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Bull Kelp Conservation and Restoration in Puget Sound


National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region, Aquaculture Center

RO# Location
26.03.41.C0204 Seattle, WA 98115


Name E-mail Phone
Berejikian, Barry Alan 360.871.8301
Matson, Sean Erick 206-919-6249


The Environmental and Fisheries Sciences Division of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center conducts research to assess and reduce natural and human-caused impacts on environmental and human health, and to improve methods for fisheries restoration and production in conservation hatcheries and in aquaculture. The West Coast Region is guided by two core mandates—to ensure the productivity and sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities through science-based decision-making and compliance with regulations, and to recover and conserve protected resources including marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish.  We invite applications for an NRC Postdoc Associate position to work jointly with NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center and West Coast Region staff.

Native bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana), a type of macroalgae, has declined in many areas of the Puget Sound, and conservation and restoration planning is underway. NOAA along with regional partners have prioritized kelp research and conservation actions over the past several years as a means to support recovery of a critical habitat feature for rockfish and salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in Puget Sound.  Research will be conducted on optimal methods for culturing and restoring bull kelp in Puget Sound.  Part of that research will include the development of design standards (such as density thresholds and harvest schedules to optimize carbon sequestration and nutrient removal) to maximize the ecological benefits of restorative kelp aquaculture.  Additionally, this project will assess potential products and partners to develop pilot-projects for native kelp aquaculture in Puget Sound. The Postdoc Associate will investigate historic and contemporary uses of kelp and rockfish by native tribes of the region and build relationships with tribes to determine their interest in using aquaculture to enhance native subsistence foods.  All of the relevant findings will be summarized as part of the state’s Kelp Conservation and Restoration Plan. Ecologists and/or anthropologists with experience working with native communities, plus strong writing and communication skills, are preferred

Literature references:

Berejikian, B.A., Hard, J.J., Tatara, C.P., Van Doornik, D.M., Swanson, P., and Larsen, D.A. 2017. Rearing strategies alter patterns of size-selective mortality and heritable size variation in steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Can J Fish Aquat Sci 74(2): 273-283.

Lee, J.S.F., Britt, L.L., Cook, M.A., Wade, T.H., Berejikian, B.A., and Goetz, F.W. 2017. Effect of light intensity and feed density on feeding behaviour, growth and survival of larval sablefish Anoplopoma fimbria. Aquaculture Research 48(8): 4438-4448.

Berejikian, B.A., Moore, M.E., and Jeffries, S.J. 2016. Predator-prey interactions between harbor seals and migrating steelhead trout smolts revealed by acoustic telemetry. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 543: 21-35

Macroalgae; Aquaculture; Native subsistence use; Conservation; Restoration


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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