NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Woods Hole, MA) is
seeking a Postdoctoral fellow to undertake comparative analyses of ecosystem
dynamics on the U.S. Northeast Continental Shelf.
Background. The Northeast continental shelf large marine ecosystem is a
dynamic, highly productive and intensively studied system supporting a
constellation of ecosystem goods and services. The region supports some of
the most lucrative fisheries in the nation. The system has undergone
profound structural changes as a result of heavy exploitation by distant
water and domestic fleets. This history of strong perturbation offers an
important opportunity to study the factors affecting the stability and
resilience of marine systems with the goal of identifying key
vulnerabilities to stressors. Distinct ecoregions of this system differing
in key structural elements including biodiversity can be identified and used
to test hypotheses concerning the determinants of ecosystem response to
natural and anthropogenic disturbance. These issues lie at the heart of the
newly implemented Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization
(CAMEO) program, a joint NOAA-NSF initiative.
The analysis will also involve comparisons between the Northeast Shelf and
the California Current large marine ecosystems in collaboration with
colleagues from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the University of New
Hampshire, and Boston University. The work involve the application of
statistical models (nonlinear time series analysis) and numerical models
using the MIMES modeling framework,
FELLOWSHIP DETAILS: The post doctoral fellowship is offered through the
National Research Council and will be located in Woods Hole, MA at the
Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries).
Funding is for 18-24 months. Interested candidates must apply through the
National Research Council's program. Proposal deadline is February 1, 2009.
Position will begin shortly after the proposal review process is complete.