You want a career in marine biology but your maths is weak. Relax, the basic skills can be mastered.

Marine biology: Charting sea life

You want a career in marine biology but your maths is weak. Relax, the basic skills can be mastered.

Nature 528, 295-297  (2015)        doi:10.1038/nj7581-295a
Published online   09 December 2015       Go to article

This article was originally published in the journal Nature 


Post-Doc/Early Career job opportunities, w.o. 27 December

Post-Doc Positions:

1. EPA. Duluth, MN. Population level risk assessment for wildlife exposed to pesticides. Due 29 January 2016. link.

2. Jena, Germany. Three post-docs in Biodiversity/Ecosystem functioning. Due 31 January 2016. link.




1.  SESYNC Synthesis Research opportunity for Graduate Students. Annapolis, MD, USA. Due 5 Jan 2016.  link.

2. Loewy Fellowship. Mohonk Preserve. Due 15 February 2016. link.

Research Fellowship: Optimal management of multiple threats

Dr Joslin Moore is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral researcher with excellent mathematical modelling skills and optimisation skills to develop frameworks for the optimal management of interacting threats. The opportunity is funded via the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub and is available for full time (with a one year extension subject to funding and performance). The position is also available on a part-time basis.

Project description

As the Research Fellow, you will lead the development of decision frameworks for allocating resources to manage multiple threats and work with managers to apply the framework/s to address current management issues. This will involve:

  1. working with managers to identify management objectives, threats and feasible management actions;
  2. developing models that describe the dynamics of the system and its response to management;
  3. parameterising these models using a combination of direct observation, literature review and expert elicitation;
  4. using appropriate optimisation and analysis tools to identify optimal strategies that account for uncertainty and are feasible for managers to implement.

Two case studies have been identified that will form the initial basis of the work: managing plant invasions across the Australian Alps and managing multiple threats to EPBC listed alpine Sphagnum bogs. The research fellow will have scope to develop additional case studies as appropriate.

Skills and qualifications

Applicants should have the following skills and qualifications:

  1. A PhD in ecology, conservation biology, decision analysis or related discipline. Applications from candidates nearing completion of postgraduate studies (thesis to be submitted prior to appointment) will be considered.
  2. Excellent mathematical modelling and optimisation skills including experience using command line computer programs and developing code to build models and/or undertake analysis.
  1. Ability to effectively work in a team including the capacity to work with managers to identify management objectives and available actions and find practical solutions to resolve management obstacles;
  2. Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills with proven ability to effectively analyse information and produce clear, succinct reports and documents which requires interaction with others;
  3. A keen interest in developing a research program in conservation management that includes working with managers to develop tailored solutions to solve current problems. Previous experience using structured decision making to engage with managers is an advantage

Expressions of Interest

Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to Joslin Moore by Sunday December 13th. Please include:

  1. A cover letter outlining your skills and qualifications, your interest in the project and a brief outline of your research program and goals (3 pages max).
  2. A CV including a list of publications and the contact details of three referees.

Research Fellowship: Regional scale models of seed dispersal

Dr Joslin Moore is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral researcher with excellent mathematical modelling skills to develop landscape-scale mechanistic models of seed dispersal by wind. The opportunity is funded via a 3-year ARC Linkage grant: New multi-scale seed dispersal models for improved regional weed management.

As the Research Fellow, you will lead the development of a spatially explicit decision framework for effective control and surveillance of wind-dispersed invasive plants using Salix cinerea (grey sallow willow) in NE Victoria as a case study. The Research Fellow will:

  1. Measure high frequency, fine scale wind statistics at specific locations across NE Victoria;
  2. Integrate these local-scale wind measurements, fine-scale models of seed escape from the canopy, and weather models to characterise how wind dynamics at multiple scales determine large-scale dispersal patterns in real landscapes; and
  3. Collaborate with land-managers to create a spatially-explicit decision framework that allocates control and surveillance effort across the landscape, accounting for dispersal, habitat suitability, management objectives, costs, and benefits.

Full details including the selection criteria are available at


Joslin Moore,

Post-Doc/Early Career job opportunities, w.o. 30 November

Post-Doc Positions:

1. American Museum of Natural History. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Due 15 Dec. link.


Early Career Positions:

1. Assistant Professor of Biology. Tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor of Biology. Rolling deadline begins Dec 1. link.

2. School of Environmental and Forest Sciences – Assistant Professor. University of Washington. Rolling deadline begins 16 Jan. link.



1. Research Grant Opportunity. Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research for Graduate Students. SESYNC. Due 5 January. link.

Nebraska Post-doc in Population Biology

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Chad Brassil [cbrassil@UNL.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:01 AM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Nebraska Post-doc in Population Biology


THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN is seeking applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Population Biology Program of Excellence.

The goal of the Population Biology-POE Postdoctoral Fellowship is to stimulate synergistic interactions between faculty and postdoctoral scholars interested in the broad area of Population Biology. We are seeking applications from recent PhDs who show promise of conducting cutting edge research related to, and expanding upon, faculty research areas in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences ( The POE also seeks to identify potential postdoctoral fellows who will enhance graduate education, serve as a model for graduate students in career development, and promote interactions among faculty at UNL. Qualified candidates are required to submit a single, coherent 2-year research proposal to be completed under the guidance of a faculty member in the Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (EEB) section in the School of Biological Sciences. The position does not include research funds so the extent of contributions from the faculty sponsor should be addressed in the proposal. While in residence, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to lead a seminar, symposium or outreach project that will appeal to Population Biologists across campus. Applications must include a CV, a 1-page description of previous or current research and a 2- 3 page description of proposed research. Additional proposal guidelines and suggestions should be obtained from the proposed faculty sponsor. In addition, the applicant must arrange for two recommendation letters from non-UNL faculty, and one from the UNL faculty sponsor (a total of 3 letters) to be emailed to the address below. The expected salary will be $45,000 per year with a start date of late August 2016. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed their degree and are new to UNL. Research descriptions for past and current POE postdoctoral fellows can be viewed at

Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Gwen Bachman at: The subject line should read “Population Biology Post-doc application”. Applications should be received by January 22, 2016. We anticipate notifying the successful applicant by February 12, 2016. We strongly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. We assure responsible accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Position Postdoc / Scientific Programmer

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Alison Iles [ilesa@SCIENCE.OREGONSTATE.EDU] Sent: Monday, 30 November 2015 11:39 PM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Position Postdoc / Scientific Programmer

Position Postdoc / Scientific Programmer

The Biodiversity Theory Group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) offers a PhD position on Biodiversity Theory and Ecological Networks. The project will focus on mathematical modeling of the stability and energy fluxes in complex ecological networks, the integration of ecological and biogeochemical models of carbon and nutrient cycles and the combination of ecological and socio-economic models.

The project will be embedded in an integrative and collaborative working
group covering various aspects of biodiversity theory,( ence.html).

The working group is part of an internationally oriented research environment at iDiv that offers ample opportunities for collaborations (

Applications are accepted until December 22nd , 2015 and more information on the position and application details are available online: Postdoc.pdf

Postdoc: Modelling of the land-sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea, Aix-en-Provence, France

From: Wolfgang Cramer []
Sent: Thursday, 5 November 2015 4:11 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Modelling of the land-sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea, Aix-en-Provence, France

Postdoctoral position announcement – Please circulate in your networks and accept our apologies for double-posting

Modelling of the land-sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea under different land management scenarios

We seek a post-doctoral scientist for the project “Towards an integrated prediction of Land & Sea Responses to global change in the Mediterranean Basin” (LaSeR-Med), which focusses on integrated socio-ecological modelling. The duration of the contract is initially one year, with a possible extension for a second year, depending on the initial results. The post-doc will be based within the Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) in Aix-en-Provence, France. The project is part of the Labex OT-Med (

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in physics, chemistry, microbiology, geosciences, environmental sciences or a related field of science. They should be familiar with modelling biogeochemical interactions between ecosystems and capable to further develop existing numerical ecosystem models. Programming skills (C) and modelling experience are therefore mandatory. Knowledge of R and of Unix/Linux environment will be an advantage. The candidate should have good written and oral communication skills. For work, good skills in the English language will be essential.

Our project

Terrestrial and marine ecosystems are connected through groundwater, river discharge and nutrient outflows (especially N and P). River catchments in the Mediterranean are N-intensive regions, mostly due to intensive agriculture in the North and to crop N2 fixation or food & feed import in the South. The fraction of nutrient reaching the sea constitutes significant anthropogenic forcing of many marine biological processes. For simulating the dynamics of the first levels of the marine food web (from nutrients to jellyfishes), the ocean biogeochemical model, Eco3M-MED, used and developed by the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO) within OT-Med, currently uses N and P measurements at river mouths, e.g. for the Rhône.

In order to estimate the impacts of global change on the functioning of marine ecosystems, the project aims at modeling the dependency of N and P outflows to the Mediterreanean sea toward land management. Land management is modelled as part of the agro-ecosystem model LPJmL (Bondeau et al., 2007), that has been especially adapted to the Mediterranean cropping systems (Fader et al., 2015). Among others, LPJmL simulates the daily carbon and water cycles, and the river discharges to the sea. Following existing approaches in the scientific literature, the post-doc will implement the nutrient N and P transfer in LPJmL, covering the net nutrient inputs to the river catchments by accounting for the processes occurring at the agro-ecosystem level (N2 biological fixation, fertilization, atmospheric deposition) and the net food and feed imports. Since only a minor fraction of the net nutrient inputs from Mediterranean basins reaches the sea, the retention along the nutrient cascade will have to be added to the LPJmL river routing scheme, similarly to the method used by the Riverstrahler model. Once the nutrient transfers have been introduced into LPJmL, simulations will be validated using current climate and land use forcing for comparisons with the existing observations from river outlets. Finally, future conditions will be assessed by using the model with scenarios of changing regional climate and land use / land management.

Your application

Applications should contain a suitable motivation letter describing your anticipated role in the project, a CV, a list of scientific publications and the names of at least two scientists that can be contacted for references. They must be sent to Ms. Gabriela Boéri (gabriela.boeri). Please prepare your application as a single file in pdf-format.

Questions about the project or the position can be directed to Dr. Alberte Bondeau (alberte.bondeau). The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found – work should start soon after that date. The salary and contract conditions will be determined according to standards set by Aix-Marseille University – questions in this regard can be directed to Sophie Pekar (pekar).

Post-Doc/Early Career job opportunities, w.o. 9 November

Post-Doc Positions:

1. Postdoc: Modelling of the land-sea nutrient transfer to the Mediterranean sea, Aix-en-Provence, France. link


Early Career Positions:

1. Colby College. 1-year faculty-fellow. Environmental Studies Program. Due 8 Jan. 2016. link

2. UC Santa Barbara. Faculty positions in Coastal Marine Ecology, and in Quantitative Ecology. Due 7 December. link link

3. Washington University in St. Louis. Biology Faculty Position. Rolling Deadline, starting 15 Nov. link

4. UC San Diego. Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. Rolling deadline, starting, 13 Nov. link



1. NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program. Due 1 Feb 2016. link