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Current PhD Student Opportunty
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The Lewis Lab of Applied Coastal Ecology in the Department of Biology and the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is currently seeking one PhD student for Spring 2022 (January or May Start date) to assist with funded research on Karenia brevis (Florida Red Tide) control and mitigation technologies. The student will join a team of researchers from UCF, Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium, Florida Sea Grant, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who are investigating the efficacy of clay flocculation as a red tide control methodology. More information about our recent work can be found here: https://sciences.ucf.edu/biology/lewislab/media/.

The most competitive applicants will have research experience through undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or Master’s thesis research. Training in marine biology, fisheries, coastal ecology, and/or oceanography expected, experience with marine field research is preferred, and familiarity with marine harmful algal blooms (HABs) is a plus, but not mandatory.

Interested students must contact Dr. Kristy Lewis to discuss research interests before applying to the Department of Biology graduate program (https://sciences.ucf.edu/biology/graduate/phd-program/), which has a deadline of December 1, 2021. GRE scores are no longer used in admissions within the Biology department and are not required for either university admission or merit-based fellowship consideration for the upcoming admissions cycle.Funding will be provided for four years, which includes a $24,000 stipend, health insurance and tuition waivers. Black, Hispanic, Latino/a/x, LGBTQIA+, first generation college students, neurodivergent students, students with disabilities, and veterans are all encouraged to apply.The University of Central Florida is located in Orlando, Florida. UCF is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and one of the largest universities in the United States, with an enrollment of >69,000 students. Over the past two decades, UCF has undergone a dramatic expansion and development into a modern R1 university. UCF is an equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action employer.