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Salmon and Green Sturgeon Habitat Modeling Posdoctoral

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, working in conjunction with the NOAA Fisheries, invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dudley. The postdoctoral scholar will develop and explore novel techniques to census spawning threatened green sturgeon and improve methods for continuing a green sturgeon population estimate. The postdoctoral scholar will also have the opportunity to investigate the effects of bycatch on green sturgeon and explore green sturgeon spawning habitat use. This is an exciting opportunity to work on a threatened species in a system of national importance. The work is both fundamental and applied and the applications of this work will inform official NOAA policy and have direct effect on management issues on the system. Historically, the Southwest Fisheries Science Center has conducted a multiyear survey of spawning green sturgeon in the Sacramento River using DIDSON and estimated local abundances using statistical tools. The candidate will oversee and improve this effort by exploring new methods using consumer grade side-scan sonar combined with N-Mixture models to estimate green sturgeon abundance. The candidate will also be encouraged to explore other statistical methods for estimating the yearly spawning population and the total population.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work under the supervision and direction of Dr. Peter Dudley (UCSC) and will collaborate with other in Santa Cruz, CA.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: Overseeing the logistics of ecological field work, Experience conducting animal censuses, Experience in statistical modeling, Experience in programing languages commonly used for statistical modeling, Demonstrated record of scientific publishing and oral presentation.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum annual salary $60,000.

Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in fisheries biology/management, natural resources management, ecology, or other related field of study.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Application Deadline: 9/11/2020

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Santa Cruz (Lead)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences

Fish Biology
Fisheries Management

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This program is funded by:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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