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Graduate Research Assistantship in Larval transport in the Gulf of Maine

A Masters Level graduate position in marine sciences at the University of New England is available beginning summer 2010. The position is part of a funded project to examine the role of larval dispersal and physiological tolerance in establishing range limits of a northern blue mussel, Mytilus trossulus , in the Gulf of Maine. The selected candidate will work closely with a biologist and physical oceanographer. The position is truly interdisciplinary and will involve a significant amount of physical oceanographic fieldwork and both larval collection and identification. The successful candidate should be highly motivated, work well in a team, and be willing to conduct research in field settings throughout the year. Desired qualifications include an excellent academic record in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or mathematics, as well as strong writing and computing skills. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact me at or at (207) 602-2422. For details on the application procedure, visit Applicants must apply by February 15, 2010 for full consideration.

SPARTACUS GK12 Graduate Fellow

Masters level graduate positions in marine sciences are available beginning fall 2010 with me and other scientists at UNE in a NSF supported GK12 program. Focusing on the hydrologic cycle in a coastal watershed, the SPARTACUS GK12 project conveys the importance of interdisciplinary efforts in scientific and social issues to K-12 students and teachers through the work of Graduate Fellows and their advisors. Current research and understanding of the interrelationships of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and geology are shared by Graduate Fellows in classrooms. Using the settings of a local watershed and UNE's Saco River Coastal Observing System (SaRCOS) Graduate Fellows share their roles in investigating how precipitation drives river discharge, which in turn, governs the coastal current, which influences coastal weather and surrounding habitats. As a result, K-12 students get a clear picture of how science applies to their lives.

Fellows in the NSF GK12 Spartacus Project will develop research that addresses specific questions about the interactions among land use change, precipitation, river runoff, climate change, and the chemical and microbiological loading in rivers, and, ultimately, how all of those changes affect coastal biology and ocean circulation.

Students are sought with expertise or interests in the following fields: biology (and all its subfields including microbiology, toxicology, genetics, molecular biology), physical oceanography, hydrology, remote sensing, GIS, numerical modeling, nutrient or chemical dynamics, marine biology (especially fish, invertebrates and algae), or ecology (terrestrial, aquatic or marine).

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