MERCES: webinar on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts’ at 15.00h CET 15 February.

MERCES: webinar on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts’ at 15.00h CET 15 February.

The EU Horizon 2020 project MERCES (Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas) (http://www.merces-project.eu/) is holding a webinar on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts’ at 15.00h Central European Time on Thursday 15 February. Further details can be found at https://news.grida.no/getting-better-value-from-our-coasts. Pre-registration is required.

Further information on the MERCES project can be obtained by contacting merces@deepseasolutions.co.uk

There are two talks of about 20 minutes each.

Valuing Multiple Eelgrass Ecosystem Services in Sweden: Fish Production and Uptake of Carbon and Nitrogen

Dr Scott Cole, EnviroEconomics Sweden Consultancy, Gothenburg and Dr Per-Olav Moksnes, University of Gothenburg

Eelgrass meadows create several important ecosystem functions, which in turn provide society with important ecosystem goods and services. Along the Swedish northwest coast, more than 60 %, approximately 12 500 ha, of the eelgrass beds have vanished since the 1980s as a result of coastal eutrophication and overfishing. How can we value the many different benefits of eelgrass beds and what have we lost? Scott Cole, an environmental economist, will discuss a three-year research project that developed an interdisciplinary framework for estimating the monetary value associated with multiple ecosystem services provided by eelgrass meadows and how the consideration of multiple benefits in the coastal zone leads to better management decisions.

Using 3D Computer graphics to convey restoration goals to decision makers and the general public.

Professor Johan van der Koppel, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

In this session, Johan van de Koppel will outline a new technique for presenting the projected outcome of nature restoration and compensation projects using a combination of ecological models and 3D visualization techniques. Using ecological simulation models, we predict the way in which ecosystems might evolve following restoration measures. This is then used as the basis for 3D Computer Graphics techniques that can build photo-realistic representations of what ecosystems may look like following restoration. These representations, in photo, video, or virtual reality formats, can be used the convince decision makers and the general audience of the value of ecosystem restoration and how they might be used for habitat compensation planning in the coastal zone.

We hope you and your colleagues will be able to join us.

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Opportunity to get Antarctic marine biological samples

Opportunity to get Antarctic marine biological samples

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a member of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) UK node. EMBRC is a group of leading European marine research centres, which is also known as a distributed Research Infrastructure (RI). It provides access to European coastal seas and the endemic fauna, with the addition of Antarctica via BAS.

As part of EMBRC, ASSEMBLE PLUS brings together and opens up research infrastructures to all European researchers in the marine field, from both academia and industry. Researchers can apply for funding bi-annually to collaborate with BAS and collect samples and specimens from the BAS Rothera Research station in Antarctica.

For further information and to apply click here.

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AWI: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NF-POGO CofE

AWI: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NF-POGO CofE

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NF-POGO CofE at the AWI on Helgoland & Sylt, Autumn 2018 (1. year , phase III)

The Alfred Wegner Institute is delighted to announce its 5th year hosting the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE); providing world class education, training and career development programmes in oceanography.

The 10 month training programme will take place on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Wadden Sea island of Sylt, Germany.

Scholars will receive training in core research skills (project design, implementation, analysis and presentation) and specialized topics including remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions & modelling.
Scholars will carry out an independent research project, mentored and supervised by an AWI scientist.
Applications are invited from ocean science trainees from emerging and developed countries. (Applications from emerging countries are particularly encouraged and 1-2 places will be allocated for developed countries)

A full scholarship will be provided by the NF-POGO CofE covering travel, accommodation, tuition and a modest allowance.

Deadline for applications is *9th March 2018*. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May and the programme will begin in *September 2018*.

For further information including details of the application process see https://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo.html

Application: https://www.awi.de/en/about-us/sites/helgoland/visiting-scientists/centre-of-excellence-nf-pogo/submission.html

Apologies for any cross-posting.
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Dr. Eva – Maria Brodte
Biosciences | Shelf Sea System Ecology

Koordinatorin der Gastforschung AWI Helgoland
und Sylt Scientific coordinator NF-POGO Centre of Excellence Coordinator Guest Science Programme AWI Helgoland and Sylt

Biologische Anstalt Helgoland
Alfred Wegener Institute
Kurpromenade
D-27498 Helgoland

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WCMB 2018: 1st recipient of Carlo Heip Award announced

WCMB 2018: 1st recipient of Carlo Heip Award announced

The Carlo Heip International Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science was inaugurated in recognition of Carlo Heip’s leadership in marine biodiversity research and founding of the ‘World Conference on Marine Biodiversity’. http://www.wcmb2018.org/carlo-heip-award.html

After reviewing 9 outstanding nominations, the IABO nominated jury made the award to Carlos Duarte:

1st Carlo Heip Award Recipient

Prof. Carlos M. Duarte, Director of the Red Sea Research Center and Tarek Ahmed Juffalli Chair in Red Sea Ecology of King Abdullah University of Science Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been selected as the first recipient of the Carlo Heip Award. He is a world-wide leading authority on seagrasses. He has published on all aspects of seagrass ecology, from population biology to genetics, from depth and geographical distribution patterns to their role in biogeochemical cycles, and from conservation strategies to their sensitivity towards climate change. His pioneering work on seagrasses and other vegetated systems eventually led – in collaboration with different UN agencies – to the development of “blue carbon” strategies, which has provided a strong impetus to the conservation of vegetated coastal ecosystems.

Carlos may be the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation: he works from the tropics to polar ecosystems, from macrophytes to microbes, from coastal systems to open ocean gyres using all type of approaches. His research is characterized by independence, creativity, serendipity and interdisciplinary linking of thought-to-be separate fields. Many of his synthesis papers have set the stage for the field; e.g. his work initiated the discussion on the heterotrophic nature of oligotrophic systems and identified the role of hypoxia thresholds for marine biodiversity. To date, he has over 630 publications cited 42,000 times. As was Carlo Heip, he has been listed amongst the mostly highly cited scientists by Thomson Reuters.

Recognizing the many gaps in our understanding of the deep-sea pelagic ecosystem, Duarte lead the Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition, involving more than 500 scientists, and that sailed the oceans between 2010 and 2011 to provide a global assessment of the deep- sea biodiversity and functioning. Other leadership service roles included editing journals, being a member of numerous international scientific committees, and being President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

During the last decade, his publications have been instrumental to advance our understanding of the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems, organisms and biodiversity. He has also contributed original work to science in support of policy and management towards sustainable use of ecosystems.

Finally, Carlos Duarte together with the late Carlo Heip initiated the World Marine Biodiversity Conference series and organized and chaired the first of these conferences in Valencia.

Carlos will be a keynote speaker at the WCMB in Montreal 13-16th May 2018. All WCMB delegates are invited to the Carlo Heip Award ceremony on Tuesday evening 15th May 2018.

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Dr Mark J. Costello, Institute of Marine Science,
Science Building 302, Level 3, Room 315, 23 Symonds Street,
University of Auckland, P. Bag 92019,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

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UEA (UK): PhD project on trace gas production by seaweeds – urgent deadline

UEA (UK): PhD project on trace gas production by seaweeds – urgent deadline

Biogenic trace gas production by seaweeds: exploring the impacts of worldwide aquaculture expansion (MALIN_UENV18EE)

Please read the recruitment introduction http://www.enveast.ac.uk/projects/recruitment-introduction for more information about eligibility, how to apply, and possibilities for further funding.
If you meet the residency requirements but are not a native English speaker please also check the English language requirements https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/entry-requirements.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Gill Malin http://www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/people/profile/g-malin
University of East Anglia (UEA) – School of Environmental Sciences
Other supervisors:
– Professor Bill Sturges (UEA)
– Dr. Emma Elvidge (UEA)
– Dr Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association of the UK)
– Professor Siew Moi Phang (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)

Deadline for nominating a candidate: Friday 9 February 2018, noon. Apply as soon as possible!
Interviews: 12 February 2018 (UEA)

Project description

Scientific Background

Seaweeds are major components of coastal ecosystems worldwide. Alongside microalgae, they provide essential ecosystem services including using carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Our research shows they are also remarkable producers of trace gases that contain halogens (Br, Cl and/or I) or sulphur. Such gases are important for global biogeochemical cycles, chemical reactions in the atmosphere, cloud formation and climate.
This PhD is an exciting opportunity to advance understanding of trace gas production by seaweeds, today and in the future. With climate changing and the population increasing, demand for food, fuel, feed and other products are increasing pressure on marine resources. Seaweed production has increased 20-fold since 1970 and has helped people escape poverty in disadvantaged coastal areas. Your challenge is to investigate whether trace gases from worldwide expansion of seaweed farming could have important consequences for the climate.

Objectives

• Use gas chromatography mass spectrometry to examine trace gas production for a range of lab-grown or field-collected temperate and tropical seaweeds.
• Experimentally determine how current and future conditions (light, temperature, nutrients, CO2,) influence seaweed trace gas production.
• Investigate whether seaweed-derived organics and sea surface microlayer bacteria reduce trace gases emissions.
• Explore future scenarios for seaweed aquaculture in terms of environmental impacts and the positive social contexts for aquaculture. Could low trace gas/strong microlayer seaweeds be selected to reduce emissions?

Supervisory team

Based at the University of East Anglia (Dr Gill Malin, Prof Bill Sturges, Dr Emma Elvidge), this studentship will include travel/research opportunities with co-supervisors Prof Siew Moi Phang (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur) and Dr Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, Plymouth). We are a strong multidisciplinary team with excellent track records for research on algae, trace gases and microlayers.

Training

You will develop advanced lab and field research skills plus transferable skills to help in your future career.

Funding

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners.
Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2018/19, the stipend will be £14,777.

Candidate Profile

This project would suit a self-motivated student, with a good experimental skills and practical ingenuity. Relevant analytical skills and an appreciation of algae would be ideal. You should have/anticipate at least a 2i BSc and/or an MRes or MSc in the Biological, Chemical or Environmental Sciences.
If you are interested please apply as soon as you possibly can so that we can consider your application, arrange a pre-interview etc. Applications must be made via https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply Contact Gill Malin by email g.malin@uea.ac.uk or phone 01603 592531 (leave your contact number if you get my answerphone) if you wish to discuss the project ahead of making an application. Our absolute deadline for nominating a candidate is mid-day Friday 9th February 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed at UEA (Norwich, UK) in person on 12 February 2018.

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Centres of scientific excellence in Poland funded by MPG and NCN: Dioscuri call opened

Centres of scientific excellence in Poland funded by MPG and NCN: Dioscuri call opened

On behalf of the National Science Centre in Poland we are pleased to announce the recent possibility of funding your excellent research in Poland within a Dioscuri scheme.

Dioscuri is a programme initiated by the German Max Planck Society (MPG), jointly managed with the National Science Centre in Poland (NCN), and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The Dioscuri scheme is designed to establish Centres of Scientific Excellence at Polish Host Institutions. Addressees of the call are researchers with a PhD degree obtained within a period not exceeding fifteen years prior to the submission of their application to Dioscuri.
Funding will be provided by the NCN from the resources contributed by MNiSW and BMBF. Polish Host Institution will receive up to € 300,000 annually to be spent exclusively on the Dioscuri Centre’s operations.
To learn more about the call visit www.ncn.gov.pl/dioscuri or www.mpg.de/dioscuri.

Did you know that you can apply for NCN funds even if you do not have Polish citizenship?

The only condition is that projects we fund must be carried out at Polish host institutions. So, if you have ever thought of coming and conducting your basic research in Poland, we have a variety of opportunities for you.
For other funding opportunities see the NCN website.

Best regards,
Joanna Płaszewska
Zespół ds. informacji i promocji
NARODOWE CENTRUM NAUKI
ul. Królewska 57
30-081 Kraków

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AWI: Oceans Past VII Conference, Bremerhaven, Germany: 22th to 26th October 2018

AWI: Oceans Past VII Conference, Bremerhaven, Germany: 22th to 26th October 2018

Tracing human interactions with marine ecosystems through deep time: implications for policy and management

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
& the German Maritime Museum,
Bremerhaven, Germany:
22th to 26th October 2018
More information: http://oceanspast.org/oceanspastvii.html
Official Conference Website: www.awi.de/conferences/opp7

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Travel awards for young ostracod researchers going to IPC5 in Paris

Travel awards for young ostracod researchers going to IPC5 in Paris

The International Research Group on Ostracoda, together with the Society of Friends of IRGO, is happy to support the participation of two young researchers at the 5th International Palaeontological Conference (July
9-13, 2018) in Paris, France https://ipc5.sciencesconf.org/

Two travel awards of 1000 Euro each will be awarded to Master or Ph.D.
students who will present their research (oral or poster) at the IPC 5.
It is expected that Ostracoda will play a key role in their presentation. Contributions from all disciplines and geological times are welcome.

Applicants should include
a short cover letter (detailing the status of the project, and the planned format of the contribution),
a short CV, and
a scientific abstract of their talk/poster.

Applications should be submitted as a PDF before January 31, 2018, to the chair of SF*IRGO, Dr Renate Matzke-Karasz (matzke-karasz@lmu.de).
All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the members of the advisory board of SF*IRGO.

This call is also online:
www.support-irgo.net/activities/irgo-young-researchers-travel-grant/

Acknowledgements:
These grants wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of many of you to SF*IRGO. Thank you all!
Special thanks go to the voluntary instructors of the European School on Ostracoda, as well as to Elisabeth (Lotte) Kempf and Dr. Anton Waltschew for their major donations.

Looking forward to receiving many applications!

Cheers,
Renate Matzke-Karasz

[MJC]
IRGO and SF*IRGO: www.ostracoda.net
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PD Dr. Renate Matzke-Karasz
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences GeoBio-Center LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen

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IGNITE: “Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates” – 15 PhD positions available

IGNITE: “Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates” – 15 PhD positions available

We are happy to announce that 15 PhD/Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions now available in the Pan-European MSCA-ITN “Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates”
(IGNITE) Network of institutions and companies for a maximum duration of 36 months.

All positions, several on marine invertebrate genomics, will open on 1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The deadline for applications is 28th February 2018 (23:59 CET).

Europe is home to world-leading expertise in invertebrate genomics and the aim of IGNITE is to gather together this European excellence to train a new generation of scientists skilled in all aspects of invertebrate genomics.

The well-trained genome scientists emerging from IGNITE will be in great demand in universities, research institutions, as well as in software, biomedical, agrofood and pharmaceutical companies. Through their excellent interdisciplinary and intersectoral training spanning from biology and geobiology to bioinformatics and computer science, our graduates will be in a prime position to take up leadership roles in both academia and industry in order to drive the complex changes needed to advance sustainability of our knowledge-based society and economy.

IGNITE is an European Training Network and we are searching for applicants with a broad interest in invertebrate genomics.
The IGNITE consortium acknowledges that genomics is still a largely male-dominated field and aims to change this situation.
Females are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply and for general information about the positions, please visit our central application tool available here:
<https://portal.graduatecenter-lmu.de/ocgc/ignite>

For a detailed description of the individual projects please see:
<http://www.itn-ignite.eu/projects/>

best wishes

Gert

Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Paleontology & Geobiology & GeoBio-CenterLMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Director, Bavarian State Collections of Palaeontology and Geology Richard-Wagner-Straße 10
80333 München
Germany

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EMBS 53: Belgium, 17-21 September 2018

EMBS 53: Belgium, 17-21 September 2018

53rd European Marine Biology Symposium

Venue: De Grote Post @ Ostend, Belgium
Date: 17-21 September 2018
Local organisation: VLIZ

THEMES

– SCIENCE FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
– SCIENCE IN A MODERN ERA
– CITIZEN SCIENCE
– SCIENCE IN THE NORTH SEA
– GENERAL SESSION

REGISTRATION & ABSTRACT

Submission opened: January 15, 2018
Deadline abstract submission: April 15, 2018 (no extension)
Notification on abstract acceptance: May 15, 2018
Deadline early bird registration: May 31, 2018
Deadline late registration: August 31, 2018
EMBS53: September 17-21, 2018

MORE INFORMATION

EMBS 53 SECRETARIAT
Flanders Marine Institute – VLIZ
InnovOcean site – Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende
www.vliz.be | E-mail: info@embs53.org
T: +32 59 34 21 30 | www.embs53.org

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