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Systematics and Taxonomy of Commercially Important Fishes


National Marine Fisheries Service, HQ-OST/National Systematics Laboratory

RO# Location
26.03.00.C0322 Washington, DC 20560


Name E-mail Phone
Collins, Allen G. 202.633.0645


NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has a mission to conduct systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics, classification, identification, etc .) research on groups of ecological and economic importance to the United States within its Extended Economic Zone and beyond. This work requires thorough understanding of the natural history of the various groups, including marine fishes of commercial interest, including all levels of evolutionary relationships, from populations to major clades. The fish collection of over four million specimens at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is a result of long-term collaboration between NMNH and NMFS and is the best in the world. The diversity of this collection allows broadly-based research on comparative morphology of systematic characters. The large number of specimens of many species permits analyses of variability among individuals, sexes, life-hi story stages, and geographic regions. Furthermore, the museum's Laboratories for Analytical Biology provide the capability for state-of- the-art analyses for molecular systematics, from target sequencing to genomics. The Associate should work with both the National Collection at NMNH using combined morphological and molecular methods to investigate systematics questions on marine fish groups of commercial significance. The research will include (1) examination of taxonomic problems of complex groups of species and their populations, (2) phylogenetic and biogeographic investigations using molecular techniques in combination with morphological characters from spec imens in museum collections, and (3) comparative studies examining evolution of life-history characteristics or biogeography.

Taxonomy; Species Delimitation; Biogeography; Life History; Genetics; Morphology


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$56,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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