PhD student position: mangrove ecology FL & Caribbean

Bridging the Americas Marine Conservation Fellowship Program

Five-year graduate student (PhD level) fellowship position is available to start in Fall 2018 to join an international collaboration between the University of Florida and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). The graduate fellow will conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative research in Panama, Florida, and the greater Caribbean region with a focus on mangrove ecosystems. The fellow will be based in Florida in the University of Florida’s Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment in the new Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics group. Fellowship includes stipend, tuition, benefits, travel, and research allowance. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in ecology and/or marine science (bachelors or masters degree), excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated potential to conduct intensive field-based research both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Experience in science communication is a plus.

In an era when international collaborative research is key to major scientific advances, this graduate fellowship program has been created to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills, perspective, experience, and academic networks necessary to meet the challenges facing society and our environment. This program focuses on tropical and sub-tropical coastal habitats where biodiversity is highest, human impacts are accelerating fastest, and the need to build research capacity is greatest.

Those interested in applying for a fellowship position should email Andrew Altieri with a copy of their CV (including contact information for at least two references) and a brief statement (<500 words) outlining their interests and suitability for the fellowship program prior to a formal application to the ESSIE graduate program. Review of CVs and statements will begin on January 8th 2018.

Contact information:
Andrew Altieri