[Coral-List] Coral Reef Scientist Contract Work Opportunity

Bob Buddemeier buddrw2 at neptune.kgs.ku.edu
Fri Nov 12 15:58:57 EST 2010

Coral Reef Scientist Contract Work Opportunity

Stratus Consulting is searching for a coral reef consultant or subcontractor to work as an independent contractor on an EPA-funded project, beginning in November 2010. The Climate Change Division (CCD) of EPA is interested in understanding the potential impact of climate change on coral reef cover and related ecosystem services in Hawaii and the Caribbean.  Previous work done by Stratus Consulting, and supported by the CCD, has used the COMBO coral reef model to quantify climate change impacts on coral reefs in Oahu and the U.S. Virgin Islands (see Buddemeier et al., 2008).  However, more work needs to be done to more fully characterize the likely impacts of climate change in Hawaii and the Caribbean. Stratus Consulting is searching for outside assistance for this next phase of research.

The work will involve:
- Identifying additional areas in Hawaii or the Caribbean that could be used to help calibrate the COMBO model; this would entail identifying locations with detailed temperature, coral cover, and bleaching event records
- Assembling, organizing and analyzing temperature and coral reef cover data for those locations
- Calibrating the COMBO model with the newly acquired data.

For more background on the COMBO model, see: Buddemeier, R., P. Jokiel, K. Zimmerman, D. Lane, J. Carey, G. Bohling, and J. Martinich. 2008. A modeling tool to evaluate regional coral reef responses to changes in climate and ocean chemistry. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 6:395-411.  Available:
Also see: http://cfpub.epa.gov/crem/knowledge_base/crem_report.cfm?deid=227622

Key qualifications:
- PhD in coral reef ecology, tropical fisheries, or related discipline, or equivalent expertise in terms of combined training and professional experience
- Experience conducting research in tropical marine ecosystems
- Extensive experience in locating, assembling, organizing and analyzing information from disparate sources
- Strong quantitative analytical skills
- Internet access and access to appropriate computing resources.

Assignment details:
The contractor would conduct this work from their own location using their personal computing resources. The work is expected to take up to 200 hours, over a time period of approximately four months. The contractor would be paid on a time and materials basis, with hourly rate dependent on experience. Travel to Boulder, CO or Washington, DC for one or two meetings might be required. This assignment is open to an individual or to an entity (for-profit or non-profit organization) that could serve as a subcontractor.

How to Apply:
Please submit a CV and cover letter describing your experience and availability and including your proposed hourly rate via our online application system at:

If you require more information before applying, please contact Diana Lane at dlane at stratusconsulting.com

Stratus Consulting is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Calls will not be accepted. EOE/M/F/D/V.

(Submitted by Bob Buddemeier, who has NO role in the contracting process -- contact Diana Lane (above)

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