[MARMAM] Research Assistantship in Marine Policy Graduate Program - Right Whales

Jeremy Firestone jf at udel.edu
Thu Nov 17 11:47:15 PST 2005

Sorry for cross-postings.


A research assistantship is available from the Marine Policy Program in the
Graduate College of Marine Studies at (CMS) the University of Delaware for a
qualified student-applicant interested in policy-focused research related to
commercial vessels collisions with north Atlantic right whales along the
U.S. and Canadian Atlantic coasts.  The project is directed by two Marine
Policy faculty members: PI, Jeremy Firestone, and Co-PI, James Corbett.
Working with a Canadian collaborator, the NOAA-NMFS funded research project
is modeling ship traffic spatially and temporally, by vessel class along the
Atlantic coast using spatial and port-specific data.   The investigation
will expand regionally-specific insights to enable better assessment of the
collision risk between ships and right whales.   Additional funds are being
sought for other right whale policy research; and other funds may be
available for policy research related to ongoing projects on ballast water
and invasive species; air pollution from ships; and offshore wind power
development.  Motivated individuals with experience; education in policy,
science and/or economic disciplines; and a strong interest in
interdisciplinary policy-focused research, are encouraged to apply for
admission to the CMS Marine Policy program. See
www.ocean.udel.edu/graduate/admissions.html.  A background in statistics
and/or GIS is highly desirable.  Research Assistantship funds include
tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.  Ph.D. and master's applicants will be
considered.  The CMS Marine Policy Program also offers at least one graduate
fellowship each year; and CMS offers college-level fellowships as well.
Awards are based on academic record, GRE's, and demonstrated interest in the


The CMS Marine Policy Program prepares students for successful careers in
government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.  Ongoing
research in the Marine Policy Program addresses various aspect of marine
affairs, including: domestic and international marine law and policy;
maritime transportation; invasive species; protection of marine fauna
(including marine mammals) and flora, environmental and natural resource
economics, management of the U.S. exclusive economic zone (including the
development of offshore wind power and aquaculture), and coastal zone


The Marine Policy program admits Master's and Ph.D. students for the Spring
and Fall terms.  Fall 2006 applications must be received NO LATER THAN March
1, 2006, but early application submittal is recommended for those
individuals who wish to be considered for the research assistantship or a
fellowship.  For more information about the Marine Policy Program, see our
website at http://www.ocean.udel.edu/graduate/marpol/marpol.html. 


For further information on the whale strike assistantship, contact Professor
Jeremy Firestone, Marine Policy Program, Graduate College of Marine Studies,
University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, tel: (302) 831-0228, email:
jf at udel.edu


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