From: Coral-List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Alex Rodriguez via Coral-List <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:40 AM
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Subject: [Coral-List] MS and PhD assistantships: Ecological assessment of living shorelines - Alabama
I am seeking motivated and enthusiastic students to fill Marine Science MSc
(2 years fully funded) and PhD positions (4 years fully funded) in the
Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama (;!!HXCxUKc!nu-Faa5hJdpq2zYZ5cmTk19p2bh9wrLIyNpozzZ9czd4WsDdxyEQA3oIspyA6afjGg$<;!!HXCxUKc!nu-Faa5hJdpq2zYZ5cmTk19p2bh9wrLIyNpozzZ9czd4WsDdxyEQA3oIspyA6afjGg$> ) based at the Dauphin Island Sea
Lab (;!!HXCxUKc!nu-Faa5hJdpq2zYZ5cmTk19p2bh9wrLIyNpozzZ9czd4WsDdxyEQA3oIspyv-YiHLQ$ ). Preferred start date is *Fall 2021 *(Aug 17, 2021),
although Spring 2022 is possible for exceptional applicants. The positions
are funded as a Research Assistantship which requires the student to work
as a research assistant for up to 20 hours per week in addition to
conducting their own research. The Assistantship covers a stipend and
tuition. Preferred PhD applicants will have a Masters’ degree and have
primary authored at least one manuscript.

The overarching RESTORE-funded project seeks to build upon existing living
shoreline success while also advancing the science behind living shoreline
restorations by making a comprehensive monitoring plan which will assess
and monitor the performance of existing living shorelines in Alabama’s
coastal waters. The comprehensive monitoring effort will develop a standard
set of parameters, including measurements of secondary productivity,
habitat values, and other similar parameters. There is some flexibility for
students to develop their projects according to their interests and
preliminary findings, but general project topics include:

●        metrics of habitat quality for fisheries species (e.g. growth and

●        community responses to restoration (food webs, community

●        synthesizing existing living shoreline monitoring data

●        developing and testing techniques for using unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV) and machine learning algorithms as a restoration monitoring
tool (coding experience preferred)

Interested applicants should first ensure eligibility (;!!HXCxUKc!nu-Faa5hJdpq2zYZ5cmTk19p2bh9wrLIyNpozzZ9czd4WsDdxyEQA3oIspyIHieq0A$<;!!HXCxUKc!nu-Faa5hJdpq2zYZ5cmTk19p2bh9wrLIyNpozzZ9czd4WsDdxyEQA3oIspyIHieq0A$> ),
and then contact Dr. Baker ([log in to unmask]) by *Friday, June 11th* to
express interest and discuss ideas before completing the online application
process through USA. Please use the email subject “Living Shorelines RA”
and include: 1) a cover letter with a description of your research
interests as they relate to this project, 2) your CV including contact
details for 3 references, 3) academic transcripts and test scores, and if
applicable 4) pdf(s) of any peer reviewed publications you have authored.
If the applicant has no authored publications, an applicant-led writing
sample can be submitted in lieu. Please title all documents using the
format “LastName_DocumentName”, for example “Rodriguez_CoverLetter”.

USA and DISL are EOE/AA/M/F/D institutions and do not discriminate based on
ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, genetic information,
disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable legally
protected basis. Dr. Baker is committed to diversity and mentoring students
from all backgrounds.

Alex Rodriguez
Lab Manager - Baker Lab
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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