[Coral-List] Post-doctoral position available: algal-herbivore-coral interactions
benjamin.ruttenberg at noaa.gov
Fri Jul 15 12:18:09 EDT 2011
NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center and Florida International
University (FIU) seek to hire a post-doctoral researcher to examine the
relationship between herbivores (especially parrotfishes), algae, and
corals on coral reefs.
Specific tasks are twofold:
1) review, analyze, and synthesize existing information from the
literature, critically examining the relationships between herbivory
(with an emphasis on parrotfishes), algae and coral, and the
context-dependent nature of these relationships (e.g. effects of
geography or proximity to large population centers, land-based sources
of pollution, fishing pressure, MPA protection, etc.), as well as
identifying gaps in our current knowledge of these factors;
2) conduct field studies to begin addressing the most critical data gaps
in our knowledge of the effects of parrotfish on algal assemblages and
coral communities (e.g. size- and age-based demographic patterns,
grazing rates/feeding preferences different parrotfish species, effects
of habitats and geographical locations, role of parrotfish corallivory,
The successful applicant will have a strong background in reef fish
ecology, coral ecology/biology, and/or coral-algal interactions, with an
excellent publication record commensurate with his/her career stage.
Applicants should also have outstanding oral and written communication
skills, a strong quantitative background, and work well in a
collaborative environment. Experience conducting field studies in
tropical marine environments (including SCUBA and small boat experience)
is necessary. Familiarity with tropical western Atlantic/Caribbean coral
reef ecosystems is desired.
The post-doc will be based in Miami, FL and hired through FIU, jointly
supervised by Drs. Deron Burkepile (FIU) and Benjamin Ruttenberg (NOAA).
The successful applicant will split time between the offices of NOAA and
FIU and potential field sites in the Florida Keys, U.S. Virgin Islands,
and Puerto Rico. Anticipated start date is late summer-fall 2011, but is
flexible. The position is expected to last for two years. Expected
products will include technical reports and peer-reviewed publications
for both the data synthesis and field-based portions of the project.
Review of applications will begin July 25.
Potential candidates should send a short letter of interest along with a
CV to Drs. Burkepile (dburkepi at fiu.edu) and Ruttenberg
(benjamin.ruttenberg at noaa.gov).
Florida International University is an equal opportunity employer. Women
and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
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