[MARMAM] M.S. student position: Diving physiology of northern elephant seals

Gitte McDonald gmcdonald at mlml.calstate.edu
Fri Oct 27 22:27:35 PDT 2017

M.S. student position: Diving physiology of northern elephant sealsSeeking
a motivated student to begin graduate research (M.S.) at Moss Landing
Marine Laboratories (MLML), a consortium of seven California State
University campuses dedicated to excellence in Marine Science (
https://www.mlml.calstate.edu/). The student will join a multi-institution
team of researchers (MLML, Massachusetts General Hospital, National Marine
Mammal Foundation, Cornell, Alaska Sea Life Center, UC Santa Cruz, and
Scripps Institution of Oceanography) on a NSF-funded project to examine
physiological plasticity in diving northern elephant seals. While the
student will be based in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab at MLML (
https://birdmam.mlml.calstate.edu/), she or he will work closely with some
of the other P.I.’s.The student will examine the relationship between
fine-scale diving behavior and oxygen management strategies using a novel
physiological biologger. The project will involve extensive lab, field, and
computer work and long hours in the lab and field before and during field
seasons. Students should have a background in physiology and research
experience. I am looking for a student with 1) good academic standing
(>3.5/4.0 GPA and > 70 percentiles on the GREs), 2) relevant laboratory
and/or programming experience, 3) relevant field experience (ideally with
marine mammals, birds, or reptiles), and 4) the ability to work
independently as well work well as part of a team.  Two years of NSF-funded
tuition and stipend support are available for the selected student.Interested
candidates should email a cover letter with your research interests and
experience, an updated CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (if
available) to Dr. Gitte McDonald (gmcdonald at mlml.calstate.edu). Qualified
candidates will be contacted to discuss the project and program further and
encouraged to apply to the MS program (Due Feb 1, 2018). Emails with
required attachments received before December 1, 2017 will receive first
consideration, but the position will remain open until a student is

Gitte McDonald

Birgitte I. McDonald
Assistant professor
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
gmcdonald at mlml.calstate.edu
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