The Shallow Marine Surveys Group conducts research through diving and exploration in the South Atlantic. Founded in 2006, we are a group of marine scientists, dive enthusiasts, and volunteers from the local community, all with a desire to contribute towards high quality marine ecological science, inshore resource assessments, conservation and education. Based in the Falkland Islands, we operate throughout the Falklands archipelago and the South Atlantic; most recently South Georgia, Ascension Island, St Helena Islands, and Tristan da Cunha.
SMSG welcomes contact from local and international organisations who wish to collaborate on marine research or seek advice on the logistics of research in the South Atlantic. We also invite contact from postgraduate students who may be considering proposals for research in inshore marine ecological studies.
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PhD Opportunity to study marine ecology in the Falkland Islands.
In collaboration with SAERI, Shallow Marine Surveys Group, the University of Aberdeen, and the Falkland Islands Government.
Closing Date 21st September 2015
This is an exciting research opportunity for an interested BSc (Hons) or MSc graduate to embark on a career in academic or applied marine ecology.
Falkland Islands’ coastal marine systems are unique in the region but are to date poorly understood. Over recent years a significant amount of effort has been made to redress this through numerous field surveys and targeted applied research. As such there is now a baseline for asking more complex questions that address modern ecological theory and at the same time having practical conservation applications in our unique part of the world, as set out in the Falkland Islands Biodiversity Framework (FIBioF).
The PhD will concentrate on trophic studies in the intertidal and subtidal benthic environments across temporal and spatial scales. The ability to dive is not necessery, although there will opporunity to learn these skill.