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Molecule to Ecosystem: Environmental DNA as a Nexus of Coastal Ecosystems Sustainability for Maine (Maine-eDNA), Ph.D. Assistantships

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (PhD)

The University of Maine seeks a diverse pool of up to 18 doctoral students to join a new NSF-funded $20 million program in eDNA approaches to coastal ecosystem understanding and sustainability. Maine-eDNA is a multi-institution EPSCoR program involving the University of Maine, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, and seven other post-secondary and research institutions.

We are seeking students with backgrounds and interests in the following areas: Aquatic ecology, marine science, bioinformatics, data science and spatial informatics, communications and team science.

Graduate students will conduct research in one of three research themes:

1) Sustainable Fisheries: Employ eDNA-based ecological inference to understand population and community processes and consequences of fisheries recovery and recruitment dynamics of invertebrates and macroalgae.

2) Harmful and Shifting Species: Employ eDNA-based ecological inference to understand population and community processes governing emergence and controls on harmful blooms and broader species range shifts.

3) Macrosystem eDNA Integration: Leverage the team science and Big Data integration capacity of Maine-eDNA to understand community dynamics and stability across the full coastal gradient and taxonomic scope, from microbes to whales, as well as studies of how communication shapes team science processes and outcomes in the context of eDNA research.

Students in this program will receive up to 4 years stipend, plus tuition and health insurance coverage.

Interested students can find more information on how to apply at the Maine-eDNA website.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maine (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Ecology & Evolution
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Spatial/Geographic Information Systems
STEM Fields

Aquatic Ecology
Big Data Science
Marine Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 8/15/2021
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