The Dove Marine Laboratory, a facility of Newcastle University, is the ideal location from which visiting researchers can base their ecological and field based investigations of north-east England’s coastal and marine habitats. We wish to promote collaboration and networking with our researchers, and usage of our excellent facilities. We offer two grants of maximally €2000 annually to support promising PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers (PhD obtained within the last 5 years) from across the MARS network of Marine stations (outside the UK) to undertake research at the Dove Marine Laboratory. These research travel awards are generously supported by the Frank and Joy Williams Dove Benefactor Fund. Research areas covered include: marine ecology; marine mammal or seabird behaviour or ecology; marine spatial planning; marine policy and governance; taxonomy, physiology, behaviour, reproductive biology of marine invertebrates and algae; application of object based image analysis (OBIA) to acoustic data for mapping and monitoring purposes; geomorphology and erosion processes of coastal habitats; plankton dynamics and community structure; research that utilises the long-term Dove Time Series of plankton samples; coastal oceanographic processes; research supporting development of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
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Applications are invited for a 3.5 year research assistantship at University College Dublin which will focus on mapping artificial structures on the east coast of Ireland, assessing their physical characteristics and characterising biota and ecosystem processes on them, on nearby natural analogues and on experimentally enhanced structures in a range of contexts.
Additional funding will be made available to contribute to tuition fees if the successful applicant wishes to undertake a PhD during the contract.
This research will contribute to an interdisciplinary project (Ecostructure), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme 2014-2020, to raise awareness of eco-engineering solutions to the challenge of coastal adaptation to climate change by providing developers and regulators with accessible tools and resources.
The aim is to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual whose laboratory, field and analytical skills are complemented by good communication and reporting skills. A BSc degree in a relevant discipline is required, minimum 2.1 honours or equivalent.
Further details of the post are available via the Job Vacancies link at www.ucd.ie/hr; job reference 009383. All applications must be made online via that link before 5pm on Friday 23 June.
Informal enquiries can be made to Assoc Prof Tasman Crowe, UCD Earth Institute and School of Biology and Environmental Science, email@example.com.
Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity
Ocean-colour data in climate studies advanced training short course
– closing date for applications 24 June 2017 –
Course dates: 18 – 22 September 2017 Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, The Hoe, PL1 3DH, Plymouth, UK
The course will deliver training in ocean-colour data and their applications in climate studies. Remote sensing experts from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) will guide students through a combination of lectures and computer-based exercises covering the following topics:
1) Introduction to ocean colour; 2) Modelling primary production; 3) Ocean colour applications for ecosystem state assessment; 4) Climate impacts and feedbacks; 5) Ocean colour in data assimilation; 6) Dataset archive, management, visualisation and analysis.
Students will also have opportunity of informal discussion with instructors outside of the formal lectures. A visit of the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) that is hosted at PML will be provided.
Contributions towards course costs, accommodation, meals, and travel are covered (restrictions apply).
Eligibility: The UK Natural Environment Research Council will fund attendance for 20 UK-registered PhD students and early-career researchers. The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) will fund two places for registered PhD students and early-career researchers working at overseas POGO-member institutions. In addition, 7-10 places will be funded for current and prospective users of Sentinel 3 data, who are PhD students and early-career researchers in any country of the EU and overseas.
Polar Algae – exploiting cold tolerant phenotypes in polar algae for increased growth and metabolite production
– Deadline by midnight Sunday 18th June 2017 –
– UK NERC-funded Studentship –
NB: VERY SHORT DEADLINE: Applications to Melody Clark by midnight Sunday 18th June Interviews will take place either end of the week of 19th June or early in the week starting 26th June. Studentship must be confirmed by 30th June.
Application procedure: please supply a letter of motivation, CV and two contacts for references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lead Supervisor: Professor Melody Clark, British Antarctic Survey, email@example.com Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Matthew Davey, Department of Plant Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org Professor Alison Smith, Department of Plant Sciences, email@example.com
Requirements: – BSc and/or Masters in a biological (marine or plant preferred) or biochemical discipline. – Ability to travel and work abroad for 3-6 months industrial placement and also spend time in Oban, Scotland for training in algal culture and preservation techniques. – If CASS application is successful for Antarctic fieldwork, the student will need to pass a BAS medical.
The project has three major aims: 1: to characterise growth and metabolic traits in polar marine algae. 2: to collaborate with industry to screen for large scale biomass production. 3: to understand the intra-specific variation between the native populations of key polar diatoms Read more »
May 13-16, 2018, Palais des Congrès, Montreal, Quebec
The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Through a mix of keynote sessions and contributed talks the conference program will address marine biodiversity across a deliberately wide range of relevant sectors. Participation will be encouraged from the broadest possible range of stakeholder groups from academics to industry.
CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES 1. Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society; 2. Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use; 3. To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity; 4. Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services and; 5. Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building.
The 4th WCMB will ‘connect’ scientists with decision and policy makers, NGOs and industry in order to: – Review current knowledge of marine biodiversity and its role in marine ecosystem function and services; – Assess past, present, and future critical threats to marine systems and consider management strategies; – Encourage inter-disciplinary discussions among researchers, policy makers, NGOs and industry; – Discuss sustainable development in the context of biodiversity; – Identify future research and policy priorities
Within specific conferences themes broad areas of current marine biodiversity research and policy challenges will be covered, as well as the five strategic ‘Aichi’ goals described above. The Scientific Committee will build a program over the next year that will incorporate emerging issues and identify invited keynote speakers to review the state-of-the-art of some of the specific themes.
The Carlo Heip Award in Marine Biodiversity was developed in recognition of Carlo Heip’s leadership in marine biodiversity research and founding of the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity. We seek nominations of individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in marine biodiversity science.
The 2018 award nomination cycle will begin on 1st March 2017 and close on 1st September 2017.
Self-nominations are excluded. The nominator must ensure the nominee has approved to be nominated and the requirement to attend to WCMB.
The award recipient will be expected to present a plenary talk at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Montreal in May 2018. The recipient may choose the topic of the talk. The presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the talk. The conference will cover the recipients travel to and from the conference, accommodation, and complimentary conference registration. Thus nominations must only be of people available to attend the WCMB.
The recipient of the 2018 Carlo Heip Award will be chosen and notified in November 2017.
Nominations should address these three evaluation criteria:
Research impact. This may be supported by a list of selected top or all publications or link to Google Scholar profile.
Peer recognition. This may be supported by indicators such as awards, honours, funding, and speaking invitations.
Service. This may be supported by evidence such as meetings organised, teaching, leadership, editorial responsibilities, mentorship, public outreach.
Nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st September 2017. A sub-committee of the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO) will act as the jury for nominations.
Nomination letter, responding to the three evaluation criteria within two pages and confirming the nominee is willing to attend WCMB IV.
Nominee curriculum vitae documenting evidence in support of the criteria. This may include links to supporting materials.
A nomination may include up to three letters of no more than one page each that provide additional support for the nomination. These are optional.
I would like to bring your attention to a new report „The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report“ (SAMBR) released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council.
This Report identifies trends in key marine species and points to important gaps in biodiversity monitoring efforts across key ecosystem components in: sea ice biota, plankton, benthos, marine fishes, seabirds and marine mammals.
Changes in these species are likely to indicate changes in the overall marine environment. The report found that changing food availability, loss of ice habitat, increases in contagious diseases, and the impending invasion of southern species are taking their toll on Arctic marine animals, and pointing to an ecosystem on the verge of a major shift.
The SAMBR provides a status on Arctic biodiversity monitoring, identifying gaps in monitoring activities and a status on where those activities are taking place (see attached graphic).
The report provides advice to improve Arctic biodiversity monitoring activities to provide scientific information to policy makers more quickly. These include better coordination, standardisation of methods, improved consideration of Traditional and Local Knowledge, and attention to filling key information gaps.
The data generated for this report can be found on CAFFs Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS)
Please share this with the GEOBON community
Tom __________________________________________________________________ Tom Barry Executive Secretary Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working group Borgir, Nordurslod 600 Akureyri, Iceland