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THIS LOOKS LIKE A GREAT LEARNING SUMMER JOB
OPPORTUNITY FOR AN INTERESTED MICHIGAN STUDENT

Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 20:06:31 -0500
From: Stuart Ludsin <Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov>
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Below (and attached) are two revised NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) Summer Fellowship positions. Please also see <http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pr/ssfp/2005/>http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pr/ssfp/2005/ for additional Fellowship opportunities at NOAA-GLERL.
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Summer Student Fellows to Conduct Lake Erie Research

Description: We are seeking five (5) motivated students to provide technical assistance on a field-based research project aimed at quantifying food-web dynamics in Lake Erie, including how these dynamics can vary spatially and temporally, owing to variation in biological (e.g., exotic species, prey & predator abundance) and physical (e.g., dissolved oxygen, temperature) attributes of the system. Of primary importance will be collecting data to help understand how periodic low-oxygen events and exotic species (e.g., spiny water fleas) influence food-web interactions in central Lake Erie. Selected students would gain valuable field and laboratory research experience. Students would participate on Lake Erie cruises aboard <http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/guard/ship.html>EPA?s RV Lake Guardian and <http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/products/vessels.html>NOAA?s RV The Laurentian, helping to: 1) sample fish (with hydroacoustics, trawling, and gillnetting); 2) sample zooplankton (with pumps, nets, and an optical plankton counter); 3) collect optical and water chemistry data to benefit efforts to use remote sensing (satellite imagery) to estimate phytoplankton production; and/or 4) help prepare, deploy, and retrieve buoy systems to collect physical information (e.g., temperature, oxygen, currents). When not in the field, students would help GLERL researchers process samples (e.g., fish diets, count zooplankton, identify macroinvertebrates) or analyze data (e.g., fish hydroacoustics data, satellite data).

Successful candidates will be hired as Fellows in the 2005 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellowship Program, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) <http://www.glerl.noaa.gov>Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and the <http://www.ciler.org>Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) at the University of Michigan. Fellows will be guest students of the University of Michigan, and will gain experience by working at GLERL in Ann Arbor, Michigan under the mentorship of one or more GLERL researchers: Nathan Hawley, George Leshkevich, Steve Lozano, Stuart Ludsin, Tom Nalepa, Scott Peacor, and Steve Ruberg, and Henry Vanderploeg.

Responsibilities: Students will be expected to spend extended periods of time (4-14 days per month) on Lake Erie (with periodic port stops), in a comfortable, well-equipped, live-aboard research vessel with as many as 20 other researchers, to help collect biological/physical data (per above) or help operate buoy systems. The remainder of time would be spent helping GLERL researchers in Ann Arbor (per above).

Fellows will be expected to provide both a short, written project report and a brief presentation at the work?s completion. Academic credit for the experience may be arranged through the University of Michigan or the Fellows? home institution. Details for obtaining university credit will be provided with the acceptance letter.

Qualifications: Candidates with strong academic records are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of aquatic ecology and experience conducting aquatic field research is desired, but not essential.

To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in the 2004-05 academic year. Preference will be given to current undergraduate students or undergraduate students who received their degree during the 2004-05 academic year, although applications from graduate students will receive consideration.

Salary: Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $5,000 for a three-month fellowship.

Closing date: Applications must be received by March 14, 2005. Funding decisions will be made by mid-April. The starting date of the position will be between May 1 and June 13, 2005.

Application: An application must contain a cover letter, resume, academic transcript(s) (unofficial copies are acceptable), and a letter of recommendation. Please also indicate your primary interests (fish, zooplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates, remote sensing, buoys), and whether you prefer lab or field work.

Submit all documentation to: Sarah Mark, The University of Michigan ? CILER, 2038A Dana Bldg., 430 E. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115. For general questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact Sarah at 734-763-3010 or <mailto:Sarah.Mark@noaa.gov>Sarah.Mark@noaa.gov. For project-specific questions, contact Stuart Ludsin at 734-741-2355 or <mailto:Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov>Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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Summer Student Fellow in Aquatic Ecology

Description: We are seeking a motivated student to provide technical assistance on two research efforts:

1) Gulf of Mexico acoustics. To synthesize hydroacoustics (underwater sonar used to detect fish abundance and location in the water column) and habitat (e.g., temperature, dissolved oxygen, zooplankton) data collected in the "Dead Zone" (low oxygen area) of the Gulf of Mexico (data collected during summers 2003-2004). These data ultimately will be used in computer and statistical models to help scientists and management agencies understand and predict distributional and growth patterns of fish in relation to habitat availability.

2) Fish condition. To help develop bioelectrical impedance analysis (<http://www.rjlsystems.com/>BIA) as a means to measure energy density (caloric value) and lipid (fat) content of Lake Erie fishes (e.g., lake whitefish, walleye, yellow perch). In so doing, we seek to develop a rapid, inexpensive, and non-lethal way to quantify fish condition in the field.

The successful candidate will be hired as a Fellow in the 2005 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellowship Program, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) <http://www.glerl.noaa.gov>Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and the <http://www.ciler.org>Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) at the University of Michigan (U of M). The fellow will be a guest student of U of M, and will gain experience by working at GLERL in Ann Arbor, MI under the mentorship of Dr. Stuart Ludsin.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to work on both projects. For the Gulf of Mexico acoustics project, specific duties will primarily involve processing hydroacoustics data on fish distributions in the Gulf of Mexico, and secondarily involve generation of graphical presentations of the data (typically using Sigma Plot and Excel). For the fish-condition project, the student will be expected to measure fish condition in the field using BIA, learn techniques to analyze lipid content of fish in the laboratory, and help prepare data for analysis. A strong possibility of assisting other Dr. Ludsin and other GLERL researchers in aquatic ecology research and other field endeavors in Lake Erie also exists.

The Fellow will be expected to provide a short, written project report and a brief presentation at the work?s completion. Academic credit for the experience may be arranged through the University of Michigan or the Fellow?s home institution; details for obtaining university credit will be provided with the acceptance letter.

Qualifications: Candidates with strong academic records are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of aquatic ecology and experience conducting aquatic field research is desired, but not essential. Experience with Microsoft Excel, data analysis, and graphics generation, is highly desired, but also is not essential. No experience with hydroacoustics is required.

To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in the 2004-05 academic year. Preference will be given to current undergraduate students or undergraduate students who received their degree during the 2004-05 academic year, although applications from graduate students will receive consideration.

Salary: Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $5,000 for a three-month fellowship.

Closing date: Applications must be received by March 14, 2005. Funding decisions will be made by mid-April. The starting date of the position will be between May 1 and June 13, 2005.

Application: An application must contain a cover letter, resume, academic transcript(s) (unofficial copies are acceptable), and a letter of recommendation. Please also indicate your primary interests (fish, zooplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates, remote sensing, buoys), and whether you prefer lab or field work.

Submit all documentation to: Sarah Mark, The University of Michigan ? CILER, 2038A Dana Bldg., 430 E. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115. For general questions about the fellowship or application process, please contact Sarah at 734-763-3010 or <mailto:Sarah.Mark@noaa.gov>Sarah.Mark@noaa.gov. For project-specific questions, contact Stuart Ludsin at 734-741-2355 or <mailto:Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov>Stuart.Ludsin@noaa.gov.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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Stuart A. Ludsin, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


U.S. Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-2945

Phone: (734) 741-2355
FAX: (734) 741-2055
Email: <stuart.ludsin@noaa.htm>stuart.ludsin@noaa.gov
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