NSF GRIP NOAA Opportunity Position
Project title: - For Graduate Students: Ecological causes and social consequences of alternative fishing strategies on the US West Coast
Hypothesis or objectives: Marine fisheries on the US West Coast harvest more than a billion pounds of seafood annually, valued at more than $750 million. This project aims to determine how social connectivity among fishers influences the sustainability of the fisheries they prosecute, against a backdrop of climate variability and change. We are tackling this important topic by modeling how laws, ecology, and individual personality combine to influence where, when, and how people fish. The successful fellow will build tools that identify alternative fishing strategies and model or groundtruth changes in fisheries participation using interviews and/or new high resolution GPS and catch data from commercial fisheries on the US West Coast. In addition, the successful fellow may consider how climatic forcing has or will alter yields from fisheries in different places along the coast, and how that influences community well-being. It is a truly interdisciplinary research project that combines cutting-edge advances in theoretical and empirical ecology with fisheries economics and environmental anthropology and sociology.
Duration: 3 - 12 months
Area(s) of discipline: Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, Living Marine Resources, Marine And Aquatic Sciences, Oceanography, Social Sciences, Spatial Analysis, Zoology
Internship location: Seattle, WA
Duties and responsibilities: 1. Use R software to compile and link several fisheries databases. 2. Organize and analyze fisheries data to determine the ecological causes and social consequences of alternative fishing strategies on the US West Coast. 3. Write and submit a manuscript(s) for peer-reviewed publication based on these analyses.
Special skills/training required: 1. Ability to work independently. 2. Excellent communication skills. 3. Familiarity with excel, LaTeX, and R. 4. Can think and write clearly. 5. Responsive to emails and phone calls. 6. Good time management skills. 7. Ability to review and understand scientific literature. 8. Knowledge of statistics and ecological modeling.
Expected outcomes: Exposure to statistical analysis of big data. Understanding of marine fisheries, fishing strategies, and the influence of fisheries in marine ecosystems. Introduction to data management, analysis, and scientific writing.
Point of contact (Mentor): Jameal Samhouri
Organization: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Program office: NWFSC
Mailing address: 2725 Montlake Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone number: 206-302-1740
Fax number: None
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