[MARMAM] MS Research Assistantship to study risk of collision between boats and marine mammals

julien martin julemartin0320 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 12:26:49 PDT 2014

Title: MS Research Assistantship to study risk of collision between boats
and marine mammals.

We are recruiting a MS student for the fall of 2014 to study risk of
collision between boats and marine mammals. The student would join the
department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of
Florida, and would be co-advised by Dr. Julien Martin (Research Scientist,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)) and Dr. Robert
Fletcher (Associate Professor, University of Florida). This partnership
between the University of Florida and FWC provides a unique opportunity for
a student interested in contributing to the integration of science and
management. The student will spend time at both the University of Florida
in Gainesville and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St
Petersburg, FL.

The student would contribute to the development of a quantitative decision
support tool to link the effects of potential management actions on 2
species of endangered marine mammals: manatees and North Atlantic right
whales. Examples of analyses include: (1) statistical modeling (including
spatial analysis) using Bayesian methods; (2) agent based modeling. In
addition to being technically challenging, this project could have useful
policy implications for management. Existing datasets available for
analysis include: spatial databases of vessel traffic, GPS and radio
telemetry data of manatees, time-depth recorders, capture mark recapture
information, and aerial survey data of whales and manatees.

Qualifications: We are looking for students who are interested in
developing an expertise in quantitative ecology and decision making for
conservation. Candidates with some knowledge of programming such as: R,
MATLAB, Scilab, or Python will be given preference. Knowledge of Geographic
Information System software (e.g., ArcGIS) desired, but not required.
Ability to work in a team environment is required.

Please, also check admission requirements at:

Stipend and benefits: The successful applicant will receive two years of
research assistantship stipend ($19,660/year), tuition waiver
(~$11,400/year), and fringe benefits including health insurance. Funds are
also available for the student to participate at a scientific conference.

To apply: Please submit a letter of interest, CV, transcripts and GRE
scores, and the contact of three references to: Julien Martin:
julien.martin at myfwc.com

Review of applications will begin March 28th and will continue until a
suitable applicant is selected.
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