Ph.D. fellowships Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Ph.D. fellowships Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program 2017 – 2018

NEW CALLS – closing date 12 September 2017

Positions on offer

Ph.D. fellowships are available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy). Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates.

The closing date for applications is SEPTEMBER 12th 2017
1. Integrating observational data to understand phytoplankton dynamics in a changing world
2. New fluorescent proteins from the sea
3. Short-term responses of marine bacteria and phytoplankton to disturbance in marine coastal areas by automated high-frequency flow cytometry
4. Bacteria-diatom interactions in the context of oxylipin production
5. Structure function and evolution of the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of 5-thiohistidines: from life in the ocean to implications for human health

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Dove Marine Laboratory: grants for MARS members

Dove Marine Laboratory: grants for MARS members

The Dove Marine Laboratory

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

For more information, and application, click here.

Dr Jane Delany, Director Dove Marine Laboratory

Specialist Course Ecological applications of biomarkers in aquatic food web studies

Specialist Course Ecological applications of biomarkers in aquatic food web studies

Specialist Course for PhD students on Ecological applications of biomarkers in aquatic food web studies.

We hereby want to announce the Specialist Course for PhD students on Ecological applications of biomarkers in aquatic food web studies.

This course will take place at Ghent University from September 18th until September 22th 2017.

More info can be found on

Marleen De Troch
Assistant Professor
Department Biology
Research group Marine Biology
Ghent University
– coordinator of Mares doctoral program
– member of Aquaculture Consortium:

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Research Assistant – ecology of coastal marine artificial structures

Research Assistant – ecology of coastal marine artificial structures

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; 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,

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Training course: Ocean-colour data in climate studies

Training course: Ocean-colour data in climate studies

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.

Course webpage:

Contributions towards course costs, accommodation, meals, and travel are covered (restrictions apply).

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.

How to register:
Please use this web link to register for this course ( Deadline for applications is 24 June 2017.

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

PhD funding: Polar Algae – UK NERC-funded

PhD funding: Polar Algae – UK NERC-funded

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
Lead Supervisor: Professor Melody Clark, British Antarctic Survey,
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Matthew Davey, Department of Plant Sciences, Professor Alison Smith, Department of Plant Sciences,

– 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
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WCMB2018: Montreal, Quebec, 13-16 May 2018

WCMB2018: Montreal, Quebec, 13-16 May 2018

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

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.

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.

Abstract submission for the 4th WCMB is now open!




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.

Nomination Information

  1. The 2018 award nomination cycle will begin on 1st March 2017 and close on 1st September 2017.
  2. Self-nominations are excluded. The nominator must ensure the nominee has approved to be nominated and the requirement to attend to WCMB.
  3. 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.
  4. The recipient of the 2018 Carlo Heip Award will be chosen and notified in November 2017.
  5. Nominations should address these three evaluation criteria:
    1. Research impact. This may be supported by a list of selected top or all publications or link to Google Scholar profile.
    2. Peer recognition. This may be supported by indicators such as awards, honours, funding, and speaking invitations.
    3. Service. This may be supported by evidence such as meetings organised, teaching, leadership, editorial responsibilities, mentorship, public outreach.
  6. Nominations should be submitted to by 1st September 2017. A sub-committee of the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO) will act as the jury for nominations.

Submission Documents

  1. Nomination letter, responding to the three evaluation criteria within two pages and confirming the nominee is willing to attend WCMB IV.
  2. Nominee curriculum vitae documenting evidence in support of the criteria. This may include links to supporting materials.
  3. 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.


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52nd EMBS Portorož (Slovenia), 25-29 September 2017

52nd EMBS Portorož (Slovenia), 25-29 September 2017

The 52nd EMBS will take place at PortoRož, Slovenia (25-29 September 2017) organized by the National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran


  • Marine symbiosis
  • Advanced microscopy and imaging in biology
  • Benthic-pelagic coupling
  • Marine metagenomics
  • General session

Important dates

  • 15 May 2017 – New deadline for submission of abstracts
  • 31 May 2017 – New notification of abstract acceptance
  • 15 June 2017 – New end of early bird registration rate
  • 31 August 2017 – Deadline for late registration
  • 25-29 September 2017 – 52nd EMBS
More information can be found here.


Online registration is still open!