Graduate Student in Marine Science
The laboratory of Kristina Mojica at The School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Division of Marine Science (usm.edu/ocean-science-engineering/) is currently recruiting a graduate student (M.Sc. or Ph.D.). The Mojica lab combines laboratory and field studies to investigate how physicochemical variability influences microbial interactions and regulate biogeochemical fluxes over broad ocean scale (learn more at https://www.marinemicrobialecologylab.com/publications). The Mojica lab is currently seeking a dedicated and motivated graduate student for a project focused on understanding how physical mixing processes influences phytoplankton and their mortality agents (microzooplankton grazers and viruses) to regulate the annual spring accumulation of phytoplankton biomass. Prospective students should hold a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in biological oceanography, marine science, marine microbiology, marine ecology, or a related science field. Interested students are encouraged to contact Kristina Mojica (Kristina.Mojica@usm.edu). Application review will start immediately, and successful applicants may start as early as January 2021. If feasible, the student will have the opportunity to join a 4-week field expedition in the North Atlantic onboard the R/V Pelagia, which will take place in Feb 2021. Application details may be found at usm.edu/graduate-programs/marine-science.php. All DMS graduate assistants are supported with an annual resource package, including a tuition waiver and a stipend with benefits.
USM has been designated as the flagship university for Marine Science in the state of Mississippi and is an R1 Carnegie Research University – Highest Research Activity. Marine Science faculty and graduate programs are housed at Stennis Space Center, where the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and the M.S. degree in Hydrographic Science are delivered. John C. Stennis Space Center is a federal city that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers. Marine Science faculty benefit from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including the Naval Research Laboratory-Stennis Space Center, the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the USGS and NOAA Centers, such as the National Data Buoy Center and the National Centers for Environmental Information. Stennis is also in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for USM’s R/V Point Sur and USM Marine Research Center, which features a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space. Gulfport will be the future site of the Center for Ocean Enterprise and the home port of a new 199-ft UNOLS Regional Class Research Vessel (R/V Gilbert R. Mason).