[ES_JOBS_NET] Ph.D. Research Opportunity -- Impact of Ocean Acidification on Coral Biomineralization

Ries, Justin j.ries at neu.edu
Mon Nov 10 13:33:12 MST 2014

The Ries Lab (http://nuweb2.neu.edu/rieslab/) in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (MSC) seeks a graduate student interested in conducting federally funded research on the impact of ocean acidification on coral biomineralization to begin summer/fall 2015. Research will include employing a multi-disciplinary approach to quantifying the impact of ocean acidification on the carbonate chemistry of corals’ calcifying fluids.  This opportunity affords access to newly acquired state-of-the-art analytical equipment at the MSC, including a laser ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer for trace element analysis, a powder x-ray diffractometer for mineralogical characterization, and a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometry and electron backscatter diffraction for micro-imaging and elemental/mineralogical mapping of skeletal ultrastructure, and a 72-tank array for conducting ocean acidification experiments.  The selected graduate student will receive interdisciplinary training in carbonate geochemistry, coral biomineralization, and global oceanic change. The graduate student will be based at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (http://www.northeastern.edu/marinescience/), located on the shores of Massachusetts Bay on the Nahant tombolo (13 miles north of downtown Boston).  The renovated MSC features a state-of-the-art flow through seawater facility, direct access to classic New England rocky shore intertidal study sites, an in-house SCUBA program, and small-craft research vessels.  Highly motivated and creative individuals with strong writing and analytical skills are encouraged to apply.  Interested individuals should apply to Northeastern’s Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences’ Ph.D. program (http://www.northeastern.edu/mes/academics/graduate-degrees/eemb/) at https://neugrad.askadmissions.net/emtinterestpage.aspx?ip=account.  Applications are due December 15, 2014.  Please direct specific inquiries to Prof. Justin Ries (j.ries at neu.edu<mailto:j.ries at neu.edu>).


Justin B. Ries, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Marine Science Center
430 Nahant Rd
Northeastern University
Nahant, MA 01908
j.ries at neu.edu<mailto:j.ries at neu.edu>
office: 781-581-7370 ext. 342
cell: 919-536-9070
fax: 781-581-6076
web: http://nuweb2.neu.edu/rieslab/

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