PhD in Coastal Fisheries Ecology (closes 12/31/2018)

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PhD in Coastal Fisheries Ecology (closes 12/31/2018)

I am seeking a motivated and enthusiastic student with interests in estuarine and coastal fisheries ecology to fill a PhD position in the Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama ( based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (

Preferred start date is Spring 2019 (Jan 7, 2019). This position is funded as a Research Assistantship which requires the student to work as a research assistant for 20 hours per week in addition to conducting their own research. Tuition is covered as part of the position.

Applicants with a MS degree and those who have published at least one manuscript resulting from those efforts will be highly regarded.

Potential dissertation topics include:
• Effects of mangrove expansion on fisheries productivity
• Predation dynamics in coastal nurseries
• Early life-history habitat requirements
• Connectivity and life-cycle movements
• Functional values of natural and restored habitat
• Or other topics of interest to the student

The northern Gulf of Mexico and the waters around the Dauphin Island Sea Lab offer a wealth of opportunities for research into the functioning of coastal systems in support of fisheries, and the Sea Lab provides excellent facilities to support these efforts.

Interested applicants should first ensure eligibility, and then are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Ronald Baker ( to discuss research ideas before completing the application process. Please use the email subject “Fisheries PhD” and include: 1) a description of your research interests; 2) your CV including contact numbers for referees, 3) academic transcripts and test scores, and if applicable 4) pdf(s) of any peer reviewed publications you have authored.

USA and DISL are equal opportunity institutions and Dr Baker is committed to mentoring students from all backgrounds.

Admission requirements and deadlines can be found at: