[Coral-List] Masters Opportunity at Cal Poly for project in Caribbean

Benjamin Ruttenberg bruttenb at calpoly.edu
Sun Jan 5 16:08:29 EST 2014

Master’s Student Opportunity at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA to work in
Barbuda, West Indies.

The Ruttenberg Lab at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (
seeks a master’s student to work on a project developing a long-term
fisheries monitoring program for the coral reef fisheries of the island of
Barbuda. Barbuda is part of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, located in
the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea. The project is part of the
Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative, designed to improve management of coral reef
ecosystems (http://waittfoundation.org/blue-halo-initiative-barbuda). The
student will be based in San Luis Obispo, CA, on the California Central
Coast, with some travel to Barbuda required. More information about the Cal
Poly Biology Graduate Program is available here:

The primary goal of the project is to develop a long-term monitoring
program for local fisheries, including conch, lobster, and reef fish, but
there will be opportunities to explore questions related to these fisheries
and the marine ecosystems around Barbuda. Funding for the project includes
tuition, stipend, and costs related to field work.

This is a specific project, and therefore requires a student with a
specific skill set, including:

1. Experience living and working in small communities in the Caribbean, and
experience with Caribbean culture.

2. Knowledge of Caribbean fauna, including fish and corals.

3. Extensive research dive experience, ideally in the Caribbean.

4. Experience conducting field work in remote locations

5. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA

Desired qualifications:

1. Experience with databases and data management (e.g. MS Access and Excel)

2. Experience with GIS

3. Experience leading field expeditions

Interested candidates should email Dr. Benjamin Ruttenberg with a
*brief*description of his/her qualifications and interest in the Cal
Poly MS
program and the project.

Application deadline for Cal Poly is Feb 1.

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