In an effort to understand the diets of plant-loving fish, FIU Ph.D. student Jessica Sanchez and marine sciences professor Joel Trexler delved into the world of herbivory in freshwater ecosystems. They wanted to develop a research framework for other scientists to follow in studies on the evolution of these diets. Their efforts resulted in a scientific paper that was published in a recent issue of Ecosphere. It was the 800th scientific paper published by research faculty in SERC.
This Fall, FIU will have a new student organization that focuses on the science, politics and dissemination of climate change research related to greenhouse gas emissions and ocean acidification. The Student Workshops on Acidification and Greenhouse Gases (SWAGG) is catered to both undergraduate and graduate students, and creates a platform for cross-disciplinary discussions and understanding of climate change. See here for more info.
See here for the latest news on the USAID's West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene program (WA-WASH), featuring an overview of the project in USAID's Real Impact series, as well as updates in the latest issue of Global Waters, telling the story of water-related efforts around the globe.
The NSF-funded CREST program at FIU - the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (CAChE) is seeking to fill two post-doctoral researcher positions in environmental/aquatic chemistry and education. CREST CAChE promotes interdisciplinary research among faculty from multiple departments such as Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environment, Public Health, and Computer Sciences. The Center's research focus is to address the sources, transport, transformation and ecosystem responses to contaminants.
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for Research and Education (LUMCON) seeks to hire three new Assistant Professors in the first phase of multi-year faculty expansion. We seek candidates in coastal sciences: fisheries ecology, coastal hydrology/physical oceanography, plant ecology, biological oceanography, microbial ecology, and marine chemistry. Candidates should have notable research achievements, demonstration/potential of funded research, and a commitment to education and outreach.
The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences (Cornwall, ON) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to research, education and community action on large river ecosystems, and is currently seeking applications for a post-doctoral fellow in river ecology and chemistry. See here for more details.