4-year PhD assistantship in coastal planning, policy and design to pursue research on climate adaptation at University of Rhode Island


The University of Rhode Island (URI) College of the Environment and Life Science (CELS), Rhode Island Sea Grant, and Rhode Island Land Grant, (jointly) have 4 years of funding available for a PhD student to study coastal planning, policy, and design in the context of adaptation to climate change. URI is recognized as a leader in the US and globally in the field of coastal climate adaptation. We are particularly interested in a student wishing to pursue the application of design theory and practice to complex challenges of long-term planning for urban coastal communities vulnerable to climate change impacts. We seek a highly-motivated student with a Master of Landscape Architecture (or equivalent) and a strong academic record who wishes to pursue interdisciplinary work. The doctoral student will receive interdisciplinary training in coastal planning and policy in the Department of Marine Affairs and coastal design in the Department of Landscape Architecture. 







Master's in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

We are currently accepting applications for our unique Master's programme in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK for 2014/15 entry. The Master's degree requires students to undertake two taught semesters (120 credits) followed by an independent research project of at least three months duration (60 credits, for the one year MRes/MSc), or 12 months duration (for the two year MPhil).

During the taught semesters students undertake intensive training in quantitative methods, research techniques and study current issues in research and management in a broad range of topics. Teaching is done by means of lectures, student-led seminars and tutorials. Practicals involve lab work, field excursions, modelling and computer-based data analysis.

The Master's in Marine Mammal Science is taught by members of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the School of Biology and the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) which are part of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews. This unique programme is now being offered in its 8th year and some exciting changes have been made to its curriculum including more flexibility in optional module choices in the second semester. Optional modules reflect the research strengths of the SMRU (mresbiology@st-andrews.ac.uk




PhD position in coral reef ecology at ZMT Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH (Leibniz-ZMT GmbH) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of
tropical coastal systems (www.zmt-bremen.de).

Within an interdisciplinary project entitled “Triple C: Contribution to Coral Commons” a PhD position in coral reef ecology is available. (Reference number III)

The project is funded through the Leibniz Association and involves collaboration between the ZMT, University of Bremen and other partners. Starting date for the three-year doctoral student positions are 1 May 2014 or shortly thereafter. The deadline for applications is the 1 March 2014. Salary will be paid according to the German TV-L EG 13 for a part-time position (50%).

This interdisciplinary project involving economists, other social scientists and ecologists assesses in a cross-cultural perspective the factors contributing to a major commons dilemma: the world-wide degradation of coral reefs. This subproject will use a combination of remote sensing data analysis and in situ measurements to assess the impacts of human activity on coral reefs, including local (i.e. over- and destructive fishing), regional (i.e. eutrophication) and global (i.e. ocean warming and ensuing coral bleaching) stressors. The project will link these to the socio-economic data generated in the other subprojects.

We are looking for a candidate with a degree in marine sciences. Candidates need to have proven experience in working with coral reef systems. SCUBA diving experience is a must, preferably with a European-level scientific diving certification. Prior experience with remote sensing data, spatial data analysis and ecological field work in coral reefs of developing countries is desirable. Good communication skills and the proven ability of good scientific writing are additional assets. The position is offered in
collaboration with Prof. Dr. Sam Purkis (National Coral Reef Institute, Nova Southeastern University) and is co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian Wild (University of Bremen and ZMT).

The Leibniz-ZMT GmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status. Your application should include a complete CV, publication list (if available), a short outline of research interests and experience, and the names and E-mail addresses of two references. Please send the documents as a single pdf file by e-mail to I. Sanz Jannke (sebastian.ferse@zmt-bremen.de)

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