A Ph.D. assistantship is available in the Fisheries and Ecosystem Assessment Lab under Dr. Yuying Zhang at Florida International University (FIU). The position would begin for fall semester 2014 at the waterfront Marine Sciences Building on the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus. The deadline for application is January 15, 2014 .
Research Interests : The Fisheries and Ecosystem Assessment Lab (http://www.fiufeal.com/) focuses its research in fisheries ecology, population dynamics, stock assessment, and ecological modeling. More specifically, we apply statistical methods to survey data to improve sampling programs. We study spatial interactions among species and environmental variables. We develop and apply quantitative modeling approaches, such as age/length-based models, single/multi-species models, and individual-based models to assess and predict population dynamics. We develop management strategy evaluation approach to evaluate the potential impacts and the risk of alternative strategies in fisheries management. We also develop ecological models to explore the trophic interactions among species, to identify the keystone species, and to understand how environmental changes affect fish stocks.
Qualifications : M.S.in biology, ecology, oceanography or a related field. As much of our research is quantitative and computation-based, a pplicants should ideally have a strong quantitative background and computer programming skills, or demonstrate enthusiasm to immerse themselves in these areas. For other graduate admission requirements of Florida International University , please see: http://biology.fiu.edu/academics/graduate-programs/phd-application-information/ . Applicants should be sure to request a teaching assistantship on the application form.
Prior to applying, please send an email to Dr. Yuying Zhang ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) including: 1) a cover letter describing your research interests, career goals and rationale for pursuing a graduate degree, 2) current CV, 3) GRE scores, and 4) copies of transcripts.