|Agency, Location||USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS|
|Salary||Masters -$22,800/year, PhD -$24,000/year|
Project options focus on Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. The ocean quahog focus is on the population dynamics of the oldest noncolonial marine animal. The project involves developing age-frequency distributions for this animal, modeling population dynamics, and examining the influence of global warming on population dynamics over the last 200 years. The surfclam project focuses on the evaluation of the effect of wind turbine development on the continental shelf on the surfclam fishery using a newly-developed coupled fishery-population dynamics model. The successful candidate will develop a thesis or dissertation project on the subject. Mentors will include Eric Powell at USM, Roger Mann at VIMS, and John Klinck at ODU. The research is supported by the NSF Science Center for Marine Fisheries (www.SCeMFiS.org) and BOEM. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with SCeMFiS industry and academic partners in this Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC).
BS or MS degree in biology, ecology, marine science, fisheries, or related field with demonstrated competency in mathematics or statistics, and numerical modeling. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores in the upper 50th percentiles and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system).
Dr. Eric Powell ([email protected])