[ES_JOBS_NET] NSF Funded PhD: Compound-specific stable isotopes, Antarctic predators & climate change
marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Aug 31 09:28:45 MDT 2015
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From: Michael Polito <mpolito at whoi.edu>
Date: Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 10:35 PM
Seeking a highly motivated student to begin graduate research (Ph.D.
candidate) at Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Department of Oceanography
and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) in the Spring or Fall of 2016. The student will
join a multi-institution team of researchers from LSU, UC Santa Cruz, UNC
Wilmington, and the University of Saskatchewan on a multi-disciplinary,
NSF- funded project to reconstruct recent and long-term shifts in the
Antarctic marine food web.
The student will be based in the Polito Lab at LSU (
www.oceanography.lsu.edu/politolab) but will also work closely with Dr.
Kelton McMahon and Dr. Matthew McCarthy at UC Santa Cruz (
http://keltonmcmahon.sites.ucsc.edu). Specifically, the student will use
bulk and compound-specific stable isotope analysis of modern and ancient
penguins and other Antarctic krill predators to test hypotheses on trophic
versus baseline ecosystem shifts related to climate change and competitive
release following historic whale and seal harvesting. This position will
include extensive laboratory work at LSU and UCSC as well as field work in
Antarctica. Four years of NSF-funded tuition and stipend support are
available for the selected candidate and additional support is available
via DOCS teaching assistantships and other institutional sources.
Desired qualifications include: 1) M.S. degree in biology, ecology, marine
science, chemistry, or relevant discipline, 2) Relevant laboratory
experience, particularly with stable isotope analyses, and 3) relevant
field experience, particularly in remote settings.
To Apply: Interested candidates should fill out a pre-application form for
the DOCS graduate program (
indicate that you would like to work with Dr. Polito. In addition, please
email a single pdf containing your CV, a cover letter with your research
interests and experience, a brief summary of accomplishments (educational
background, GPA, GRE scores), and contact information for at least three
professional references to Dr. Michael Polito (mpolito at lsu.edu). Qualified
candidates will be contacted directly and encouraged to submit a full
application to the Ph.D. graduate program in DOCS. Applications submitted
by September 15, 2015 will receive first consideration and the position
will remain open until a candidate is selected. While a spring 2016 start
date is preferred, we will consider exceptional candidates available to
start in fall 2016.
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