[MARMAM] MS student opportunity at University of North Carolina Wilmington - Antarctic Blue & Fin Whales

Alyson Fleming alyson.fleming at gmail.com
Thu May 7 12:23:03 PDT 2020

We are seeking a Master’s student to begin Fall 2020 for a project on blue
and fin whale biology and Antarctic historical ecology. This project will
use an archive of baleen plates from Antarctic blue and fin whales
harvested in the mid 1940s that was recently rediscovered in the
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. A suite of modern
molecular techniques will be applied to these archived specimens to ask how
blue and fin whale foraging and reproduction responded to climate
variability, changes at the base of the food web, and whaling activities in
the early 1940s. Methods will include bulk stable isotope analysis,
compound-specific stable isotope analyses (CSIA-AA), and hormone analysis.

The student will be based at the University of North Carolina Wilmington
under the supervision of Dr. Alyson Fleming and collaborate with Drs. Ari
Friedlaender and Matt McCarthy (UC Santa Cruz) and Dr. Kathleen Hunt
(George Mason University). The student will do extensive museum specimen
work, subsampling, and lab work. After an initial period of training and
supervision, the student will be expected to operate independently on lab
work. We are looking for candidates who are very detail oriented, extremely
organized, careful, can work with peers and senior students, and are happy
to work independently. Previous lab work and database management strongly
preferred. MS students at UNCW are supported on teaching assistantships
during the academic year and will be supported by grant funding during the
summer months. Out of state tuition waivers are typically available to
reduce costs.

Interested candidates should send a CV/resume, cover letter, and unofficial
transcripts to Dr. Fleming at FlemingA at uncw.edu as soon as possible.
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