PhD opportunity: Coral reef adaptation strategies to carbonate chemistry changes along the Costa Rican Pacific coast

This project addresses the issue of ocean acidification caused by anthropogenic emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere. Many experiments have shown that calcification of scleractinian corals declines with increasing CO2 concentration. The Costa Rican Pacific coast is partly affected by corrosive waters that well up along the coast and periodically expose reefs to pH values lower than usual and similar to those expected in a high CO2 world of the future. With this project, we are interested to study the impact of upwelling on the metabolism of calcifying reef organisms and the adaptation of coral reefs to natural changes in seawater chemical composition. The work will be carried out in Costa Rica and in the ZMT laboratories in close cooperation with the Systems Ecology Group, the Carbon and Nutrient Cycle Group of the ZMT, and the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. The appointment is for a three-year period. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.

Starting Date:
March/April 2012

Applicants should hold a Master or Diploma degree in marine biology, ecology, geobiology or related fields and should ideally have experience with coral reef ecology and physiology. They should also fluently speak English and possess good scientific writing skills. A SCUBA diving license and the proven ability to successfully write scientific publications is an additional asset.

To apply, please send a motivation letter describing why you are the perfect candidate for the specific announcement and how your research concept looks like, a complete CV with list of publications and skills, and names with email addresses and phone numbers of two referees in a single pdf-file to the address below. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Closing Date:
January 31, 2012 or until qualified candidates are identified. The Leibniz-ZMT GmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status.

Prof. Dr. Christian Wild
Coral Reef Ecology Group (CORE),
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology
Fahrenheitstr. 6, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 421-23800-114

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