NSF GRIP NOAA Opportunity Position
Project title: Salmonid ecological genomics
Hypothesis or objectives: The objectives are to use genetic tools to understand ecological and life history variation in salmonid fishes, including but not limited to Chinook salmon and steelhead. The internship opportunity is broadly defined, but could include work on the effects of dam removal on population dynamics and ecological life history, the genetic basis of anadromy and residency in steelhead, or evaluation of genetic diversity as it relates to run timing in salmonids, which are all questions of conservation and management concern. The research may involve both field work and genetic/genomic data analysis.
Duration: 3 - 12 months
Area(s) of discipline: Biology, Ecology, Genetics
Internship location: Seattle, WA
Duties and responsibilities: The specific duties and responsibilities for the interns will depend on experience, background, and interest in particular aims of the study that the student will be involved in. At a minimum, the students will work collaboratively with tribal, state or federal biologists, participating as needed in field collection, processing samples for genetic work in the lab, data analysis and synthesis, and manuscript preparation with the PIs on the project.
Special skills/training required: We seek highly motivated students in the areas of ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics/genomics to participate in this program.
Expected outcomes: The students will participate in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team(s). The team of PIs will work with the intern in the beginning to identify a mutually interesting aspect of the research for their project and will gain skills in the areas desired by mentors and students. This could include, but is not limited to, examining ecological research hypotheses with existing genomic data, or building upon existing datasets with new data.
Point of contact (Mentor): Nichols, Krista
Organization: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Program office: Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Mailing address: 2725 Montlake Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone number: 206-302-2470
Fax number: None
Co-Mentor name: Jeff Hard
Co-Mentor email:
Co-Mentor gency or organization: NOAA Fisheries
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