[Coral-List] 2 Msc thesis opportunities in deep-sea invertebrate communities at the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Patricia Marti-Puig patypuig at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 12:48:45 EST 2017

Dear coral-list,

We have 2 master thesis opportunities for a national (Ecuatorian) or international students in Collaboration with a university advisor, with an interest to work on the deep-sea benthic invertebrate communities in the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).

Research topics:

- Baseline study assessing the composition of deep-sea benthic invertebrate communities in the GMR
- Ecological and social values of deep-sea invertebrate communities in the GMR

Project background

Since 2015 the Charles Darwin Research Station, in collaboration with various deep-sea expedition cruises and research institutes, embarked on the first research project dedicated study seamount ecosystems in the Galapagos Marine reserve.  More than 20 previously unchartered seamounts were explored through the use of ROVs and manned submersibles totaling close to one hundred seamount dives. Apart from the 500 biological samples that were collected during those cruises, over 200 hours of video and 40.000 pictures were shot across all documented seamounts.

The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) is looking for a graduate student in marine sciences to undertake a thesis project as part of our Seamounts Project in collaboration with the university MSc program of the student. During their time here the student will be an important member of the Seamounts Project, whose objective is to assist in the first ever comprehensive ecological and social characterisation of deep-sea invertebrate communities across numerous seamounts inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). This is a unique opportunity to be part of the first deep-sea baseline study of seamounts in the GMR and the discovery of deep-sea species that very likely are new to science. Moreover, the student will have the opportunity to work with a team of international scientists and experience life on an island community inside one of the most unique marine reserves.

Please, see PDF attached to find more details on the projects and application details. 

Best regards,



Patricia Martí Puig, Ph.D.
Senior Marine Ecologist
Seamounts and Subtidal Monitoring Program- Galapagos Marine Reserve
Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF)
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Galápagos, Ecuador
Cel: +593 (0) 98 485 7821; Office: +593 52 526 146 Ext 123
E-mail: patricia.martipuig at fcdarwin.org.ec <mailto:patricia.martipuig at fcdarwin.org.ec>
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