PhD available

Murray Roberts mr-t at
Wed Apr 17 10:03:04 EDT 2002

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

PhD Studentship

'Environmental sensitivity of cold water corals'
This 3 year studentship will start in September 2002 and will be based
at =
the SAMS Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory near Oban on the west coast of =
Scotland. The project will involve close liaison with the offshore oil =
industry through the Atlantic Frontier Environment Network. The work
will =
entail periods of time offshore for which full training will be given.
The =
research will examine the sensitivity of cold-water corals to
 disturbance, particularly in relation to drilling discharges and will =
focus on four broad themes:
=B7 Mapping current coral distribution in relation to drilling activity
=B7 Monitoring the coral environment in situ
=B7 Isotopic, trace element and hydrocarbon analysis of coral skeleton
=B7 Effect of environmental disturbance on coral behaviour and

Candidates should possess a minimum of a First or Upper 2nd class degree
in biological or environmental sciences and excellent communication =
skills. Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter by 10 May
2002. =
For more information contact Murray Roberts, The Scottish Association
for =
Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA,
UK. Tel: +44 (0)1631-559000, Fax: +44 (0)1631-559001, e-mail:
m.roberts at dml=, website:
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