Research Opportunity Description
Trends Analysis of Finfish Diversity and Abundance in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
A faculty research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
AED’s mission is to develop theories, develop methods and analyze data to improve understanding and quantify environmental effects of human activity on coastal waters and watersheds.
This research project seeks to develop trends analysis of finfish species composition and abundance over time for Narragansett Bay using information collected by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
The research participant will use mathematical and statistical methods to study fish populations and coastal ecosystems. Specifically, s/he will conduct research on how anthropogenic changes in nutrient loadings affect finfish community composition and abundance in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Further, s/he will use global climate models to project changes in abundance and spatial distribution of the commercially valuable finfish species.
Through this project, the research participant will gain expertise in the development and use of mathematical and statistical models to study both historic and future trends in finfish resources in response to anthropogenic changes to marine ecosystems.
This research opportunity will allow the research participant to interact with other AED researchers as well as collaborators from other divisions in ORD. S/he will gain professional exposure by presenting this research at scientific meetings and publishing the results in peer reviewed scientific literature.
The research participant will join a larger group of AED scientists involved in various aspects of a research program developed to demonstrate a systems approach to integrated nutrient management for the Narragansett Bay system. This research project supports the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research area.
Applicants must be a full time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university and have received a degree in biology, fisheries, or ecology.
The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate).
The appointment is full-time for three months and may be extended upon recommendation of EPA and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with his/her academic salary. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.
Suzanne Ayvazian will be the mentor for this project. She may be contacted at Ayvazian.suzanne@Epa.gov.
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NHEERL-AED-2013-04 when calling or writing for information.