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Opportunity at National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Spatiotemporal Distribution, Abundance, and Drivers of Euphausiids in the California Current Ecosystem

Location

National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.39.C0123 Seattle, WA 98115

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Parker-Stetter, Sandra sandy.parker-stetter@noaa.gov 206.861.1250

Description

In spite of their importance to fish habitat quality and broader ecosystem function, euphausiids have been understudied in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Data on large-scale patterns in euphausiid distribution and abundance are needed for top-down, bottom-up, and climate-related studies. This project will use a time series (2003-2017, n=9 surveys) of coast-wide (BC, WA, OR, CA) acoustic survey data to generate euphausiid distributions and point estimates of euphausiid biomass. Spatiotemporal statistical models will be applied to estimate euphausiid biomass as a function of environmental/habitat covariates. Models results and biomass estimates will then feed into a refinement of a Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) habitat model and into growth potential models for Pacific hake and Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria). This collaborative project includes investigators at NOAA-NWFSC, NOAA-SWFSC, and Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada. The Associate will be based at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA. The award can begin any time after September 1, 2018.  

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Research Adviser listed for this opportunity for a key literature list.

 

Keywords:
Euphausiids; Krill; California Current; Acoustics; Distribution; Biomass; Spatiotemporal Models; Habitat Models; Growth Potential Models; Time-series

Eligibility

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