PhD fellowship: “The signature of Mid-Pliocene warmth in the ocean”

PhD fellowship: “The signature of Mid-Pliocene warmth in the ocean”

Utrecht University – Holanda

Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a population of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the faculty is a strong and dynamic organisation. The faculty embodies four departments: Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences, and Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning.

The Utrecht Department of Earth Sciences is the largest academic Earth Sciences institute in The Netherlands. The department conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The department hosts an international tenured staff of over 45 scientists and more than 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. It and houses a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

The Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography group of the Department of Earth Sciences is looking for a motivated

PhD researcher on ‘The signature of Mid-Pliocene
warmth in the ocean’ (4 years)

The mid-Pliocene warm period (~3.5 Ma) with pCO2 levels around 400 ppm is the nearest past analogue of a warmer future climate and temperatures as well as sea level were higher on a global scale. Significant progress has been achieved in characterizing Pliocene climate from paleoclimate proxies and modeling. However, we still lack accurate data to determine and explain the apparently weakened equator-to-pole temperature gradients, the preferential warming of the Polar Regions and upwelling areas. Crucially, sea level might have been as much as twenty meters higher than at present, although this estimate still yields large error bars. Moreover, it remains unclear how much sea level rise during the Pliocene warm period resulted from the contribution of northern- and southern hemisphere ice caps.

This project aims to investigate temperature and sea level trends to ultimately better constrain climate sensitivity during this warm interval. Selected ocean cores including high-latitude polar and upwelling locations will help assessing the role and the response of polar areas in global climate.

This highly multidisciplinary project is primarily based on marine palynological (dinoflagellate cysts; potentially pollen and spores) and organic geochemical analyses (e.g., TEX86). This position connects to two other PhD projects on the Pliocene. One aims to reconstruct terrestrial temperatures based on biomarker proxies (MBT/CBT) and the other is focused on the modeling of regional sea level change in response to ice sheet dynamics and climate change. It is therefore expected that the candidate collaborate with these students and their advisors.

This project will run within the Netherlands Earth System Science Centre. The NESSC is a virtual research center funded by the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science. It focuses on (paleo)climate sensitivity and tipping points in the climate system and comprises experts from several Dutch universities and research institutes. The paleoclimate aspects are dominantly carried out at the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physics at Utrecht University and at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Up to 10% of your time will be devoted to teaching assistance of BSc and MSc courses.


As a succesful candidate you should have a MSc degree in a relevant field such as Geology/Earth Sciences, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Paleoceanography. Experience in palynology or micropaleontology and organic geochemistry is desirable.

A broad interest in geosciences, and the willingness and capacity to work indepently as well as to interact in a multidisciplinary team, as well as the willingness to travel is essential. You should be fluent in oral and written English, since the host group is highly international in composition and publication aims.

Terms of employment:

You will be offered a full-time PhD position at Utrecht University, at first for one year. Depending on a satisfactory performance this may be extended to a total period of four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The first evaluation will take place approximately after six months of employment, the second after nine months. After the nine month evaluation the decision will be made whether an extension of the contract to the maximum period of four years will be offered to the employee.

Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary starts at € 2,083.- in the first year and increases to € 2,664.- in the fourth year, and is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3% (salary level 1-9-2013). We also offer a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance and flexible employment conditions.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Earth Sciences is situated), which is located only fiveteen minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht.

Further details:

Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof. Appy Sluijs: e-mail

You may also wish to visit the website of the Utrecht Institute of Earth Sciences:

How to apply:

Visit, find the equivalent of this advertisement and fill in the application form. Please, attach your motivation for the position, a statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names, positions and e-mail contact addresses of at least two referees.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but we intend to conduct a first evaluation by February 15, 2015. We aim for a quick review of applicants and seek to appoint as soon as possible thereafter, ulrimately in early summer 2015.

(publicado em a 09-01-15)

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*Faculty Position in Coastal Oceanography*

*Faculty Position in Coastal Oceanography* The University of Guam Marine Laboratory (UOGML) was founded in 1970 and ser ves as a major institution for marine science research in the Western Pacific including the Micronesian Region. While its current focus is largely directe d towards basic and applied research in coral reef and associated ecosystem s, new initiatives are driving an expansion in research effort towards exami ning interactions between oceanic processes and coastal environments. The UOGML is seeking highly qualified applications with research expertise in the following area: Coastal Oceanography. This nine-month tenure track ap pointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level. We are interested in candidates able to address interdisciplinary and large- scale questions. Emphasis is given to research on climate change effects on coral reef systems, and the interface of estuaries and coral reef systems influenc ed by environmental and anthropogenic effects. The successful candidate will develop a viable and energetic externally-fund ed research program, is expected to make major contributions to the Univer sity?s EPSCoR research program, and may also contribute to the U54 NIH-Nati onal Cancer Institute program in a support capacity. The candidate is expe cted to develop and teach a graduate level course in oceanography and will a lso teach a second graduate course, with a total of two semester-long courses being taught every four semesters. The candidate may a lso teach a seminar course when required. A Ph.D in Oceanography or another appropriate discipline, plus at least one year of post-doctoral experience, are required. This position will become available in during Spring Semester, 2015. The Oce anography Search Committee will begin review of applications on 7 January, 2 015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a PDF file and contain the following materia ls: ? Letter of application, including a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, an explanation of qualifications relative to either bio logical or coastal oceanography ? Curriculum vitae ? Examples of current published research and writing The names and contact information for three professional references who will be contacted by the Oceanography Search Committee. Materials may be submitted online or sent directly to: Chair, Oceanography Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Office, University of Guam, UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923 USA (email: Questions about the position should be directed to either Dr. Jason Biggs ( or myself (see below). The University of Guam is a U.S.-accredited, regional Land Grant and Sea Gr ant institution of higher learning that is located strategically in Microne sia at the crossroads of Asia and the Pacific. The University hosts 3,950 un dergraduate and graduate students and 291 faculty members, and offers 15 Mas ters and 35 undergraduate programs in a variety of disciplines. The Univer sity is also partnered with a number of international, national and regional institutions of higher learning and scientific research. The University of G uam is fully-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. *The University of Guam is an equal opportunity employer and provider.* — Terry J. Donaldson, Ph.D Professor of Ichthyology Director University of Guam Marine Laboratory UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923 USA tel: 671-735-2187 fax: 671-734-6767 email: GMT +10 hours Section Editor, Ichthyological Research Chair, Pacific Science Association Coral Reef Working Group The University of Guam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider


PhD opportunity for EU applicants on Marine ecosystem modelling/remote sensing at the University of Reading, U.K. ***

PhD opportunity for EU applicants on Marine ecosystem modelling/remote sensing at the University of Reading, U.K. ***

Lica.Krug about 12 hours ago
    • NERC+CASE funded PhD opportunity for EU applicants on Marine ecosystem modelling/remote sensing at the University of Reading, U.K. ***

For qualified EU applicants there is an opportunity for applying for PhD studentship at the University of Reading, U.K.
The deadline is 2 February 2015 with possible start date on September 2015.
The details of the project can be found here:
Interested candidates need to apply online
For informal queries please contact: Dr Shovonlal Roy



issue No. 50 of the Harmful Algae News No. 50 from the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae in Denmark.

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter 2015, the IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions sends you its best wishes to you and your families.

We are pleased to share with you issue No. 50 of the Harmful Algae News No. 50 from the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae in Denmark.

ANNOUNCEMENT: HARMFUL ALGAE NEWS No. 50 is now available here<>

For further information, kindly contact

[]Henrik Enevoldsen
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Head, IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae
University of Copenhagen
Marine Biological Section
Universitetsparken 4
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel.: +45 23260246

Skype: henrik.oksfeldt.enevoldsen

Visit the IOC HAB website
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Best Regards,

Patricia Wills Velez

Office of the Head IOC-UNESCO Regional Secretariat for IOCARIBE



La revista ÁREAS NATURALES PROTEGIDAS SCRIPTA es una publicación científica semestral digital en formato electrónico.   La revista ÁREAS NATURALES PROTEGIDAS SCRIPTA es una publicación científica semestral digital en formato electrónico, iniciativa de la Red Científica Nacional: Red Áreas Naturales Protegidas, de las Redes Temáticas de investigación en temas estratégicos nacionales del CONACyT. El objetivo de esta revista es difundir artículos de investigación cuya temática sea desarrollada, en o para, las Áreas Naturales Protegidas. ÁREAS NATURALES PROTEGIDAS SCRIPTA acepta trabajos científicos originales de las siguientes categorías: artículos en extenso, artículos de revisión y notas científicas. Se reciben contribuciones sobre todos los diversos temas y aspectos que versan sobre el conocimiento y manejo de las Áreas Naturales Protegidas, incluyendo entre otros (y no restringiéndose a ellos), a los sociales, los económicos, los biológicos, los ecológicos, del ambiente físico, los culturales, los conceptuales y los multidisciplinarios. Se aceptan manuscritos sometidos en idioma español o Inglés. Cada manuscrito sometido a esta revista es enviado a evaluación a por al menos dos científicos especialistas en el tema, manteniendo anónimas las identidades tanto de los autores, como de los árbitros. Publicar un manuscrito en ÁREAS NATURALES PROTEGIDAS SCRIPTA no conlleva ningún costo para los autores del mismo. Extendemos una cordial invitación para que nos envíen los resultados de sus investigaciones en, o para, las Áreas Naturales Protegidas.



Redes poco selectivas

Hay que pensar dos veces antes de embarcarse”, dice Víctor, mirando de reojo. Hay un riesgo alto de no conseguir pesca. Salir es un “gastadero de plata”, por el consumo de combustible. Víctor y Roberto sostienen que el pescado no llega “a entrar” a la costa, y lo atribuyen al uso de redes de arrastre que hace el 79% de la industria pesquera nacional. “Las parejas de barcos abren una red gigante y, como en un embudo, atrapan todo el pescado que entra: chico, mediano y grande. El chico, que todavía no desovó, queda aplastado en las redes y luego lo devuelven al mar sin vida. Las redes aran el piso y rompen los comederos”, explica, resignado, Roberto. La doctora Graciela Fabiano, grado 3 del Departamento de Ciencias del Mar del Instituto de Investigaciones Pesqueras, concuerda en que la red de arrastre es una de las razones por las que disminuyen las poblaciones de peces. “Estas redes modifican el fondo, y a las especies que no se capturan se les quita el alimento (que está en el fondo) por lo que se perturba el equilibrio trófico de las distintas especies”. Vestida con túnica blanca y rodeada de frascos con formol, esqueletos, libros y carteles indicadores de distintos tipos de peces, afirma que esta forma de pesca afecta el ecosistema. “Es poco selectiva: captura la especie que se busca pero también las del entorno. Tiene dificultades en la selección del tamaño, y el descarte es casi un 50% de lo que se retiene en bodegas”. Las redes de arrastre, la contaminación y el cambio climático intervienen en el difícil equilibrio entre lo que recomienda la investigación biológica y lo que demanda la realidad económica.



Por un Medio Ambiente en Equilibrio

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