Graduate student in intertidal food-web ecology

Drs. Amanda Klemmer and Brian Olsen (UMaine) are looking for a graduate student to investigate the community and food-web ecology of intertidal, rockweed-dominated (Ascophyllum & Fucus spp.) habitats in light of commercial rockweed harvesting. The candidate could pursue either a M.S. or Ph.D. degree starting in Orono, Maine in January 2017. In conjunction with partners at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the National Park Service, the project’s objective is to assess linkages between rockweed, the invertebrate community, and coastal bird populations in a changing, multi-use landscape.

The successful candidate will possess a strong academic record, field experience, and the ability to identify common invertebrate orders of the intertidal zone. Preference will be given to candidates with experience supervising field crews; building partnerships with industry, governmental agencies, non-profits, and public stakeholders; managing databases; and constructing statistical models (or interest in gaining such an experience). An enthusiasm for cold temperatures, wet feet, curious landowners, the bold beauty of the Maine coast, and other blessings of field work is required.

Interested candidates should email the following materials to and a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, GRE scores, a scientific writing sample, and contact information for three references. Consideration of candidates will begin on November 10th until the position is filled.

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