AWI: PhD position: Global change impact on plankton ecophysiology (Helgoland)

AWI: PhD position: Global change impact on plankton ecophysiology (Helgoland)

The section Shelf Sea System Ecology at the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Germany, invites applications for the position of a

PhD student
in Global Change Impact on Plankton Ecophysiology.

The position is part of the newly BMBF-funded project PlanktoSERV in the junior working group led by Dr. Cédric Meunier. The aim of this project is to realistically assess the impact of global change on plankton individuals, populations, and communities and to provide a robust understanding of future ecosystem services alterations. This project will support three PhD students, one postdoc, and one impact analyst.

For more information about the position and on how to apply please follow the link:

Deadline: 2 November 2017

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Dove Marine Laboratory: Marine Citizen Science Project Co-ordinator (UK)

Dove Marine Laboratory: Marine Citizen Science Project Co-ordinator (UK)

Marine Citizen Science Project Co-ordinator

Capturing our Coast is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, and engages volunteers in the collection of rocky shore biodiversity data and ecological studies. Over 4000 members of the public have signed up to find out about these opportunities. We are looking for a new team member to work with us from our Newcastle University hub, based at the Dove Marine Laboratory, delivering our training programmes and co-ordinating activity across our 7 hubs in England Scotland and Wales. This person will be qualified to degree level (preferably PhD), and will be experienced in project management and team working. She/he will have knowledge of temperate rocky shore ecology. Please contact Dr Jane Delany for information queries
For further information please see details page on our website.

Closing Date: 20th October 2017
Interview Date: 30th October 2017

AAU: 3 Assistant/Associate Professors Marine and Maritime Studies (FIN)

AAU: 3 Assistant/Associate Professors Marine and Maritime Studies (FIN)

Three (3) Assistant/Associate Professors in Marine and Maritime Studies (Tenure Track)

The three appointed Assistant/Associate Professors will form the backbone of Åbo Akademi University’s research profile in Marine and Maritime studies (‘The Sea’), which is the most recent strategic expansion based on a major grant from the Academy of Finland. The grant foresees the establishment of three new Assistant/Associate tenure track Professorships which, after successful attainment of individually set goals, will lead to full Professorships. At the same time, Åbo Akademi University is recruiting visiting Professors who will support and further strengthen the profile.


Assistant/Associate Professor in Marine Ecology

All areas of marine ecology will be considered, but candidates whose research focuses on coastal and archipelago ecosystems, in particular structural and functional aspects of biodiversity in relation to natural and anthropogenic environmental stressors, and/or interdisciplinary aspects of indicators and decision support systems in relation to governance and management options for the marine environment, will be given priority.
The appointment is expected to begin on March 1, 2018.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Industrial Management

The appointed Assistant/Associate professor will contribute to the Centre of Excellence with cutting-edge research in the area of research on sustainable, large-scale infrastructure systems, particularly within seaborne transportation and energy (such as seamless end-to-end logistics including both tangible and intangible flows). Special focus is on shipping, seaborne logistics and ship-building as it is at the core of the Finnish industrial strategy.
The appointment is expected to begin on September 3, 2018.

Assistant/Associate Professor in Public Administration/Political Science

The appointed Assistant/Associate Professor will contribute to the Centre of Excellence with cutting-edge research in the area of governance of sea areas, in theory and in practice, including analysis over human – environment interaction on different societal and natural scales. Research background in public administration, political science, sustainability science, law and other social sciences are considered as a merit for the position, as well as interdisciplinary research experience.
Special focus for this position is on the interplay between human activities and maritime nature.
The appointment is expected to begin on September 3, 2018.


Please submit your electronic application with enclosures in English (see webpage).

Candidates are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2017 at 15.00 Finnish time.

For more information click here.

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Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA joint call for proposals

Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA joint call for proposals

2017-2018 Joint Call

Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 international call for research proposals on “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”
The Call will address the two following major (non-exclusive) priorities:
– Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
– Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.”

25 funding organisations from 23 countries are joining this call:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium#, Brazil (State of Sao Paulo only), Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America.
# confirmed for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation; decision for the federal level still pending

Some Funding organisations may also define specific funding rules allowing the funding of teams from low-income and lower-middle income countries. This information is detailed in the Funding organisations’ rules. If you would like to use this opportunity, please make sure to contact your Funding Organisation Contact Point.

The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA partners together with the European Commission (EC)*have provisionally reserved more than 25 million Euros for this call.
(*EC contribution is still tentative, pending on the signature of the Grant Agreement of the BiodivScen project)

Scientific teams are invited to form international consortia comprising research groups from at least three countries participating in the call.
Consortia are highly encouraged to involve at least two teams from two different EU Member States or H2020 Associated Countries to be eligible for EC funding (here: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey).

Proposals should also clearly demonstrate the added value linked to the international nature of the projects and to the level of collaboration between teams from different countries.

Proposals will be evaluated according to criteria of
(i) scientific excellence,
(ii) policy relevance and societal impact (which includes stakeholder engagement), and
(iii) quality and efficiency of the project implementation.

For more information on the objectives and possible approaches for stakeholder engagement in research projects, please check the BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook.

A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory pre-registration of projects at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step. Pre-registrations and full proposals (to be written in English) must be submitted electronically with the Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The link to the EPSS will be available on the Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA websites.
Each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.


Release date of the call: Monday 02 October 2017
Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory): Friday 01 December 2017, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)
Deadline for submission of full-proposals: Friday 09 March 2018, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels)

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Leiden university: Assistant Professor Community Ecology (NL)

Leiden university: Assistant Professor Community Ecology (NL)

Assistant Professor in the field of Community Ecology (Tenure Track)

The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of the Leiden University (Netherlands) is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Community Ecology (1.0 fte) (Tenure Track)
Vacancy number: 17-400

Information Tenure Track

Our Tenure track is expected to lead to a tenured position as associate professor and grow into the role of a full professor. With our Tenure track we offer you a clear and inviting career path to support you in the development of your personal and professional talents. It has a strong focus on coaching and training. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop your academic leadership skills.

You can read more about our Tenure Track here.

The track consists of a temporary appointment for a period of six years maximum. The gross monthly salary at assistant professor level is between € 3,475.- and € 5,405.- (pay scale 11 or 12) depending on your level of experience.
An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and other benefits; these include an annual holiday premium of 8%, an end-of-year premium of 8.3% and a paid parental leave of 62,5%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Written applications using the vacancy number and including a brief description of a research plan, a full vitae, a list of publications, as well as the names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted), should be submitted before 12 October 2017.
Interviews will take place on October 19th between 0900 and 1300 (local time).

More information about the vacancy can be found here.

IUCN: Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat (UK)

IUCN: Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat (UK)

The Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership would like to draw your attention to the following Vacancy Announcement. Applications should be directed as indicated below.

With best wishes
Kathy MacKinnon
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat

Application deadline: Wednesday, 25. October 2017 – 23:45
Location: Cambridge, UK
Full time: 35 hours per week
Contract: Open-ended
Salary: £50,000 – £60,000 pro rata per annum plus competitive 12% pension benefit
Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

A unique and exciting opportunity has been created to work with eleven of the world’s leading nature conservation organisations in an ambitious new Partnership to map, monitor and conserve the most important places for life on earth – Key Biodiversity Areas.

We are seeking an inspirational and collaborative individual to Head the KBA Secretariat – the newly established central coordinating body of the KBA Partnership and KBA Programme.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for ensuring that the KBA Secretariat fulfils all of its functions in line with the vision and mission of the KBA Partnership. We are looking for an exceptional individual who will lead and support the KBA Partnership to implement this visionary and ambitious Programme, helping to mobilise resources and expertise in order to further identify and map Key Biodiversity Areas worldwide, as a vital tool to assist in the conservation of global biodiversity.

The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up the Secretariat, leading on developing, planning and overseeing the implementation of its activities and managing its financial and human resources.

The successful candidate will have:
• An excellent understanding of global and regional environmental and sustainable development issues
• An inspirational and collaborative leadership style
• Experience of managing and facilitating teams and building partnerships around common agendas
• Extensive experience of working with major donors and successful fundraising track record
• Deep understanding of multilateral environmental agreements, international financial institutions, donors and scientific institutions working on biodiversity and nature conservation issues
• Ability to communicate environmental issues to a wide range of audiences

The Head of the KBA Secretariat will work in close collaboration with the Chair of the KBA Committee and the KBA-focused staff members of the KBA Partners, including in particular BirdLife International and the IUCN, as co-hosts of the KBA Secretariat.

This post is hosted by BirdLife International, on behalf of the KBA Partnership and the role is accountable to a Committee of senior management from KBA Partner organisations. The post will be based within the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge.

A detailed job description can be found here.

Further information on the KBA Partnership can be found here.

Closing date: 25 October 2017

Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held 15 November 2017 in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK. The interview panel will comprise the KBA Committee Chair; the Director of Science, Policy & Information, BirdLife International; the Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN; and the Head of Human Resources, BirdLife International.

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WCMB2018: Montreal, Quebec, 13-16 May 2018

WCMB2018: Montreal, Quebec, 13-16 May 2018

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity


Abstract submission deadline has been extended until 1st December 2017.
Early submissions are very welcome.
The website will be updated to reflect this soon.

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!


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Job advertisement: Director MBA UK

Job advertisement: Director MBA UK


Applications are invited for the post of Director of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) of the United Kingdom.

The Marine Biological Association is a Learned Society defined and recognised by Royal Charter, with the Mission to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained.

The MBA (, based at its Citadel Hill Laboratory in Plymouth, has a long-standing international reputation for scientific excellence. The MBA has pursued programmes of fundamental and strategic research and of knowledge dissemination in marine life sciences since its foundation. Substantial grant income is received from a wide range of sources.

The Director is responsible for scientific strategic and executive leadership of the MBA to deliver the objects and powers defined under the Royal Charter, spanning research and knowledge dissemination. The ideal candidate will have a strong aptitude and record in organisational leadership with experience of managing budgets and preferably of managing organisational change, excellent communication and negotiation skills, and a strong knowledge of marine science organisational structures in the UK. The Director will ideally provide an example of scientific leadership through the delivery of a personal research programme, with external funding and in a key scientific challenge area of the MBA Research Strategy. The Director is also expected to have a strong interest or involvement in knowledge dissemination including delivery of services to members, public understanding of science, education and training, marine policy and consultancy.

For how to apply see  Informal enquiries should be addressed to Mr Jon Parr, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB, UK, (tel. +44 (0)1752 426274) via email (  Further Particulars and a detailed Job Description and Person Specification of the Director can be obtained from Mr Parr or from

The MBA is committed to diversity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from all sections of the scientific community.

Applications will close on 31 October 2017


Postdoc: Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology (USA)

Postdoc: Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology (USA)

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity: Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology

A 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship with possibility of renewal is available in marine invasion ecology to examine environmental tolerance, survivorship and invasion dynamics of marine invertebrates. Investigating the role of shipping, including conditions experienced by invertebrates during transfer, will be central to this position.

Location: The position is based at the Marine Invasion Research Lab, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Edgewater, Maryland, USA. SERC is a research center of the Smithsonian Institution, located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, approximately 10 miles south of Annapolis, 40 miles west of Washington D.C., and 40 miles south of Baltimore. The Marine Invasion Research Lab ( currently has a staff of approximately 40 biologists, who conduct research throughout the country and overseas, in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions. This position is in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard.

Starting Salary: $54,972 plus benefits.
Duration: 1 year, with prospect for renewal.

To Apply: Please submit current CV, cover letter, as well as contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for 3 references. Your cover letter should be limited to 2 pages and highlight your specific interests and experience relevant to this position. Application review will begin 10 October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted to Laura Falsone, Email submission preferred.

Environmental Tolerance, Survivorship, Invasion Dynamics of Marine Invertebrates

Description: We currently seek a postdoctoral researcher to examine environmental tolerance of marine invertebrate species as it relates to invasion of coastal bays and estuaries, including how conditions during transit in and on ships affect invasion success. A goal of this research is to understand that capacity of organisms to (a) survive conditions in and on ships during transit and (b) colonize new global regions upon delivery. We anticipate that research will include primarily statistical and modeling approaches to estimate (predict) survivorship and potential geographic range of selected species, but with the opportunity to conduct laboratory experiments that examine the ecophysiology of invertebrate species (e.g., voyage simulation). Use of existing Marine Invasions Lab data with collection and incorporation of newly generated data are expected.
Education / Experience: PhD in Marine Ecology, Ecophysiology, Biogeography or related field. Candidates must have (a) a strong background in statistics and modeling, (b) knowledge about marine invertebrate biology/ecology/physiology, (c) background in experimental ecology or ecophysiology with experience conducting lab and or field experiments. Experience working with large, complex datasets, risk analysis, and working with environmental data for aquatic systems is desirable. Applicants must be organized, self motivated, independent and pro-active. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a research team are required as is a proven talent to write reports and publications. Some travel may be required.

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WCMB 2018: Inviting submissions special session

WCMB 2018: Inviting submissions special session

“Sustained observations of life as an integral component of coastal and ocean observing systems”

Chairs of the session: Patricia Miloslavich (University of Tasmania, Australia) and Eduardo Klein (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela)
The goal of this session is to show temporal trends in marine biodiversity, distribution and abundance based on long term observations and datasets. We welcome abstract submissions on case examples that illustrate how sustained ocean biodiversity observations help understand if, and how, ocean life is responding to global changes as well as on case examples of successful implementation of management practices based on long term data.
Discussions will be focused on 1) the societal requirements for sustained biological ocean observations, 2) the need for coordination to maximize global implementation and coverage, 3) the technological developments needed to improve our observing capacity, 4) lessons learned from biological ocean observations, 5) examples of integration across disciplines, and 6) Data management.
Abstracts submitted to this session may be considered for publication in a collection in Frontiers of Marine Science (section Marine Evolutionary Biology, Biogeography and Species Diversity). The topic of the collection will be: “Monitoring Marine Biodiversity from Microbes to Apex Predators: Why, What, and How” (Guest Editors: Thomas Malone, Anthony Knap).

Submission deadline of abstracts: October 1, 2017

Look forward to seeing you in Montreal!
Best regards,

More information on the WCMB2014 can be found here.

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