[Coral-List] Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant Coastal Resource Management

shona paterson shonapaterson at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 12:26:19 EDT 2011

@font-face {
  font-family: "Cambria";
}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }a:link, span.MsoHyperlink { color: blue; text-decoration: underline; }a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed { color: purple; text-decoration: underline; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }

Apologies for cross posting

Graduate Research Assistant


Social Science and Policy

Institute for Coastal Science and Policy

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC


The Human Dimensions Lab is a social science
research unit within the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (http://www.ecu.edu/icsp/ICSP/Home.html).

Our purpose is to assist federal, state, and
local resource management agencies, programs, and NGOs seeking to include
social science capacities within marine and coastal management frameworks by
conducting research and assisting staff.


We are seeking a Ph.D. student. The preferred
start date is the Fall Semester 2011, however a January, 2012 start date would also
be considered. This position would fall under the academic program of study of
the Coastal Resources Management Ph.D. Program at ECU (http://www.ecu.edu/crm/)


Responsibilities: In general, the successful
candidate will be expected to focus on and acquire knowledge in the social and
behavioral sciences and apply this knowledge to coastal marine resource issues. 
The development of strong quantitative research and analysis skills will be
required. The
Coastal Resources Management Program requires a minor in either Coastal
Geosciences or Coastal Estuarine Ecology. The successful candidate will also be
expected to pursue publication in various appropriate scholarly publication
outlets, including refereed journals, conference proceedings and technical
reports, and to attend and participate in national and regional professional


Several research projects are typically in
progress, and the student will be expected to participate in some or all of
them.  Self-motivation and independent work capabilities are important.
Some recent projects include 1) The human dimensions of reef resilience in the
Florida Keys, 2) The social implications of coastal restoration in Zuma Beach,
CA and 3) The economic and social effects of changing shorelines in the North
Atlantic Region. Current projects include 1) Understanding marine recreational
uses of Biscayne Bay National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park and 2) Designing
a socio-economic monitoring plan for fisheries in the North Atlantic Region.
Future projects will likely include research in Hawaii focusing on beach
management issues and social vulnerability to coastal hazards. 


Qualifications: 1) The ability to work
collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team and to assume
leadership roles for research projects.  2) Masters in the behavioral
sciences or natural resources disciplines.  3) An ability to conduct
research, with basic course work in research methods and statistical
applications completed.  4) Good communication skills; good writing and
public speaking abilities.  5) Previous professional experience in the
coastal environment is preferred, but not required.


Compensation: Contingent on funding, the
position will be available on or before August 22, 2011. An annual stipend of
$22,000 is provided for the first year.  Funding in subsequent years is
likely, but not guaranteed.  With the stipend comes a waiver of tuition,
and basic health care. It is expected that the successful candidate will apply
to become a resident of North Carolina by the end of their first year in the
Program (if appropriate).


Contact: Send resume, letter of interest
summarizing qualifications, and three references to: David K. Loomis, Associate
Professor, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, Flanagan Building, East
Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353 (loomisd at ecu.edu).
Tel: 252-737-4263. The position will be advertised until filled.


More information about the Coral-List mailing list