Student Opportunity Announcements

Graduate Assistantships – Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry

A research assistantship with full stipend and tuition waiver is available
immediately for a student interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in
Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama (USA). The student will
carry out research within the framework of an NSF-sponsored project focused on
the role of microbial biodiversity in the biogeochemical cycling of organic
sulfur compounds including the widespread algal osmolyte, dimethylsulfoniopropionate
(DMSP) and its climate-relevant degradation product, dimethylsulfide
(DMS).  DMSP is a major substrate for
marine bacteria and it plays many ecological roles.
 The project is a collaboration with
researchers at the University of Georgia and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute in California.
  The student
will have the opportunity to participate in field research campaigns in
Monterey Bay involving deployment of an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP; to collect
biogeochemical and molecular genetic data in situ.  Laboratory work will be carried out at the
Dauphin Island Sea Lab ( located
40 miles south of the USA main campus, directly on the Gulf of Mexico at the
mouth of Mobile Bay.

with strong backgrounds in the natural sciences and with a strong motivation to
succeed in research should contact Ron Kiene, Department of Marine Sciences,
University of South Alabama, LSCB 25, Mobile, Alabama, e-mail: for more information. Applications
will be accepted until the position is filled. 
Information on applying to the Graduate School at the University of
South Alabama can be found at: