Population Ecology – Spatial dynamics and assessment of shark populations

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity to develop and implement population assessment methods to investigate the population ecology and dynamics of northeastern Pacific white sharks. The successful candidate will work with partners within a research consortium to build on nine years of mark-recapture data (photographic identifications) and tagging studies. The fellow will develop and parameterize spatially explicit population models to estimate vital demographic rates and population trend for an apex predator with complex migratory patterns driven by reproduction, ontogeny, and seasonal foraging. The position also requires participating in field work on the open ocean in small boats to collect photo ID data and deploy tags. The fellow will be based at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Dr. Salvador Jorgensen, and will work closely with co-investigators at adjoining Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University.

The successful candidate will have excellent science communication skills, a compelling publication record, an interest in developing new research questions, and a proven ability to work both independently and in larger teams. The fellow is expected to engage collaboratively with members of a large research group from diverse institutions (Stanford, Montana State University, UC Davis and others) as well as Aquarium and external policy partners.

Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. in population biology, ecological modeling, fishery science, applied mathematics, applied statistics, or related fields at time of appointment is required. Demonstrated proficiency in numerical modeling and scientific computing is required. In-depth knowledge of mark-recapture population estimation methods is also necessary. Preferred Qualifications: Background in marine ecology, fishery science, statistics, parameter estimation or data assimilation techniques, experience in Baysian approaches. Ocean-going experience and strong aptitude in coordinating and conducting field work in challenging ocean conditions.

30% Write manuscripts

Develop multiple first-author manuscripts, contribute to additional papers

25% Analyze data and develop models
Obtain results by developing models and analyzing data
20% Contribute to field research

Coordinate field activities and maintain equipment and data collection

15% Mentor graduate students and interns
Work closely with graduate and undergraduate student participants

10% Disseminate results at conferences

Present results at symposia; interpret and disseminate results to management agencies and non-science audiences

To apply, submit a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references via the Monterey Bay Aquarium employment website. Apply by Jan 22, 2016.