Postdoc or PhD assistantship in macroalgal chemical ecology

Chuck Amsler amsler at
Sun Mar 3 13:43:51 EST 2002

   I have an open position for either a postdoctoral fellow or a
student (Ph.D. student preferred) on a marine chemical ecology 
in Antarctica. Jim McClintock and Bill Baker are the other two 
PIs. The opening is for someone with primary interests in marine
macroalgal ecophysiology and/or ecology who would develop a 
that centered on the multiple potential roles of phlorotannins and
non-phlorotannin secondary metabolites in antarctic brown 
The position is definitely for someone who wants to focus on
macroalgae. However, a postdoctoral fellow would probably also be
involved to a lesser extent with the other primary objective of the
grant which centers on sequestration and potential induction of
anti-predator defenses in antarctic sponges. 
   Either position would require two field seasons of 2 to 4 month
at Palmer Station, Antarctica, probably sometime between February and
June in both 2003 and 2004. Our project makes extensive use of scuba
diving and experience in a formal research diving program is very
desirable in an applicant for a graduate position and is a virtual
requirement for a postdoctoral candidate. Diving at Palmer during that
time of year is in open water, not under ice, and the benthic
communities are phycologically magnificent. The large, perennial brown
algae that are the focus of this part of the project dominate hard
substrates with biomass levels comparable to Macrocystis forests.
   Although the position would not need to start until late August for
student or until sometime between then and December for a postdoc, the
logistical planning required for antarctic field work requires that
the person be identified VERY SOON. Anyone interested in the position,
even if only tentatively, needs to start a dialog with me on it
immediately (amsler at More info about the research group as a
whole can be found on the web at
Prospective graduate students in particular should also visit the
Department of Biology web site at and
should make sure to look at the minimum admission requirements listed
on the Graduate Program and Admissions page.

  -- Chuck Amsler

Dr. Chuck Amsler, Associate Professor of Biology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
E-mail: amsler at  <mailto:amsler at>
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