NSF GRIP NOAA Opportunity Position
Project title: Top predator ecology and ecosystem response to climate variability and change in the Northeast Pacific
Hypothesis or objectives: At the Environmental Research Division, we are top predator data in concert with shipboard, remotely sensed, and modeled oceanographic data to analyze how animals move and forage in the ocean environment. One specific example, we are trying to identify species’ vulnerability to climate change by using ocean models, survey data, and biologging data. For example, we are interested in factors affecting species' distribution and/or population status, and how these may change in the future. By including multiple types of predator and oceanographic data in mechanistic and statistical models, we can better understand ecological relationships driving top predator habitat use and ecology.
Duration: 3 - 12 months
Area(s) of discipline: Biology, Climate Change, Earth Science, Ecology, Fisheries Science, Living Marine Resources, Marine And Aquatic Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Oceanography, Spatial Analysis, Zoology
Internship location: Monterey, CA
Duties and responsibilities: Students have a number of opportunities to engage in our research and is determined by the students interests and skills. Below are a few examples of our broad research themes that students could engage with. 1) Vulnerability analyses can use peer-reviewed literature to understand which life history traits or life history strategies may make individuals more or less sensitive to long term climate change. 2) Experience with programming (e.g. R or MatLab) provides the ability for more in depth analyses of animal movement, habitat modeling, ecology, etc. relative to ocean features, climate variability, or climate change. 3) Management relevant analysis such as indicator selection, risk analyses or management strategy evaluations of marine species for use in the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment.
Special skills/training required: Skills desired include: 1) A strong collaborative personality. 2) Good critical thinking and writing skills 3) Good time management and self-directed learning 4) Ability to critically review and synthesize relevant scientific literature 5) (Optional) Statistical knowledge 6) (Optional) Programming experience and familiarity with languages such as R or Matlab
Expected outcomes: We strongly encourage presentation of results at a scientific conference and ideally co-authorship (or lead authorship) on a scientific peer-reviewed manuscript. Opportunities for a student's results to inform ecosystem-based management are also readily available.
Point of contact (Mentor): Elliott L. Hazen
Organization: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Program office: Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Mailing address: 99 Pacific St. Suite 255A
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone number: 831-658-3202
Fax number: 831-648-8440
Co-Mentor name: Steven Bograd
Co-Mentor email:
Co-Mentor gency or organization: NMFS / SWFSC / Environmental Research Division
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