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PhD Assistantship, Coastal Ecology and Biogeochemistry:

Description A Ph.D. Research Assistantship at The University of Florida is available to study how shellfish can help support seagrass and water quality restoration. Students will be co-advised by Drs. Ashley Smyth and Laura Reynolds and be part of UF’s Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Department in Gainesville, FL, and the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL.

The students will join an interdisciplinary project with a team of graduate students and PIs to better understand the linkages between seagrass and shellfish restoration and nitrogen biogeochemistry. Students will also work closely with the Gulf Shellfish Institute’s research and education team and have opportunities to participate in outreach activities.

Qualifications Applicants from various backgrounds will be considered, including environmental science, biology, chemistry, ecology, or related disciplines. Experience in aquatic and coastal ecosystems and analytical chemistry is preferred. Applicants from under-served groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to students that have completed an M.S. degree by the project start date. Students can apply to the Soil & Water Sciences Department or the Interdisciplinary Ecology Program in The School of Natural Resources and Environment. Contact Person Ashley Smyth Contact eMail

Salary A competitive stipend, benefits, and tuition waiver will be provided over the project’s duration

Start Date 07/01/2023 Last Date to Apply 01/15/2023

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