PhD position – Fisheries Ecology – Memorial University of Newfoundland

fully funded PhD opportunity to work on Atlantic halibut movement and stock assessment is available at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada under the co-supervision of Drs. Arnault Le Bris and Jonathan Fisher.

Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) supports the most valuable groundfish fishery per-unit-weight in Atlantic Canada. Despite high socio-economic importance for 5 Canadian provinces, the spatial ecology and stock structure of the species is poorly understood making the fishery vulnerable to changing ecosystem conditions and mismanagement. Using an exceptionally rich dataset from more than 100 pop-up satellite tags (and further deployments), the candidate will develop quantitative approaches to integrate movement data into stock assessment models and species distribution models. The candidate is anticipated to participate in field tagging operations and to contribute to Fisheries and Oceans Canada stock assessment meetings. Fieldwork will occur aboard research and fishing vessels across Atlantic Canada.

The candidate will be registered in the PhD program in Fisheries Sciences offered at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada .

Application. Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and university transcripts (official or unofficial) by email to both Dr. Jonathan Fisher and Dr. Arnault Le Bris, Application deadline is May 17th, 2019.

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