Thursday, October 24, 2013

Graduate position in marine climate change ecology at Rutgers University

Rutgers University is seeking an outstanding PhD student to study the responses of marine communities to climate change and climate velocity. The research group has broad interests in marine ecology, climate change, biogeography, dispersal, fisheries, and population genetics/genomics. Student projects will generally overlap with these areas, but independent thinking and new ideas are strongly encouraged.

Potential projects include (but are not limited to):

1) the reassembly of coastal marine communities across North America in response to changing climate, 2) the cumulative impacts of climate change, fisheries, and other stressors, and 3) approaches for adapting marine conservation and fisheries management to changing climates. We have extensive existing datasets on which to base these studies, and all projects can involve a mix of meta-analysis, statistical modeling, theoretical ecology, and field work (including opportunities to build from existing programs in the northeast U.S. and in the Philippines). Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary.

Application process

Interested candidates should send an email describing their motivation and research interests along with a CV, GPA, and GRE scores (if available) to:

In-progress applications to external fellowships are also viewed favorably. Qualified candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution ( or Oceanography (, depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications are due January 10th (E&E) or January 15th (Oceanography). Financial support for Ph.D. students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships.

Rutgers University

Situated in New Jersey, a crossroads of American enterprise, commerce, and culture, Rutgers has a vibrancy that derives from its location and a history entwined with that of the nation. Chartered in 1766, the university is the only one in the United States that is, at once, a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Located within an easy drive of New York City, there are nonetheless an exceptionally wide array of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems nearby. Within a single day, one can visit and study habitats of the continental shelf, estuaries, barrier islands, coastal plains, the piedmont, Precambrian highlands, and ridge and valley geological provinces.

Ecology at Rutgers has a long and distinguished history, and the graduate program consists of approximately 70 faculty and 95 graduate students. The program offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology under the direction of an outstanding faculty, including at two marine stations. Members of the faculty actively pursue research in conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbial ecology, population and community ecology, population genetics, and restoration ecology.

The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences serves as the hub for research programs in marine and coastal sciences and provides a focus for the education of marine scientists. The Institute is housed in a state-of the-art research building that includes seawater, morphometrics, molecular biology, remote sensing, ocean modeling and cartography laboratories. The Marine Field Station in Tuckerton operates year-round and is uniquely situated across from the Little Egg Inlet in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary, one of the most pristine estuaries on the east coast.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and the Institute of
Marine and Coastal Sciences Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA

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