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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

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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State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report

State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report

Dear Colleagues

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.

Further information can be found here:

The data generated for this report can be found on CAFFs Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS)

Please share this with the GEOBON community

Best regards

Tom Barry
Executive Secretary
Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
Arctic Council Working group
Borgir, Nordurslod
600 Akureyri, Iceland

Source: MARINE-B

Herman Hummel stepping down as MARS President

Herman Hummel stepping down as MARS President

Dear colleagues,

It was an honour and pleasure to have presided the MARS community for the last 4 years. In these years we have seen drastic changes in the landscape of marine stations. The existence of some stations was threatened and funding has been structured towards strategic applied sciences and large scale infrastructures. The role of, especially smaller, marine stations with their often curiosity driven research, is under pressure. The need for a stronger central representation of marine stations through MARS is more needed and evident than ever before.
The set-up for new approaches, an overarching programme and a business plan within MARS has now been recently agreed upon in order to reinforce the position of marine stations. We are now going full steam ahead with the implementation of this new approach. This will be a major task for the new President to lead. It is with confidence that I hand over this task to Matt Frost, deputy director of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. I wish the whole MARS community a new period of prosperity, with ample funding possibilities to carry out marine science.

Best regards, Herman Hummel (Past-President)

Herman Hummel, MARS president

Herman Hummel, MARS president

Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel was elected as President of the MARS (The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations) in 2013, after having a successful relevant career as the Executive Director of the MarBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning) NoE (Network of Excellence).
After his two successful terms on the presidency of MARS, he leaves behind many glaring achievements, such as:
– the update of the MARS statutes, under the Dutch legal system
– the collaboration between MARS and WAMS (the World Association of Marine Stations)
– a series of successful MARS Assembly (3) and Executive Board meetings (8)
– a suite of short term grants for early career scientists (8), which were able to move between the 62 MARS stations and institutes
– the successful chairing of the EMBOS (European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System) COST ACTION , which allied 43 senior scientists from 22 EU and other countries. This particular Network created a legacy on marine biodiversity observation all over the EU, which had never occurred in the past. The results of this COST ACTION project are being available as a collection of research articles in the international peer-reviewed JMBA (Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom)
– at the same time, as president of the EMBS (European Marine Biology Symposia), he further supported the broader scientific community on the discipline of marine biology in Europe and attracted much more participation from overseas

We thank him for his invaluable contributions and chairmanship.

Christos Arvanitidis, on behalf of the MARS Executive Board

MARS: new president

MARS: new president

Dr. Matt Frost, new MARS President (MBA, UK)

The four years term of Herman Hummel as President of MARS has ended. The statutes do not allow another extension of the term.

The Executive Board has elected Matt Frost as the new President. He will take over the duties by the first of May.

Dr. Matt Frost is MBA Deputy Director for policy and knowledge exchange, with particular responsibility for the Association as a membership organisation.

New members of the Executive Board

New members of the Executive Board

The term of several members of the Executive Board has ended. Ferdinando Boero and Alf Norkko (Full Member), Mike Thorndyke (past President), Pierre Lasserre (co-opted for UNESCO), Ricardo Santos (co-opted for Deep Sea affairs and EU) will have to leave the board. We are very grateful for their investment in, and coordination of, MARS.

We welcome Alexander Tzetlin (MSU, Moscow, Russia) and Iwona Pawliczka (Hel-IO UG, Poland) as new board members (Full Member).

Herman Hummel, on behalf of MARS

MARS Directors Meeting 2017

MARS Directors Meeting 2017

The MARS directors meeting has been held last month hosted by IH Cantabria, Universidad de Cantabria(IHC), Centro Oceanográfico de Santander (COS-IEO), and Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico (MMC), Santander Spain, (30 January – 2 February 2017).
The main aim of this meeting was to evaluate the scope of MARS and discuss an agenda for the future.
The discussions were very fruitful and resulted in recommendations for adapting the scope and title of MARS, allocation of the budget, and development of an overarching (research) project.
This all will be taken up by the Executive Board for further decisions and action, including a position paper on the future of marine research and marine research stations, and an outline/proposal for an overarching theme.

We thank Jose Juanes De La Peña, Luis Valdes, Alicia Lavín, Gerardo García-Castrillo and their crew for the excellent organization (and social events) of the MARS directors meeting 2017.

Herman Hummel, President of MARS, and the MARS secretariat

You can find the executive summary and the minutes (MARS members only) of the meeting here.