractionalization factors for crayfish and their application for trophic webs modeling
  • Determination of selected pharmaceuticals and their metabolites in the aquatic plants Ceratophyllum and Potamogeton natans from the pond affected with treated wastewater
  • Using the EROD assay to determine the AhR mediated dioxin-like activity of environmental samples
  • Changing of zebrafish’ embryos size with transplantation technique
  • The effects of xenobiotics on fish tissues
  • Fish stock estimation in shallow water by scientific echosounders

Please see also: http://www.frov.jcu.cz/en/ieeaic/international-school

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UK Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference

The 14th Annual Marine Biological Association (MBA) Postgraduate Conference will be hosted by the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall, from 24 -28th April 2017.

The MBA is a highly respected society that is recognised for its excellence in marine research. It was established in 1884, incorporated by royal charter in 2013, and its aims are to promote scientific research into all aspects of marine life and the marine environment and the sharing of this knowledge with the public.

In line with the aims of the MBA, the conference promotes research on all aspects of marine life and environment. It is run by postgraduates, for postgraduates, including Masters and PhD students, and provides opportunities to:

  • Network with peers in the marine science community, opening doors for future collaborations
  • Present in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere
  • Join the MBA, a learned and respected society
  • Partake in nightly social events!

Early bird rate registration deadline: 31st January 2017

Deadline for submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation: 1st March 2017

Please see also: http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/mba2017/

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5th FBFW (Fresh Blood for Fresh Water) conference

Welcome to the fifth FBFW initiative, primarily organized to encourage young limnologists to present their research and exchange ideas with other early career scientists. We invite students (MSc and PhD) and post-doctoral researchers to present their work in a friendly environment with like-minded people.

To fuel discussion, there will be short talks and poster sessions: a rare opportunity to present your published, ongoing or future work directly to other young scientists in your field. We will also have longer talks from our international selection of invited speakers – experts in their field who will provide information about their work and careers, as well useful advice on how to swim in “scientific waters”.

In addition to the scientific talks, there will be dedicated practical and applied freshwater science workshops/seminars covering a range of topics in bacterial grazing, cyanobacteria, viruses, fish population, and food web modelling.

There will also be a chance to explore with our organized excursion – a great time to discover more of beautiful České Budějovice, and to meet other conference attendees in an informal setting.

In summary, the meeting will be an excellent opportunity for gaining new insights, establishing collaborations, and expanding your scientific circle and friendships. We look forward to seeing you in April!

When: April 9th-13th 2017

Where: České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Registration and abstract submission until February 1st, 2017

more information: http://www.hbu.cas.cz/en/fbfw2017/home/


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