Post-Doctoral Research Program

Effects of ocean and coastal acidification on stressor responses in estuarine organisms and reef-building corals

Project number:GED-06-16-2016-02
Brief description of research project:Research focuses on determining how changes in coastal water chemistry from ocean acidification and nutrient enrichment influence stressor responses in estuarine organisms and reef-building corals under controlled laboratory conditions. The project will investigate the interactive effects of projected high levels of pC02 and selected land-based stressors on genomic, biochemical, cellular and organismal level responses in selected species. The post-doc will develop and utilize exposure and testing systems and various biological response endpoints to determine sensitive species and life stages of estuarine invertebrates, fish and corals. The post doc will investigate how changes in carbonate chemistry, dissolved oxygen, and other water quality parameters affect calcification and other genomic and cellular responses to allow a mechanistic interpretation of species sensitivity and to facilitate predictive model development.
Geographical location of position:Gulf Breeze, FL
High priority research areas:Determining biological responses and sensitivity of estuarine organisms and reef-building corals to the interactive effects of acidification and other stressors.
Scientific project area:Water Quality, Carbonate Chemistry, Ecological Effects, Ocean Acidification
Educational requirements:Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, or related field.
Specialized training and/or experience preferred:Background in experimental design, exposure, and responses of marine or estuarine organisms to environmental stressors. Expertise in ocean acidification including experience developing experimental systems and quantifying and manipulating associated water quality parameters. Understanding of carbonate chemistry and calcification pathways in coral or other invertebrates, and training and research experience in genomic, biochemical, or cellular responses of saltwater organisms to acidification and other stressors.
Projected duration of appointment:3 years
Paid relocation to EPA work location:Yes
Application Period Open Date:Jun 16, 2016
Application Period Close Date:Jul 29, 2016
Scientific contact/Principal Investigator(s)*: Mace Barron, , 850-934-9223

*This person/persons may be contacted for additional scientific information about this project. This person is not authorized to accept applications, make job offers, set salaries, establish start dates or discuss benefits. See general announcement for details on how to apply.