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Oyster Reef and Estuarine Ecology Technician
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
The Smithsonian Institution seeks an energetic, field-oriented biologist to support research on biological communities of oyster reefs and other estuarine ecosystems. The position is based in the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Fisheries Conservation Lab, led by Dr. Matt Ogburn (  

The technician will conduct field and laboratory research on the ecology of harvested and restored oyster reefs and assist with long-term (40+ year) surveys of estuarine fish and invertebrate communities. The research is primarily located in Chesapeake Bay, with potential travel to other locations in the US (e.g., FL, CA, NY, TX) and internationally. See position announcement for full description and details.  

The position is based at SERC in Edgewater, MD and requires occasional travel. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package (starting salary based on degree obtained and experience). The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the US. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status and disability. The SERC community recognizes the value of diversity in promoting innovative science and creative solutions, and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please send the following as a single PDF document to Matt Ogburn ( Curriculum Vitae, cover letter summarizing relevant experience, and the names and full contact information (email, phone, postal address) of three references.

Review of applications will begin on 22 March 2024 until the position is filled.
Associate Research Scientist - FWC Spiny Lobster Research Program
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Our Spiny Lobster Research team in the Keys has a position open. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in scientific research and data analysis that are also capable of scientific diving and boat handling. MS or PhD in a physical/natural sciences field with experience is preferred. Candidates are required to present a seminar on their relevant research and experience. Examples of data science/analysis code are also encouraged.

This position serves as a project lead in the spiny lobster research program, and designs and conducts lobster monitoring and research activities in the Florida Keys region. Primary responsibilities include leading and participating in the field data collection. Collect data on distribution, abundance, size structure, growth, and other population characteristics and fisheries issues using above water and underwater sampling techniques. Underwater field research may require participation in SCUBA and operating vessels. The employee will prepare reports for fishery managers and other scientists and publish manuscripts suitable for peer reviewed publications and management activities. Additional duties include seeking out and preparing high quality proposals for outside funding agencies, performing other related work as required, assisting in other institute activities as requested, as well as promoting and participating in public outreach efforts.
Postdoc in Kelp Remote Sensing
UMass Boston
The Byrnes lab at UMass Boston ( ( is seeking a postdoc to aid in completion of  a NASA Funded project, “Using Hyperspectral Imagery to Assess the Effects of Warming on New England Kelp Forests”. The postdoc would begin at their earliest convenience as part of the team (Crystal Schaaf, Nima Pahlevan, Rodrigo Garcia, Marc Borrelli, Tom Bell, Bob Chen, Arthur Elmes). The postdoc will be to work with the project team to complete analysis and write up of data collected over two years of field campaigns consisting of data from Hyperspectral Drones, PRISMA and EnMap satellites, in situ drop camera data, in situ spectral data, side scan sonar, and diver collected data. The postdoc will also have opportunities to teach workshops, if they desire, and to collaborate with a deep learning team at the University of Zargoza. The position presents the opportunity for multiple novel and potentially high impact publications. The position is for one year with the team supportive of applying for future funding.
If interested, please contact ( or find me at the meeting.
A PhD by time of starting position in either Ecology, Remote Sensing, Marine Biology, Environmental sciences, or other related disciplines before starting the position is required. Strong quantitative, statistical, and programming skills are necessary. Previous experience with remote sensing and hyperspectral data is required. Experience with machine learning is a plus. Knowledge of kelp forest ecology or shallow water remote sensing in any system is not required, but will help the postdoc achieve more rapid success.

Link: None
Visiting Assistant Professor (3 positions)
Department of Biology, St. Mary's College of Maryland
We are currently hiring Visiting Assistant Professors in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology/Neurobiology, and Developmental Biology. Links for each position are below, and review is ongoing. While these are all bio positions with some core courses that need coverage due to retirements and sabbaticals, SMCM has a lot of students in a new Marine Science program who would be very interested in your marine-themed directed research and upper divison offerings.

You can contact the email in the job ads, or feel free to send me (Elizabeth Hamman) an email if I can answer any questions!
Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology
College of Charleston
The Department of Biology at the College of Charleston invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology to begin August 2024. This position may be renewable based on satisfactory performance and pending availability of funds. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field and a strong commitment to teaching. Primary teaching responsibilities include introductory biology, a sophomore-level biodiversity, ecology, and conservation course, and/or other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. A typical semester load is 12 contact hours, where lecture and laboratories each count as 3 contact hours. We are especially interested in candidates with previous teaching experience. While this is primarily a teaching position, we are also interested in candidates who can bring an ongoing research program to the department that could involve undergraduate or graduate students.

The College of Charleston, located in Charleston, SC, is a public liberal arts and sciences institution of 11,000 students, with MS programs in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. Satellite facilities include the 850+ acre Stono Preserve located 18 miles west of Charleston, SC and the Grice Marine Laboratory which is close to the downtown campus.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Erik Sotka (here at the meeting) or Chair Eric McElroy, More details and application requirements are at Review of applications will begin April 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to consider the following related postings: Visiting Assistant Professor of Genetics/Molecular Biology [], Visiting Assistant Professor of General Biology [].

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oyster Reef Ecology
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
The Smithsonian Institution seeks an energetic, field- and data-oriented Biologist Postdoctoral Research Fellow to help develop and implement projects exploring the key drivers of oyster reef biogeography and ecology and apply that knowledge in conservation and restoration. The postdoctoral research fellow position is a Federal term position with a maximum of three years employment. We especially seek applicants with strong writing skills and experience in field research and data synthesis. The fellow will be hosted in SERC’s Fisheries Conservation Lab, working on projects related to the Our Shared Future: Life on a Sustainable Planet Initiative ( and MarineGEO program (
Details at
PhD position in coastal evolutionary ecology
UMass Dartmouth
The Donelan Coastal Evolutionary Ecology lab at UMass Dartmouth is recruiting a PhD student to study evolutionary ecology in marine invertebrates to start in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025.

Our research focuses on how marine invertebrates respond to environmental stress across life stages and generations and how changes in organism phenotypes scale up to affect populations, communities, and ecosystems. We work with a variety of species including oysters, snails, and invasive barnacles and stressors including climate change, species invasions, and predation risk.

Students will develop a project exploring eco-evolutionary questions using experiments in our flowing seawater lab and the field. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse team of researchers focused on genomics, aquaculture, and management.

Candidates should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in biology, ecology, marine science, environmental science, or a related field, be excited about marine evolutionary ecology and have experience conducting experiments in the lab or field and working with live animals.

Students will be supported by research and teaching assistantships, which include a living wage, tuition waiver, and benefits. The Donelan lab is a supportive research environment in which all people and perspectives are welcomed.

UMass Dartmouth supports a large community of graduate students in marine science and is located on the south coast of Massachusetts with easy access to outdoor recreation and urban centers, including Providence and Boston.

If interested, please email the following to Dr. Sarah Donelan ( 1) a brief description of your background, motivations for pursuing a graduate degree, and why you are specifically interested in joining the lab, 2) a CV with academic and professional experience, and 3) contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin immediately.
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