<div dir="ltr"><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center;margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">MS or PhD Student– Dauphin Island
Sea Lab’s Marine Mammal Research Program</span></b></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">We are
searching for a graduate student at the MS or PhD level to join the Marine
Mammal Research Program </span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">at the </span><a href="http://www.disl.org" style="color:rgb(5,99,193)"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">Dauphin Island Sea Lab</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"> through the </span><a href="http://www.southalabama.edu/marinesciences/" style="color:rgb(5,99,193)"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">Department of Marine Sciences</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"> at the University of
South Alabama (USA). </span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">The
selected student will be co-advised by Senior Marine Scientist, </span><a href="https://www.disl.org/about/faculty/rcarmichael/" style="color:rgb(5,99,193)"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:windowtext">Dr. Ruth Carmichael</span></a><u><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">,</span></u><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"> and the Program Veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Bloodgood, and will
work closely with the staff, researchers and volunteers as part of the </span><a href="http://almmsn.disl.org" target="_blank" style="color:rgb(5,99,193)"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:windowtext">Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network
(ALMMSN)</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">.<b></b></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">The selected
student will conduct research on the effects of water quality on skin
conditions in bottlenose dolphins (<i>Tursiops truncatus</i>) in Mobile Bay,
Alabama and adjacent waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"> 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.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">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. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">The candidate should be comfortable sampling dolphins in a
necropsy (animal autopsy) setting. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">The ideal student will have strong written and
verbal communication skills, be motivated and organized, and work well
independently and with a team. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">Interested
applicants should first </span><a href="https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/marinesciences/Requirements.html" style="color:rgb(5,99,193)"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">ensure eligibility</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">, and then contact Drs.
Ruth H. Carmichael and Jennifer Bloodgood (<a href="mailto:rcarmichael@disl.org">rcarmichael@disl.org</a>, <a href="mailto:jbloodgood@disl.org">jbloodgood@disl.org</a>)
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
applicable. </span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">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.</span><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;color:black;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">Best,</span></p><div>Mackenzie Russell, M.S.</div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 8pt;line-height:107%;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Stranding Coordinator<br>Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network</p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px"><div></div></blockquote></blockquote></div>