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Call for FY15 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014 

The Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) invites proposals for 
Postdoctoral Fellowships that will advance goals of the Marine Global Earth Observatory. MarineGEO is 
a developing partnership among diverse organizations united by focus on global-scale, long-term study of 
coastal biodiversity and ecosystems using standardized approaches. MarineGEO is coordinated by 
TMON, which includes the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake Bay (SERC), 
the Smithsonian Marine Station on the Indian River Lagoon in Florida (SMSFP), the Carrie Bow Cay 
Marine Field Station in Belize (CCRE Program), and sites in Caribbean and Pacific Panama administered 
by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). Additional partner sites are under development. 

Eligibility and Award Amount. Postdoctoral scientists must collaborate directly with two or more 
Smithsonian scientists as named sponsors (see Smithsonian Marine Research Staff at 
http://www.si.edu/marinescience/staff.htm) and must select co-Advisors from more than one SI unit 
(NMNH, SMSFP, SERC, STRI, NZP). Stipend is $48,000 per year with an allowance for health 
insurance, travel, and supplies up to a total $60,000 maximum (including stipend) per year. Awards will 
be made for a maximum of two years, pending first-year performance review. Proposals must focus on 
comparative research related to MarineGEO goals (http://www.si.edu/marinegeo) and involve at least two 
TMON facilities. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. before commencing the fellowship. 
Individuals who have been employees at the Smithsonian within the previous year are not eligible. 
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective sponsors in developing their proposals. 

MarineGEO goals. MarineGEO and TMON are dedicated to understanding change in and relationships 
among the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of marine ecosystems at local through global scales. 
Our research aims to advance scientific capacity for forecasting change and informing policy. A 
cornerstone of MarineGEO is the use of standardized, repeated measurements and experiments, 
maintained over decades, conducted across the Smithsonian’s facilities and an expanding global network 
of diverse partners. This approach is designed to achieve rigorous comparative understanding across 
space and time, to understand variation in coastal marine ecosystems, and to assess links between local 
and global environmental forcing, biodiversity, and functioning of ecosystems. We seek applications for 
Postdoctoral research projects that address at least one of TMON’s overarching research themes: 
1. How does marine biodiversity vary through space and time across the globe? 
2. How do natural and human forces (e.g. fishing, land-use, invasions, habitat loss) drive changes in 
marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and resilience? 
3. What are the consequences for human well-being of these changes in marine ecosystems? 
4. How does anthropogenic alteration of carbon cycles affect coastal marine systems and ecosystem 
service provision? 
5. How are marine ecosystems connected via dispersal and metapopulation dynamics, and how do these 
connections affect responses to change and human well-being? 
6. How do nearshore food webs change through space and time? 
7. How can the past—ancient through historic—help us understand the consequences of local human 
activities and global change? 
8. Where are the critical tipping points that lead to rapid and unwanted shifts in marine ecosystems, and 
how can these best be avoided? 

Proposal submission. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Smithsonian staff 
scientists prior to proposal submission. Proposals must be submitted electronically as a single PDF by 
midnight EST on December 1, 2014 to toscanom@si.edu. Two non-Smithsonian referees must be 
identified in the proposal and submit letters of support separately to the same email by this deadline. 

Proposal Review and Award Notification. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a panel of Smithsonian 
scientists for scientific merit, project feasibility and match with MarineGEO goals. Award notification 
will be forwarded electronically by 1 March 2015 to the applicants and their Smithsonian sponsors. 

Smithsonian Scientific Diving Authorization. See www.si.edu/dive 

Progress Reports and Publications. A progress report is required for all projects and must be submitted 
electronically no later than ten months after start of fellowship appointment. A final report is due upon 
completion of the fellowship appointment. All publications resulting from work supported by the 
Smithsonian Institution must include an acknowledgment of the appropriate Smithsonian Research 
Unit(s) and the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network. 

Proposal parts. Proposals are submitted via e-mail as a single PDF to toscanom@si.edu, to whom 
questions can also be directed. The proposal must include the following elements: 
I. Curriculum Vitae 
II. Abstract (not to exceed 300 words) 
III. Proposal Body (not to exceed 8 pages): 
1. Introduction: Background, rationale, and support from published scientific literature. 
2. Goals and Objectives: A clear statement of the central questions, problems, and/or hypotheses 
to be addressed, and the major objectives that will address the goals. 
3. Methods: Brief summary of approach, procedures, experimental designs, technical methods, 
and/or statistical treatment. Summarize the types of equipment and technology required (boats, 
microscopes, scuba equipment, etc.) and the frequency of their need. Information on existing facilities can 
be found at the Smithsonian Marine Science website (www.si.edu/marinescience ). 
4. Work plan and schedule: Locations and preferred dates of field travel and schedule of work. 
5. Research facilities: Description of which TMON facilities will be used, including SERC, 
SMSFP, Carrie Bow Cay, STRI’s Caribbean and Pacific labs. 
6. Significance: Anticipated contributions and significance of the project for MarineGEO. 
IV. Literature Cited 
V. Budget and Justification (max. $12,000/year): Specify costs for 1) Research Allowance to include 
supplies, equipment needs, and travel for research purposes (including per diem and transportation); 
2) Relocation Travel Expenses to include transportation from point of origin to Smithsonian, and return 
after appointment concludes (does not include moving expenses); 3) Health Insurance. Indicate source 
and amounts of matching funds from other sources, if available.
VI. Letters of Recommendation from 2 non-Smithsonian referees. 

Contacts. TMON Executive committee contacts: Emmett Duffy (TMON Director, SERC), Nancy 
Knowlton (NMNH), Greg Ruiz (SERC), Valerie Paul (SMSFP, CBC), Andrew Altieri and Rachel Collin 
(STRI), Mary Hagedorn (NZP). For questions about application process and status, please contact Dr. 
Marguerite Toscano (toscanom@si.edu). 

Past Entries

Ocean 496: Coastal Ecosystems of Micronesia in a Changing Climate

On August 21, 2014, fifteen University of Washington undergraduate students will embark on a 23 day intensive oceanography fieldwork course in Kosrae, Micronesia. The Island of Kosrae is the eastern-most island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the expansive Caroline Island chain of the western tropical North Pacific Ocean. It is unique among Micronesian Islands in that it is a solitary island surrounded by a coral reef rather than being amongst a group of small islands. Magnificent mangrove swamps and seagrass meadows surround much of the coastline. With a population of just over 7,000 people, very little in the way of tourism or industry, and active conservation efforts, most of its 42 square miles of lush mountainous terrain remains undisturbed and stunningly beautiful.

As a small island state, Kosrae is already beginning to be affected by impacts of global climate change, and is likely to be subjected to increasingly negative consequences throughout the 21st century. By studying on Kosrae, the students will see first hand the effects of climate change, particularly sea-level rise, and how it is felt in a remote island location where the local population had no role in creating the problem.

With the guidance of Professor Julian Sachs and Graduate Students Dax Soule and Marta Wolfshorndl, the students will apply basic principles of geology, chemistry and biology to develop an understanding of Kosrae’s coastal ecosystems, learn about the ways global climate change is impacting those ecosystems, and experience the rich Kosraean culture. The course will include units on mangroves, coral reefs, estuaries and seagrasses. Most days will feature a field-based activity, during which students will conduct a rapid ecological assessment of a mangrove swamp, coral reef, or seagrass meadow. Local experts will join us for most of these activities. Our ecological assessments from pristine settings will be compared to those from locations impacted by human activities, such as runoff or logging. This data will be shared with the Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority (KIRMA) and the Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO). The final student project in Kosrae will be to develop a workshop for K-8 teachers on Kosrae on mangroves. Once back in Seattle, each student will be responsible for writing a paper that will apply what they’ve learned on Kosrae to a broader context. The paper will be based on a coastal ecosystem, climate or conservation related issue of their choosing.

The goal of this blog is two-fold: first, to share our scientific methods and endeavors as the students actively engage with the environment of Kosrae, and secondly, to offer a glimpse into the beautiful Kosraean culture. We hope you will join us in our pursuit of knowledge and share in the many trials, tribulations, and successes in the oh-so very hot and sweaty days ahead!

The Marine Technology Society 2014 Scholarship Program

The Marine Technology Society 2014 Scholarship Program is now open to students who are interested in Marine Engineering, Marine Technology and the Oceans.

MTS is pleased to offer thousands of dollars’ worth of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying in the marine science, marine engineering and/or marine technology field. Scholarships are for MTS student members only. For membership information, please go to here. Student Membership is for full-time college students and high school seniors is only $25 per year.

For more scholarship information, please visit our website: http://www.mtsociety.org/education/scholarships.aspx. To go directly to the applications, click here MTS Scholarship

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2014.

Please feel free to contact suzanne.voelker@mtsociety.org, 202-717-8705, ext. 102 with any questions.

The Marine Technology Society is not-for-profit professional society of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers, and educators. It is dedicated to the development and sharing of information and ideas about marine engineering and technology.

Thank you,

Suzanne Voelker
Marine Technology Society
1100 H Street NW, Suite LL-100
Washington, DC 20005

Scholarships Available to MTS Student Members

Charles H. Bussmann Undergraduate Scholarship


Open to MTS members who are college undergraduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

Charles H. Bussmann Graduate Scholarship


Open to MTS members who are college graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduate and Undergraduate Students


Open to MTS members that are college undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Two-Year, Technical, Engineering and Community College Students


Open to MTS members enrolled in a two-year, technical, engineering or community college in a marine-related field

The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors


Open to MTS student members that are high school seniors who have been accepted into a full-time undergraduate program

John C. Bajus Scholarship


Open to MTS members who are a college undergraduates and graduate students currently enrolled full time in a marine-related field who have shown a commitment to community service and/or volunteer activities

The Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship


Open to MTS members with an interest in marine instrumentation who are undergraduates and graduate students currently enrolled full time in an academic institution.

ROV Scholarship

Up to $8,000

Open to MTS student members interested in remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) or underwater work that furthers the use of ROVs.

Dieter Family Travel Scholarship
Up to $500
Full student registration and up to $500 for travel-related expenses to a MTS/EEE Oceans Conferences.

2014 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

2014 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Coastal Ocean Systems and Sustainability program
with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies


Program dates: June 16 – August 8, 2014 (8 weeks).
Application deadline: February 17, 2014.

This NSF-funded program will support highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research that focuses on Coastal Ocean Systems and Sustainability at the Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) on Catalina Island, CA.

Students will get hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies, introductory lectures and seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, as well as opportunities to explore different parts of the island and ecosystems. Other benefits include: $500/week stipend, housing at the WMSC, reimbursement for travel from host institution (up to $500), and transportation between the WMSC and the mainland.
We welcome applications from students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study and will be enrolled as an undergraduate in the Fall of 2014. Students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S. to be eligible for this program. We especially encourage students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields or schools with limited research opportunities to apply. This program will be particularly useful for undergraduate students with a strong interest in pursuing graduate school or a career in marine science. Competitive applicants will have at least a 3.0 GPA, one semester of chemistry, one semester of biology, and one semester of calculus or statistics.
The application and more information can be found at: http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/reu/

Contact: wies-reu@usc.edu.

Linda Chilton
Education Program Coordinator
Sea Grant Program
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Pkwy. AHF 252
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0373
email: lchilton@usc.edu

2014 Postdoctoral Scholar Program Advertisement

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, California, invites applications for one or more Institution-wide Postdoctoral positions in any of the major areas of research conducted at Scripps. Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for marine science research in the world. Research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans, earth, and atmosphere. Scripps Postdoctoral scholars are expected to interact with existing programs, and candidates are required to contact potential mentors and identify mutual research interests prior to submitting their applications. Research activities at SIO can be explored by viewing profiles of the Principal Investigators at Scripps.

Candidates are required to have completed the PhD degree prior to taking up the appointment and should have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2011. Current and former Scripps Postdocs are not eligible for these awards.

Awards are competitive with a major emphasis on potential for independent, creative research. The Postdoc positions are for one year, and award twelve months of salary with a minimum stipend of $58,000 plus benefits. An additional six months of support may be granted provided that the Postdoc obtains additional external support. Appointees are eligible for health insurance through UCSD.

The deadline for applications will be February 1, 2014, and successful candidates are expected to start before December 1, 2014. All applications, which must include two confidential letters of recommendation, and letter of support from a potential Scripps mentor, are to be submitted in electronic form, following instructions to be found here.

Further information can be obtained from:

Chair, Scripps Institutional Postdoctoral Awards Committee
c/o Carrie Byrd
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0210
La Jolla, CA 92093-0210

Marine Sciences Faculty Positon: UNC Chapel Hill

The Department of Marine Sciences at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (http://marine.unc.edu) invites applications for a tenure track position to be filled as an Assistant/Associate Professor in one of two possible focus areas. Carolina faculty in general and Marine Sciences faculty in particular have a strong tradition of including undergraduate students, in addition to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows into their extramurally funded independent research programs, in addition to providing outreach and service within and outside the University.

Marine Environmental Genomics

The Department seeks exceptional candidates in the developing field of marine environmental genomics with research and teaching interests focused on marine microorganisms (i.e. viruses, archaea, bacteria and protists). The candidate will have research expertise in the implementation and/or development of bioinformatic tools to analyze large sequence libraries and associated environmental data from marine microbial systems through generating their own datasets, analyzing those obtained by other groups within and outside the University, or both. This position will leverage exceptional facilities on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus for environmental genomics research that include the High-Throughput Sequencing Facility housed within the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences (http://genomics.unc.edu/), the ITS clusters (http://its.unc.edu/research/) and the UNC Bioinformatics Center (http://bioinformatics.unc.edu/). The candidate may also benefit from being affiliated with the Curriculum of Environment and Ecology and/or the Curriculum of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Particle Dynamics

The Department seeks exceptional candidates with a research and teaching focus on the dynamic interactions between fluids and particles. Candidates are encouraged from the spectrum of fluid-particle dynamic interactions, ranging from Environmental Microfluidics, very small scales where viscosity is dominant, to Sediment Dynamics, sediment transport in high-energy coastal environments. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: plankton interaction with shear and turbulence, chemotaxis, particle sedimentation in stratified fluids, links between microscopic environment and large scale fluxes, how physical processes (associated with river flow, waves, tides, and currents) move sediment, transform the coast, and deposit sediment in the marine environment. Especially encouraged are candidates interested in crosscutting collaborations with research on nutrient cycling, geochemical fluxes, sedimentology, and microbiology in riverine, estuarine, coastal and open ocean environments. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong, extramurally funded research program built on collaborations with current and future faculty members within the department and the Institute of Marine Sciences, as well as with research groups in Applied Mathematics, Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Microfluidics in the Physics and Astronomy Department. The candidate will have full access to two outstanding campus-based facilities, the Marine Sciences/Applied Mathematics joint Fluids Lab (http://fluidslab.web.unc.edu/) and the supercomputing cluster (http://its.unc.edu/research/).

To apply for the position, please follow this link: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/35661. Applicants must submit a cover
letter with the names of at least 4 references, a Curriculum Vitae and research and teaching statements; the position will
remain open until filled with application review beginning January 15, 2014. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is
an Equal Opportunity Employer.         

2014-2016 Coastal Management Fellowship

State projects have recently been selected for the 2014 Coastal Management Fellowship opportunity. This Fellowship provides education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students, matching them with state coastal zone projects. The two-year fellowship is sponsored by NOAA's Coastal Services Center and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Students are eligible for this fellowship if they will complete their master's, doctoral, or professional degrees between January 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.

Applications are due to Washington Sea Grant by January 24, 2014.

For more information:

*Visit the Washington Sea Grant website at http://wsg.washington.edu/education/fellowships/NOAA-CMF.html

*Contact Nancy Reichley at Washington Sea Grant: sgfellow@u.washington.edu or 206-685-8302.

Marine Debris Internship – COASST

Marine Debris Internship – COASST

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a citizen science program based at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, is looking for 2-5 undergraduate students to assist with program’s upcoming marine debris data collection project beginning spring 2015.

Students working with COASST gain valuable, hands-on experience with citizen science programs, scientific protocol development and testing and learn the complexities of adapting data collection to a broad and diverse corps of participants. Students will work directly with the program’s research staff to:
-create marine debris photo database with linked attributes
-field-test the marine debris protocol
-create the marine debris field toolkit
-finalize marine debris literature search
-network with marine debris principal investigator, researchers, and partners

Once quarterly, students will present their work at lab meetings, and attend the Pacific Coast field trip.

Interested students should send an email to: Jane Dolliver, Program Coordiantor, coasst@uw.edu

Please include a statement of interest that contains:
-applicable background in marine biology (coursework, job/intern experience)
-experience with data, statistics packages, databases (excel, R, catalyst etc.)
-experience with volunteers, volunteer programs, and/or other research labs
-days and times of availability for January-March – Winter Quarter 2014 (8am-8pm)

Arctic Research Fellowships - $5,000

Arctic Research Fellowships - $5,000
The Arctic as an “Emerging” World Region
Deadline for Proposals: 11 December 2013

More information/application: http://www.jsis.washington.edu/arctic/grad/

Call for Proposals
The Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies – in partnership with the Center for West European Studies, Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Center for Global Studies, and East Asia Center (all in the Jackson School), Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, Program on Climate Change, and the Quaternary Research Center – is pleased to announce 7-10 fellowships available for UW graduate students valued at $5,000 each.

The Arctic as an “Emerging” World Region
The objectives of the fellowships are to foster innovative research that strengthens area studies at the University and to build vital research linkages across disciplines, particularly between the natural and social sciences and the humanities, on a range of issues related to the Arctic. Resulting research papers will focus on the Arctic as an emerging world region from a variety of perspectives. Examples of focal topics include climate and ocean change, human rights, changes to the cryosphere, indigenous concepts of Arctic territory, fisheries management and economics, community security, international customary law, past human-environmental dynamics, global geopolitics, resource extraction and environmental ethics, and the interactions between the Arctic indigenous peoples and state entities in the policy dialogue.

More information/application: http://www.jsis.washington.edu/arctic/grad/

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

Environmental Alternative Spring Break is a Pipeline Project opportunity for students to spend their spring break teaching in a rural or tribal community. This is a FREE experience, and comes with a 2-credit seminar during winter quarter to prepare. We are still looking for applicants from across disciplines!
Our application closes on Sunday night, so please help us spread the word about this fantastic opportunity.

Blurb below:
It’s your spring break. One week away from classes, exams and all-nighters. Are you heading to the beach? Are you spending the week on your parents’ couch with a laptop in hand or do you want to make a real, lasting impact?

The UW Pipeline Project is sending groups of students to rural and tribal communities throughout Washington State during spring break 2014 to facilitate hands-on environmental education projects. You and your team will plan, design, and teach your own curriculum to young students whose educational experiences and opportunities are limited simply because of where they live. You will learn more about the community, local ecology, and the environmental and education issues of the region. As part of preparation, you will enroll in a seminar during winter quarter to fundraise for the program and serve as a mentor in local classrooms or environmental organizations for 2-2.5 hours per week. You can reach more students than those you’ll be teaching during spring break. No prior environmental education experience is necessary and your expenses (food, housing, travel) are on s.

EDUC 401 P (2-credit) seminar: Thursdays 4:30-5:50PM (location TBD)
Apply at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/lhuynh10/214782 by 5PM on Sunday, November 17th.

You have the chance to make a fundamental lasting impact on a group of students’ lives and perhaps, lead them to sit in your place one day and decide how to spend their own college spring break. Do more than teach. Inspire.

Lingering questions? Contact Loan Huynh at lhuynh10@uw.edu or (206) 453-8781.

Pipeline Project: http://expd.washington.edu/pipeline