- Graduate Position
Ecological interactions between Pacific herring and Pacific salmon in Prince William Sound, Alaska
The student project will combine retrospective analysis of historical data, new field and lab data, and modeling to assess the spatial and temporal co-occurrence of both species in PWS - both historically and more recently. We are especially interested in working with a student who has strong quantitative skills including experience working in the R language environment and familiarity with spatio-temporal modeling, i.e., Vector Autoregressive Spatio-Temporal (VAST) package. The student will assist with the field campaign working off research vessels in PWS, Alaska. There may be opportunity to also work with other types of data such as diet analysis – DNA barcoding, bulk and compound-specific stable isotopes. We anticipate hiring the successful candidate by early spring semester 2023 to join the project as a research assistant and then transition to a graduate student position by summer 2023. This will allow the assistant/student to participate in our initial field campaign taking place during spring/summer 2023. This project will afford the student excellent opportunities to engage with the fisheries and marine science community in Alaska including faculty and students within UAF-CFOS, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, NOAA, USGS, and many other non-government science groups. See https://gulfwatchalaska.org/monitoring/herring/ for additional details.