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Dynamics of greenhouse gases (GHG) in marine vegetation, from seafloor to ocean-atmosphere fluxes (PhD position)

HOST ORGANIZATION: IMEDEA – CSIC – Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados

GROUP LEADER: Dr. Iris E. Hendriks (iris.hendriks@csic.es)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Research Project / Research Group Description

Anthropogenic CO2 emissions have caused sea surface temperatures to increase, while this increase of atmospheric CO2 has partly been mitigated by the oceans’ uptake. This uptake has drastic consequences for the marine environment, as it drives a pH decrease in seawater known as ocean acidification (OA). The concentration of other gases besides CO2, responsible for the greenhouse effect (CH4 and N2O) in the marine environment also has a high spatial and temporal variability as a consequence of the physical and biogeochemical processes characteristic of each area. In coastal areas, the balance of GHG gases is particularly variable and, in addition to natural causes, is driven by anthropogenic factors. Determining whether the different coastal regions act as sources or sinks is relevant for establishing global greenhouse gas balances.

The Global Change Research Group (GCR) at IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), in Mallorca, Spain, has decades of experience in research of the evidence and effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems, in particular in vegetated habitat like seagrass meadows. The group is involved in monitoring the CO2 concentration in atmosphere and surface water since 2008 and other GHGs since 2018. Their main research subject are processes structuring seagrass meadows, but also invasive macrophytes and they harbour valuable background knowledge about evolution of meadow healt and trayectories of ecosystem services of the meadows. The marine component of the group include:

–        Iris E. Hendriks ( CSIC)

–        Núria Marbà (CSIC)

–        Andrea Anton (UIB)

–        Susana Flecha (CSIC)

–        Elvira Mayol (CSIC)

–        Alex Morell (CSIC)

The GCR group has a high scientific output, with publications in prestigious journals. During the last 5 years, the group has formed 10 PhD students. The group’s PhD students usually obtain competitive contracts or positions after completion of their thesis.

Job position description

The proposed research work will focus on different marine compartments in order to get an overall view of the dynamics of GHG in coastal areas. 1) Through the analysis of time-series CO2, CH4 and N2O from three sites in the Archipelago of the Balearic islands (part of the Balearic Ocean Acidification Time Series – BOATS) GHG concentration in surface water will be determined and ocean-atmosphere fluxes calculated. These measurements will be matched to time series of dissolved CO2 from satellite data (i.e. CMEMS – Copernicus) and additional parameters obtained in-situ. Calculations of gas fluxes will be validated by surface measurements using incubation chambers. Seasonal and interannual variability will be determined from the ongoing series (started in 2018) and the drivers that determine this variability (physical and / or biological) will be identified.

2) In order to identify the production/retention of GHGs in the benthic compartment, we will deploy benthic incubations in-situ. Manipulations of organic matter and evaluation of key bacterial communities will determine the link between organic matter deposition, i.e. from WWTPs close to seagrass meadows and CO2/CH4 dynamics in seagrasses and macrophytes. Furthermore we will collection cores for laboratory incubation to validate field rates. Laboratory manipulation of temperature according to IPCC future scenarios should enable a prediction of future emissions in the coastal benthic zone of the Balearic islands.

3) The link between benthic GHG dynamics and transfer to the pelagic water column and eventually atmosphere will be established by concentration profiles of the water column.

To apply: Dr. Iris E. Hendriks (iris.hendriks@csic.es)

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Associate project officer (radioecology laboratory) (P2)

Primary Location: Monaco-IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco

Job Closing Date: 2022-12-04, 11:59:00 PM

Contract Duration: The initial contract duration is foreseen to be for four months, with a possibility for extension.

Main Purpose

As a member of a team reporting to the Laboratory Head and Project Manager of the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) project “Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center (OA-ICC)”, the Associate Project Officer (Radioecology Laboratory) provides assistance in project management, reporting and analytical support within the different working areas, with the objective of effective, efficient, and timely implementation of the project.

Role

The Associate Project Officer (Radioecology Laboratory) is: (1) a project coordinator, preparing, reviewing, and maintaining detailed schedules of project activities, developing and maintaining project tracking tools for resource allocation and status of activities and contributing to the preparation of project reports, consisting of summaries of all activities performed during the course of the project; (2) an analyst, evaluating, extracting, and consolidating data from documentation, and; (3) a presenter of performance and results.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Monitor the implementation of project activities.
  • Liaise with counterparts and partners on project implementation issues.
  • Liaise with Communication Units (MTPI and Communication Specialist, Office of the Deputy Director General NA) on communication issues to increase the visibility of OA-ICC.
  • Analyse problems arising in the course of project implementation and recommend solutions for issues identified.
  • Collect, analyse, evaluate and consolidate project information and contribute to development of project monitoring tools and systems.
  • Prepare narrative progress reports and status reports on allocation and use of resources.
  • Evaluate project results against performance indicators, derive the lessons learnt and contribute to preparation of the final programme report.
  • Serve as Secretary of the OA-ICC Advisory Board.
  • Contribute to improving the OA-ICC website.
  • Assist in training and supervising the work of the OA-ICC Project Assistants (Communication Assistant and Data Curator).
  • When necessary, represent the Project at meetings and conferences.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

University degree (bachelor’s) in science (oceanography, marine ecology, marine biology, or a related field) public or business administration or other related field.

Minimum of two years of related experience, including project management experience, in an international environment.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $49254 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 19455*, dependency benefits, rental subsidyeducation grantrelocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leavepension plan and health insurance.

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Postdoc position in multiple climate change stressors and coral eco-physiology

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The position will be for the duration of two years and is part of a 5-year Vidi research project funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research on corals living in extreme/marginal reef environments to better understand how environmental variability alters coral stress tolerance to future ocean conditions (warming, acidification, deoxygenation/hypoxia). This position is part of the research group of Dr Verena Schoepf (www.verenaschoepf.com).

What are you going to do?

You will investigate how fluctuating environmental conditions alter coral resistance to heat, acidification and low-oxygen stress. You will conduct controlled aquarium experiments to simulate different variability regimes in combination with future ocean conditions, analyze seawater physico-chemical conditions and conduct coral physiological analyses. You will also conduct fieldwork in extreme/marginal coral reef environments in the Caribbean where corals are naturally exposed to extreme and variable conditions. The aim is to investigate whether such an environmental history is linked to enhanced stress tolerance. Finally, you will supervise BSc and MSc student projects that are aligned with the postdoc project, and communicate your results via conference presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals, while closely working with the project team.

Your experience and profile

  • PhD in marine biology, ecology or environmental science, or a related discipline
  • committed researcher, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals;
  • An interest in, and understanding of, how marine organisms adjust their physiology to environmental stress, especially in the context of climate change
  • Experience with setting up and running aquarium experiments where temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen are manipulated
  • Experience with laboratory work, preferably related to coral eco-physiology and seawater chemistry (e.g. nutrients, carbonate chemistry)
  • Experience with marine fieldwork in tropical locations and willingness to conduct fieldwork in the Caribbean
  • SCUBA diving certificate and scientific diving experience, preferably Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Good analytical and statistical skills, including the use of programming languages such as R
  • Excellent English skills  and demonstrated skills in scientific writing (published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals).
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Driving license

Any questions?

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the link. We accept applications until and including 11 December 2022.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a cover letter describing your motivation and addressing how you meet the selection criteria (2 pages max);
  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

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The Rosenstiel School – postdoctoral associate – CIMAS

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science (Rosenstiel) has an exciting opportunity for a Post-Doctoral researcher.

The work will involve close collaboration with scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The applicant will be physically stationed at AOML in Miami, FL.

The principal objective of the position will be to conduct and analyze a suite of Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE) model simulations to understand the efficacy, processes and impacts associated with this Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) method. The incumbent will leverage GFDL’s existing 1/2 degree fully-coupled Earth System Model (ESM4.1) to perform idealized site-specific OAE simulations, as well as ocean alkalinization simulations following the Carbon Dioxide Removal Model Intercomparison Project (CDRMIP) protocols. Analyses will involve interpreting and analyzing large data sets from model simulations to assess and evaluate ocean biogeochemical responses and ecosystem impacts on various ocean and coastal areas, including determining the magnitude and timescales of carbon dioxide uptake and the potential to reduce the rate and impacts of ocean acidification. Personnel will interact with active groups at AOML and GFDL studying the carbon cycle, and connections between biogeochemistry, ecosystems, and climate.

Duties include but are not limited to:
● Conduct and analyze marine alkalinization Earth System Model simulations to investigate underlying mechanisms and processes, and quantify responses.
● Explore impacts of OAE on climate, oceans, coasts, and marine ecosystems using outputs from numerical simulations.
● Evaluate model data from GFDL-ESM4.1 CDRMIP OAE simulations against publicly available data from similar CMIP6 CDRMIP simulations.
● Present findings at scientific meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
● Active participation in scientific discussions with colleagues and in CDR related working groups or forums.

Minimum Qualifications
● Applicants must have a Ph.D. in oceanography or a related field, and a background in ocean biogeochemical research at the post-doctoral level.
● Necessary skills include experience with climate modeling, the ability to analyze and organize large datasets or model outputs, knowledge of Unix/Linux, and experience with commonly used software and protocols in the oceanographic community including MatLab, Ferret, and/or Python.
● The incumbent must have a proven publication record, strong scientific writing and computer skills, and the ability to communicate science to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
● The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively within a diverse and dynamic team, as well as demonstrate the ability to work independently to complete complex interdisciplinary analyses across fields including climate dynamics, and ocean and coastal biogeochemistry.

Applications should include curriculum vitae, a cover letter stating research interest, experiences and the contact information for three professional references.

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Postdoctoral research associate or graduate research assistant

This new full time post is available immediately on a 15 month fixed term basis.

Summary of the role

The College wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Dr Jamie Shutler. This European Space Agency funded post is available immediately. The successful applicant will work within the European Space Agency (ESA) project Ocean Health – Ocean Acidification which is aiming to further develop the use of satellite observation-based methods for studying and monitoring ocean acidification. This is a European project that includes teams at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Ifremer and a small company called Ocean Data Lab. The successful candidate will be using satellite, model and in situ data to study the marine carbonate system and ocean acidification, with a focus on supporting conservation, and advising mitigation and management decisions (eg for supporting decision making in US and Canadian west-coast states and Pacific ocean small island nations). This will primarily involve i) designing and implementing experiments to study how marine heat waves are impacting the marine carbonate system and how this knowledge can be used to guide mitigation and ii) leading the uncertainty assessment of all data produced by the project teams.

The post will include the design of experiments, scientific software development (eg in Python), statistical analyses of any results, presenting results at project meetings and the co-authoring of journal publications. This is a 15 month fixed length contract with a possibility of extending (subject to funding).

Further information

Please contact Dr Jamie Shutler, e-mail j.d.shutler@exeter.ac.uk or telephone (01326) 259212.

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Laboratory technician, marine and environmental sciences

Job Summary

The Ries Lab at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center is seeking a Laboratory Technician to maintain and operate all systems within its laboratories, exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff and students, order supplies and consumables, act as the lab compliance liaison, manage laboratory waste, maintain the chemical and gas inventory and the BIORAD/EHS webpage, train instrument users, calibrate and operate instruments, run samples for internal and external users, record and tabulate instrument usage, invoice, conduct basic organization and cleaning of the lab, assist with basic or applied research (both laboratory- and field-based), write SOPs, and manage, report, and archive experimental samples and data. The successful applicant will be hard-working, discovery-driven, and intellectually curious. Applicants should have a solid foundation in carbonate biogeochemistry, geology, carbon sequestration, biomineralization, ocean acidification, and/or basic chemistry and possess strong writing and analytical skills. Appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal in subsequent years pending availability of applicable funding.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in initiating, executing, and completing research and experiments
  • Assist with research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.
  • Basic laboratory management (ordering, EHS, chem inventory)
  • Developing and updating standard operating procedures
  • Tracking of instrument usage and invoicing
  • Managing, reporting, and archiving experimental samples and data
  • Repair and maintain scientific instrumentation
  • Operate scientific instruments and run experimental systems
  • Train graduate students, postdocs, staff, and instrument users

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, science major, 2+ years laboratory experience

Experience with the following instrumentation/systems/methods is a plus:

  • Ocean acidification experiments
  • Analysis of calcium carbonate substrates
  • Analysis of seawater DIC/TA
  • Culturing of marine invertebrates and algae
  • Powder X-ray diffraction
  • Light microscopy (digital imaging, variable z-stage, petrographic)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  • Laser ablation
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Energy dispersive spectrometry
  • Electron backscatter diffraction
  • Microelectrode construction and use
  • Preparation of petrographic thin sections using saws and polishers
  • Experience conducting field research (terrestrial and SCUBA)
  • Experience calibrating, deploying, and retrieving environmental sensors
  • Willingness to travel internationally

To apply, visit Laboratory Technician, Marine and Environmental Sciences

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Career opportunities: post-doctoral researcher

Apply before 30/09/2022

The Marine Biology Research group at UGENT is looking for a full-time (100%) Post-doctoral researcher to investigate benthic biogeochemistry and food webs in fjord environments

The fjords on the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) and Greenland experience among the most rapid and dramatic environmental changes in marine ecosystems, with substantial variation in the duration of the sea ice season, advanced glacier retreat, warming of surface waters and shifts in local primary production. Impacts of these changing ice conditions on the benthic ecosystem are complex, and mainly the effects on benthic carbon and nutrient cycling and food web resilience are poorly understood.

YOUR TASKS

This post-doc position will target fundamental research on the impact of changing ice conditions on benthic biogeochemistry and food webs in two polar environments. The successful candidate will participate in research cruises to the west-Antarctic Peninsula and Greenland, collect and process sediment samples, perform biogeochemical measurements and identify benthic communities. The post-doctoral researcher will be engaged in the interdisciplinary research project TANGO (‘Estimating Tipping points in habitability of ANtarctic benthic ecosystems under GlObal future climate change scenarios’) and CANOE (‘Climate chANge impacts on carbon cycling and fOod wEbs in Arctic fjords’). Both projects aim to investigate biogeochemistry and food web structure and stability, in response to declining sea ice conditions (TANGO) and to glacial melt on in Greenlandic fjords (CANOE).

We seek a candidate with a background in marine science, biogeochemistry, biology, or related fields.
The selected candidate will work in the group of Prof. Vanreusel and Prof. Ulrike Braeckman.

  • You are highly motivated to conduct research within an international and interdisciplinary team of researchers, and thus build a professional network and academic career;
  • You will perform fundamental research within the domain of marine biogeochemistry and (food web) ecology;  
  • You prepare and participate regularly in sampling campaigns at sea on location in Antarctic and (sub-)Arctic fjords with lengths of a few days to a few months.
  • You have a strong interest in marine biogeochemistry and ecology;
  • You will support education activities at Ghent University by supervising bachelor and master thesis projects, and by assisting in practical and theoretical biology and ecology classes;
  • You will process the data and communicate the results into one or more scientific papers.


INTERESTED?

Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system. We will perform a pre-selection and invite selected candidates for an interview. The selection committee will review the applications immediately after the application deadline. The interviews will take place at the end of September.

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Job opportunity: associate scientist, MPAs and climate change (job # 1789)

Location: Santa Barbara, CA, United States

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022 (11:49 PM EST) 

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Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY

Science manager– Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change Community of Practice

Research scientist with an advanced degree in marine biology or related field to build a community of practice of MPA managers and stakeholders in an era of rapid climate change, with special emphasis on coordination, communications outreach, and contribution to research in MPA theory and practice.

Position Objective: Build a Community of Practice for MPA managers and planners dealing with climate change and contribute to climate change and marine conservation research. Disseminate cutting-edge research on MPA planning and management for resilience to climate change and connect ocean management stakeholders around the world.

The position addresses fundamental challenges associated with the need to build communities of practice for climate change in conservation communities dealing with ocean biodiversity conservation as ecosystems and species move in response to climate change (including ocean acidification). The position will implement and refine a strategy for building a community of practice in MPAs and climate change and conduct research on program thematic focal areas under the guidance of the lead scientist for CI’s MPAs and climate change initiative.

24-month appointment with the possibility for renewal.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and build a community of practice in MPAs and climate change (reserve managers, including diverse stakeholders).
  • Conduct research on Marine Protected Areas and climate change.
  • Coordinate outreach and communications efforts related to MPAs and climate change.
  • Lead climate assessments and site engagements to guide planning and management for climate-smart MPAs.
  • Contribute to marine climate change research team in focal regions, with the potential to lead research into possible climate change impacts on MPAs and planning/management solutions to the challenges identified.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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UNESCO job opportunity: individual consultant to develop an integrated coral reef monitoring manual for MPA in Vietnam

Duty Station: Bangkok

Duration of contract: From 7 to 11 months

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): 23-SEP-2022

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1. Background and Rationale

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean. The Ocean Decade calls for Decade Actions from diverse stakeholders.

The UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) is the regional body of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) for the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas. Its mission is to advance ocean knowledge in order to assist Member States in the conservation and sustainable development of ocean, seas and marine resources. Meanwhile, The Sub-Commission WESTPAC also assists the IOC to coordinate regional engagement in the UN Ocean Decade.

The Vietnam MPA network has been formed since 2010, following the Prime Minister Decree. Till present  a total of 12 MPAs have been established, with most of them focused on coral reefs habitats. Coral reef monitoring has been conducted in a number of MPAs in Vietnam, using indicators of ReefCheck and Line Intercept Transect (LIT) methods. Periodical data were provided to ReefCheck International database and used for periodical reports on coral reef status by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN). Monitoring data was also used to evaluate management effectiveness in some MPAs such as Nha Trang Bay, Cu lao Cham or National Parks (Con Dao, Phú Quoc). 

Given the fact that monitoring programs in the past mainly focused on ecological indicators, MPA authorities have no data and information to assess the MPA management effectiveness in supporting fisheries recruitment and tourist services. In addition, emerging issues such as ocean acidification, plastic and microplastic, have been generating negative impacts on coral reef, but have not been considered in any monitoring programs. Furthermore, recent monitoring seems not to be sufficient to record coral bleaching which occurred frequently and remain unpredicted. 

2. Key Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for the Asia and Pacific, and the direct supervision of the Head of the WESTPAC Office, the incumbent shall carry out desktop studies, field work, stakeholder consultation, and develop partnerships with relevant institutions, including:

a. Review monitoring techniques which were applied for coral reefs in the Western Pacific, and more specifically in Vietnam, including their socio-economic aspects;

b. Conduct site visits in at least 2 selected MPAs, analyze status in using coral reef resources for fisheries and tourism as well as monitoring requirements, identify appropriate methods for monitoring socio-economic indicators and emerging issues;

c. Contact (online) MPA authorities in Vietnam, analyze monitoring requirements, and identify their existing monitoring capacity;

d. Develop and publish an integrated coral reef monitoring manual for MPAs in Vietnam, taking into account the conventional monitoring methods and emerging requirements for understanding the impacts of ocean acidification, marine plastic debris, including their socio-economic aspects;

e. Conduct demonstration workshop (s) for MPAs in Vietnam, and assist in the establishment of needed monitoring capacity;

f. Prepare and produce various reports associated with the Specific Tasks outlined above;

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Assistant Professor, Biology, Global Change Ecology

Job no: 517800
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco

Applications close: Open Until Filled

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Global Change Ecology to begin August 2023. We seek applicants conducting research in Global Change Ecology, broadly defined (e.g., climate change, biodiversity loss, land use change, invasive species). We welcome scientists developing an externally funded research program towards a comprehensive and holistic understanding of the effects and consequences of global change on ecological systems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and coupled natural-human systems across temporal and spatial scales. Research foci may include nature-based adaptation solutions to reduce the causes and impacts of global change (e.g., sea level rise, carbon emissions, fire, ocean acidification, nutrient pollution, hypoxia, etc.). We are open to all research approaches, including experimental field-based research, computational or mathematical modeling, and/or machine learning within the context of natural communities or at the urban/natural ecosystem interface. The successful candidate may also address how social justice and incorporating traditional ecological knowledge fits into understanding and addressing global change through research or outreach. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the SFSU academic community by working on important and relevant research areas, whose teaching and research engages our diverse student body and improves their academic success, and whose service is meaningful to our institution as well as the broader community.

Responsibilities

The position requires both graduate and undergraduate teaching in biology. Curricular contributions could include Introductory Biology, Climate change, Evolution, Ecology, Research Design and Data Analysis, and specialty courses in the candidate’s area of research focus at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to engage, mentor, and advise undergraduate and master’s students in directed research. The successful candidate is also expected to continue an active, externally-funded research program in their area of expertise, and to participate in committee and service assignments at the department and university level, and to their professional community.

Qualifications

Required

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and post-doctoral experience in a biology or biology-related field are required. 
  • Record of scientific and mentorship accomplishments in biology and global change ecology. 
  • Evidence of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

Application Procedure

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Ocean acidification research center student assistant – CFOS (job number: 521478)

Location/School: Fairbanks/UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science

Application dealine: 30 July 2023

Position Summary:

The Ocean Acidification Research Center in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF is looking for a Student Laboratory Assistant. This position must be performed in-person and offers flexible part-time hours between Monday and Friday, 8am to 5pm, making it easy to accommodate course schedules.

Duties:

The Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) is a chemical oceanography laboratory applying quantitative chemical techniques to measure the marine carbonate system. The candidate will work with other OARC members on a variety of laboratory duties including: Analysis of seawater samples, solution preparation, data entry, laboratory supply inventory, shipping and receiving.

Job Overview:

If you enjoy oceanography, chemistry, or environmental sciences and are looking for experience in a research laboratory, consider joining our team! This position is in the Ocean Acidification Research Center in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF. Visit https://www.uaf.edu/cfos/research/oarc/ to learn more about our research. The ideal candidate will be an eligible UAF student located on the Fairbanks Troth Yeddha’ campus.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Excellent math skills, ability to compare numbers and identify discrepancies. Microsoft Office skill (i.e. Word and Excel) and Google Drive. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Possess a high level of organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Required Education or Training:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be enrolled as a UA student taking a minimum of 6 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or a newly enrolled student.
  • UAF laboratory training courses will be given upon acceptance of position.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on Tuesday, September 6th.

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Job opportunity: assistant professor, biology, global change ecology (517800)

Deadline for application: 15 October 2022

Job Description:

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Global Change Ecology to begin August 2023. We seek applicants conducting research in Global Change Ecology, broadly defined (e.g., climate change, biodiversity loss, land use change, invasive species). We welcome scientists developing an externally funded research program towards a comprehensive and holistic understanding of the effects and consequences of global change on ecological systems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and coupled natural-human systems across temporal and spatial scales. Research foci may include nature-based adaptation solutions to reduce the causes and impacts of global change (e.g., sea level rise, carbon emissions, fire, ocean acidification, nutrient pollution, hypoxia, etc.). We are open to all research approaches, including experimental field-based research, computational or mathematical modeling, and/or machine learning within the context of natural communities or at the urban/natural ecosystem interface. The successful candidate may also address how social justice and incorporating traditional ecological knowledge fits into understanding and addressing global change through research or outreach. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the SFSU academic community by working on important and relevant research areas, whose teaching and research engages our diverse student body and improves their academic success, and whose service is meaningful to our institution as well as the broader community.

Responsibilities

The position requires both graduate and undergraduate teaching in biology. Curricular contributions could include Introductory Biology, Climate change, Evolution, Ecology, Research Design and Data Analysis, and specialty courses in the candidate’s area of research focus at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, the successful candidate will be required to engage, mentor, and advise undergraduate and master’s students in directed research. The successful candidate is also expected to continue an active, externally-funded research program in their area of expertise, and to participate in committee and service assignments at the department and university level, and to their professional community.

Qualifications

Required

  • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and post-doctoral experience in a biology or biology-related field are required.
  • Record of scientific and mentorship accomplishments in biology and global change ecology.
  • Evidence of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

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Technical officer – laboratory & aquaria

Applications close: 24 August 2022

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Description

As our Technical Officer – Laboratory and Aquaria you will join a small, dedicated team and contribute to the daily operations of our state-of-the-art aquaria laboratory ensuring compliance with health, safety and environment protocols and integrity of procedures are maintained.  You will administer laboratory experiments as well as generate high quality data measurements and analysis reports. You will also support multiple research projects with competing deadlines and may also provide occasional field support for various research groups.

Your work will directly support our ecotoxicological research group and you will be the primary contributor for the husbandry of broodstock marine biota. 

At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions.  In line with our Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 3 salary ($68,759 to $77,477 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Full-time, Permanent opportunity
  • Located in Darwin (NT). Relocation Assistance available
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions

About you

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your tertiary qualification in a relevant field (biology, environmental science, or ecotoxicology) and/or equivalent technical experience working in a laboratory environment, including the use of analytical equipment and microscopes. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • Sound understanding of biology, chemistry and ecotoxicology and the ability to maintain live biota in a recirculating aquaria system;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment and to demonstrate flexibility and effective collaboration to meet project demands and deadlines;
  • Willingness to learn and implement new skills, whilst also recognising continuous improvement opportunities for outputs and performance; and
  • High attention to detail and excellent technical report writing skills. 

Next Step:

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description, which is included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find a link to our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria within the scope of the position description, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Submitting your Application:

Please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form via our e-recruitment system which can be accessed via the “apply now” button below.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Position enquiries are to be directed to Joost Van Dam at j.vandam@aims.gov.au

Applications close: WEDNESDAY, 24 AUGUST 2022 (midnight, AEST).

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Research scientist 4 – moored carbon

The Carbon Group at UW CICOES (located at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory [PMEL] at Sand Point in Seattle, WA) has an exciting opportunity to support the mission of cutting-edge research and technology development in ocean carbon monitoring (www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/).

The primary mission of this project is to evaluate variability and long-term change in air-sea CO2 flux and ocean acidification by conducting sustained, highly-resolved autonomous measurements and further developing ocean observing technologies for expanding and improving these measurements.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Serves as co-lead on operational activities, including developing and coordinating standardization related to lab quality assurance (QA) activities and data quality control (QC), based on project research priorities. Drafts standard operating procedure documentation for public dissemination. Schedules, prepares, and leads regular team meetings on these topics as needed.
• Serves as one of the primary points of contact within the project for planning and carrying out autonomous observing field operations. Maintains communications with project personnel and external partners to ensure critical time-sensitive information is received and necessary actions are taken.
• Coordinates staffing schedules and designates staffing assignments for supporting deployment of autonomous observing platforms. Documents notes related to field operations and sensor performance.
• Supervises research scientists. Works with employees to establish goals and performance time lines. Mentors employees and serves as employee advocate. Conducts employee performance reviews.
• Contributes to the group’s data QC efforts on delayed-mode carbon and biogeochemical data, ensuring timely public access to observational data. This may include developing data QC reports for internal review, submission of data, consistency checks among several data archives and products, and evaluating and applying innovative approaches to data QC.
• Assists CICOES PIs with CICOES budgets and reports. Fields, directs, and/or responds to requests for marine carbon information, data, and graphics.
• Represents the project at internal (PMEL) and external forums such as meetings and working groups relevant to autonomous carbon observing

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum 6 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Demonstrated skill (at least 2 years of experience) with supervising employees.
• Knowledge of oceanographic operations related to autonomous equipment and platforms.
• Ability and interest to learn and/or apply programming languages, such as Python, MATLAB, and LabVIEW.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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Assistant research scientist/faculty specialist position to support NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Department: UMD/ESSIC/CISESS

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Duties:

The University of Maryland / Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (UMD/CISESS) is looking for a talented and self-motivated candidate to start a new and promising career supporting the research, development, and transition projects funded by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Responsibilities include:

(a) Supporting ocean acidification data management and data product development;

(b) Generating gridded coastal and global ocean data products by using NCEI’s World Ocean Atlas tools (Fortran based);

(c) Support environmental data management activities for shipboard data owned and collected by OMAO, e.g., archival support, maintenance of existing OMAO specific products and services, and annual reporting.

The incumbent is encouraged to conduct collaborative research with NOAA scientists. This position requires occasional travel to both domestic and international destinations to present at meetings and conferences.  This is a multiple-year position with good potential for promotion, subject to annual performance evaluation and renewal.

Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree (or above) in oceanography and related physical sciences (including STEM)
  • Excellent skills with the FORTRAN, Python, and SQL programming
  • Proficient in verbal and written English, and presentation skills
  • U.S. citizenship or Permanent resident (Green Card holder) is required.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a CV with a list of at least 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the posted requirements to Liqing.Jiang@noaa.gov.

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Open position: engineer in ocean acidification – deadline 01 August 2022

About the position

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has a permanent position available for 1087 head engineer for measurements of inorganic carbon and greenhouse gases with a focus on the ocean’s chemical change, such as ocean acidification. The position is permanent and located in the research group Oceanography and Climate, with the workplace in Tromsø. The research group covers broadly disciplines within physical, chemical and bio-physical oceanography and climate research.

Tasks

The employed engineer will be part of the team in chemical oceanography in Tromsø, and work with the full breadth of this team with a focus on collecting and analysing water samples from projects and cruises and contribute to operations and chemical analyses at the CO2 laboratory in Tromsø. The bulk of the work will be directed at Norwegian waters but work within the EAF Nansen programme will also be a significant part of the work of the employed candidate. In this work, the employed candidate is expected to contribute to the operation of the chemical workstation on board, as well as training of the local participants. The position involves participation in research cruises lasting up to one month, ranging from polar to equatorial sea areas.

The main tasks in the position will be to:

  • contribute to the daily operation of the team’s CO2-laboratory in Tromsø
  • support the EAF Nansen programme with cruise participation and training
  • support FG Sustainable development in the operation of the EAF Nansen programme
  • analyse seawater and sea ice for pH, total alkalinity and total inorganic carbon in connection with monitoring of ocean acidification
  • participate in coordination, planning, and implementation of field and cruise activities
  • quality assurance of marine chemical data

Qualification requirements and desirable competence

For the position, we seek a person with an education at least to master’s level with relevant experience and good knowledge of biological and chemical marine processes. Experience in analytical chemistry and marine chemical instrumentation is an advantage. Furthermore, it is an advantage to have experience of quality assurance of the data and a good systematic approach.

It is an advantage if you have experience with analysis of other biological and chemical parameters such as nutrient salts, oxygen, salinity and chlorophyll. Experience from cruise participation, especially in open sea areas, is also a benefit.

The working language at IMR is Norwegian. Being able to communicate well in Norwegian is an important prerequisite for both the employee and the department. It is expected that non-Norwegian-speaking employees complete Norwegian courses during the first two years of the employment. Norwegian language training will be covered by the department after completed and passed courses. Training in Norwegian will be given to non-proficient candidates who will be expected to reach B-1 level within two years after employment. Furthermore, the candidate must be fluent in both oral and written English.

To find out more, follow this link.

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PhD studentship: what does the future hold for European shelf seas ecosystems? 

The University of Exeter’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence, in partnership with the UK Hydrographic Office, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Application deadline: midnight on 9th June 2022

Location: Mathematics, Streatham Campus, Exeter

Funding: For eligible students the studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £16,062 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study

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Application process:

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 

  • CV
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests and expertise, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

Proposed research:

This project will research the details of processes through which marine ecosystems on the European Shelf are impacted by atmospheric CO2. It will examine how identified changes, their drivers, and feedback mechanisms in turn affect the shelf seas’ biogeochemistry, health, and biodiversity, with special emphasis on the organic and inorganic particle load that changes seawater clarity. Based on the identified changes and drivers, the future evolution of shelf seas’ biogeochemistry will be numerically predicted.

We will utilise existing data, complemented by collecting new observations, together with statistical and high-resolution numerical modelling, as well as machine learning techniques.
Data sources to be utilised that are publicly available include remotely sensed data and reanalysis data, and in-situ observations.

Remotely sensed and reanalysis data can be used to identify ocean surface chlorophyll concentrations (a proxy for phytoplankton activity), coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM; an indicator of organic matter), as well as particulate matter, temperature, salinity, ocean currents, wind speed, etc.

Applying statistical modelling and machine learning techniques, we will identify hindcasts of the drivers of marine ecosystem variability, utilising these data.

Existing in-situ observations will be used to validate any resulting drivers; depending on field-work regulations, we are hoping to be able to enhance the in-situ observational datasets by collecting and analysing additional samples for relevant parameters.

Additionally, we will utilise a high-resolution coastal biogeochemical model to study the processes driving change. Finally, using all obtained results and understanding, we will use predictive modelling to identify potential shelf sea ecosystem conditions in decades to come. 

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AOOS is hiring

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Application deadline: 25 May 2022

More information and application procedure.

To apply, submit a resume and a letter of interest with your proposal on what roles you could fill and at what level of effort per week to Holly Kent at Kent@AOOS.org.

AOOS is seeking to fill three roles within our organization:

  • Ocean Acidification Network Coordinator
  • Outreach Director
  • Community Engagement Coordinator

Due to their overlapping and synchronous natures, these roles could be filled by one or more employees working anywhere from a half-time to a  full-time basis.

AOOS is a regional network representing a consortium of federal, state and local agencies, research organizations, and private industry committed to tracking, predicting, and adapting to changes in Alaska’s coastal and ocean environment. AOOS is part of the national Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). AOOS works in partnership with Axiom Data Science to maintain the Ocean Data Explorer data portal.

Responsibilities for the OA Network Coordinator include:

  • Working with scientists to improve research coordination on OA in Alaska (identifying gaps, highlighting priorities, communicating across disciplines);
  • Engaging with stakeholders to identify OA information needs around the state and develop strategies within the network to best meet those needs;
  • Forming and facilitating connections between OA researchers and Alaska stakeholders;
  • Facilitating meetings, working groups, and workshops that include researchers, fishermen, Tribes, shellfish growers, educators, and others (separately or together);
  • Expanding engagement with rural and Tribal communities;
  • Presenting at public forums, including to local communities, interested stakeholder groups, and at national meetings and conferences;
  • Distilling new ocean acidification findings into understandable terms and developing outreach
    materials for a variety of audiences;
  • Maintaining and expanding OA Network communication pathways (network website, social media, monthly electronic newsletter, etc.); and
  • Engaging with the ocean acidification community beyond Alaska (NOAA’s Ocean Acidification program, other ocean acidification networks and researchers, the Global Ocean Acidification Network, etc.).

Responsibilities for the Outreach Coordinator include:

  • Translating marine science into understandable language for diverse audiences through outreach materials, presentations, and engagement;
  • Working with AOOS staff to update and implement the AOOS outreach plan;
  • Working with Axiom staff to expand outreach and usability of the AOOS data portal;
  • Giving public presentations and representing the AOOS program in public forums;
  • Maintaining the AOOS website, social media, impact report, newsletters, and other existing outlets while looking for new avenues for communication and engagement;
  • Supporting existing and new partnerships related to coastal hazards, navigation safety, climate change, and ecosystem impacts; and
  • Assisting with other aspects of the AOOS program.

Responsibilities for the Community Engagement Coordinator include:

  • Expanding relationships with stakeholders across Alaska to help understand stakeholder needs and ensure AOOS is producing products and resources to meet those needs;
  • Working with Program Coordinators to develop community engagement strategies for AOOS programs including the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, the Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Network, the Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring Network, and the Regional Ocean Data Sharing Partnership;
  • Expanding engagement with rural and Tribal communities;
  • Facilitating meetings, working groups, and workshops that include researchers, fishermen, Tribes, shellfish growers, educators, and others (separately or together);
  • Translating marine science into understandable language for diverse audiences through outreach materials, presentations, and engagement;
  • Giving public presentations and representing the AOOS program in public forums; and
  • Assisting with other aspects of the AOOS program.
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Postdoctoral opportunity: One Ocean Hub PDRA

Salary: UE07 £34,304 – £40,927 (per annum)

Location: College of Science and Engineering – School of GeoSciences

Duration: Fixed-term contract (15 months) – Full time

Interviews will be held at the end of May/start of June.

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We are looking for a PDRA with a proven interest in how marine organisms respond to various stressors and the ability to design and run multiple stressor experiments. Cold-water corals are under threat from combined environmental and anthropogenic stressors. In order to understand how these vulnerable marine ecosystems will change in the coming decades, controlled experiments are required to test how single and multiple stressors will impact their survival and proliferation.

The PDRA will be primarily responsible for managing and conducting long-term multiple stressor experiments (deoxygenation, ocean acidification and changes in temperature) on the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. This will include physiological assessment of the coral health, manipulation and monitoring of seawater chemistry, and skeletal analysis of coral samples. The PDRA will analyse impacts of multiple stressors on L. pertusa to underpin work being done in the UK GRCF-funded One Ocean Hub (OOH) and the EU H2020-funded iAtlantic project to understand the impacts of climate change to cold-water coral reef framework, and what this may mean to these biodiversity rich ecosystems. The experiments will take place in the experimental mesocosms at the St Abbs. Marine Station.

The primary role of the PDRA is to lead on the long-term experimentation of Lophelia pertusa in multiple stressor systems. This includes husbandry of the live coral, modification of sampling points depending on preliminary data, managing the different experimental conditions (setting, monitoring and recording seawater parameters including carbonate chemistry), conducting periodic physiological measurements on L. pertusa including respiration and growth, and assessing skeletal characteristics of the coral skeletons. The PDRA would lead on the compilation, quality checking, refinement, and analysis of these different data types. A secondary role would be to document the processes involved and record these in a way to be used as a training tool for researchers interested in doing similar research.

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PhD studentship: developing meaningful marine biodiversity indicators to support conservation

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2022.

Application deadline: 20 May 2022

Interview: 7 June 2022

Location: Plymounth

Funding: UK students, EU students, International students

Funding amount: £16,062 per annum + full Home tuition fees

Apply

To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Biological Sciences (and select the entry point of October 2022),then clearly state that you are applying for a PhD and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

Online application

Before applying, please ensure you have read the Doctoral College’s general information on applying for a research degree.

For more information on the admissions process please contact doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk.

Project description

At the base of marine foodwebs, changes in plankton communities affect ecosystem services, including climate change mitigation and fisheries yield. A suite of plankton indicators, developed in collaboration with policy-makers, are used to assess aspects of plankton diversity, functioning, and productivity for UK/EU biodiversity policy. There is now an urgent need to address key questions on what the observed changes in these indicators mean for natural capital and ecosystem services and how the indicators respond to climate change, including extreme events. Answering these questions is urgently required to provide robust scientific information to inform decision-making.

Methodology

The student will apply statistical modelling approaches to data from the world’s most extensive plankton network to 1) develop policy-relevant plankton indicators for climate change (including ocean acidification); 2) analyse relationships between plankton indicators, determining which are most robust for inclusion in policy assessments; 3) investigate links between plankton indicators and existing foodweb indicators to understand how these relationships change spatio-temporally, and 4) explore what changes in these indicators mean for natural capital and ecosystem services. This work will be in collaboration with policy working groups and Defra to ensure relevance of outputs to UK/EU marine biodiversity and natural capital policy frameworks.

Training 

The student will receive training in spatial-temporal analysis of large datasets, statistical techniques, natural capital, and application of science to policy through participation in UK and international science-policy workshops, expanding the student’s personal network through working with scientists and key policy stakeholders involved in the UK/EU marine biodiversity conservation community.

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