[MARMAM] Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Marine Mammal Research Program- Graduate Student Opening

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 11:42:12 PDT 2020

*MS or PhD Student– Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Marine Mammal Research Program*

We are searching for a graduate student at the MS or PhD level to join the
Marine Mammal Research Program at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
<http://www.disl.org> through the Department of Marine Sciences
<http://www.southalabama.edu/marinesciences/> at the University of South
Alabama (USA). The selected student will be co-advised by Senior Marine
Scientist, Dr. Ruth Carmichael
<https://www.disl.org/about/faculty/rcarmichael/>*,* and the Program
Veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Bloodgood, and will work closely with the staff,
researchers and volunteers as part of the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding
Network (ALMMSN) <http://almmsn.disl.org>.

The selected student will conduct research on the effects of water quality
on skin conditions in bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*) in Mobile
Bay, Alabama and adjacent waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Research
will focus on pathophysiology of freshwater skin lesions and how the skin
microbiome changes in response to these conditions. The student will work
in field and laboratory settings, with live and dead dolphins.

The required start date is no later than Fall 2021, with an opportunity to
join ALMMSN as a research technician prior to matriculation. Candidates
must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences and the Marine Sciences Department at USA. For applicants to the
PhD program, an MS degree or DVM with relevant research experiences and
outputs (papers, presentations, etc.) is preferred. The candidate should be
comfortable sampling dolphins in a necropsy (animal autopsy) setting. The
ideal student will have strong written and verbal communication skills, be
motivated and organized, and work well independently and with a team.

Interested applicants should first ensure eligibility
and then contact Drs. Ruth H. Carmichael and Jennifer Bloodgood (
rcarmichael at disl.org, jbloodgood at disl.org) to express interest and discuss
ideas before completing the online application process through USA. Please
use the email subject “ALMMSN Graduate Student Research Opportunity” and
include: 1) a BRIEF description of your research interests as they relate
to this project; 2) CV, including GPA, GRE test scores, and 3 references;
and 3) a writing sample or pdf of a peer-reviewed publication, if

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab and University of South Alabama value diversity
in every sense of the word. DISL and USA are equal opportunity employers
and encourage applications from a diverse pool of prospective students.

Mackenzie Russell, M.S.

Stranding Coordinator
Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network
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