Post-doctoral Position in Fish Habitat Ecology and Stock Enhancement Research

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May 3, 2011

Job position available: Fish Habitat Ecology and Stock Enhancement Research
Expiration Date: Fri, 2011-07-01
Organization: Mote Marine Laboratory

Description: Funding is available for one post-doctoral researcher to work in Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Fisheries Enhancement in two program areas: our Marine Stock Enhancement Program and Fish Habitat Ecology Program, under the supervision of Dr. Ken Leber and in collaboration with Dr. Aaron Adams. The position will be based at Mote’s Charlotte Harbor Field Station, on Pine Island, in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, but work will also be conducted at Mote headquarters and Mote Aquaculture Park in Sarasota, FL.

The position is available to become part of the Center’s studies of habitat ecology and stock enhancement of recreationally important marine and estuarine fishes, particularly snook, in southwest Florida. The post-doc will be part of ongoing research on movements of snook during spawning season and snook maturation, egg quality and larval dispersal. The post-doc will oversee a seasonal crew of interns tasked with sampling snook spawning habitats. The post-doc will design and conduct field research on aspects of snook spawning and spawning-habitat ecology, help design and conduct experiments in stock enhancement research, and help analyze a multi-year database of fish community sampling from mangrove creeks used by juvenile snook.

This two-year position is in a research center that focuses on fish and invertebrate habitat ecology and potential applications of marine stock enhancement as a fisheries management tool. Ongoing research is examining the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances, establishing patterns of habitat and prey utilization, and developing and testing a science-based approach to responsible stock-enhancement. Future research may examine connectivity between spawning and nursery habitats, juvenile habitats and adult populations, effects of anthropogenic habitat alterations, comparisons of wild and hatchery brood stock, and pilot-scale release-recapture experiments to develop optimal hatchery-release strategies.

This applied ecology research will address issues that are of general interest to management of estuarine and coastal waters, but based on a solid theoretical ecological framework. Publications in peer reviewed literature are expected. We are seeking a candidate with a strong ecological background, broad interests in ecology and marine stock enhancement, and experience in estuarine or marine systems.

Qualifications: The candidate should hold a Ph.D. with specialization in estuarine or marine ecology, fish ecology, or a closely related field. Publication of research in the peer-reviewed literature will be a major factor in selecting the successful candidate.

Application Information: The initial appointment is for one year with full benefits and a salary stipend, and continued funding is available for an additional 1 year, contingent upon satisfactory progress. Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2011 and the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. Salary is $45,000 per year.

Contact Information:

Please send a CV, brief statement of research interests, and contact information for 3 people who can provide references to Ken Leber ( The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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