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Susceptibility of Atlantic Surfclams, Spisula solidissima, to Ocean Acidification: Transitioning from Laboratory Experiments to Benthic Habitat Sampling and Characterization


National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

opportunity location
26.03.53.C0542 Milford, CT 06460


name email phone
Matthew E Poach 203.314.8719


A position is available to conduct research on the sediment carbonate chemistry of Atlantic surfclam habitat along the coast of Cape Cod, MA, US. The researcher will be responsible for contributing to field sample collection and analysis as well as conducting a field transplant experiment. Applicants should have a strong background in the following areas: sediment biogeochemistry, reactive transport modeling, and multivariate statistical analysis. A familiarity with bivalves is advantageous. This research and position has funding for 3 years.

This project has three objectives: 1. Conduct field studies to determine surfclam growth rates and the sediment carbonate chemistry where those surfclams reside; 2. Validate laboratory-based DEB modelling results of surfclam growth rates using field data; 3. Determine how the transplanting of S.s. solidissima from sites along the northern coast of Cape Cod to S.s. similis sites along the southern coast effects growth, survival, and recruitment.

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Clements JC, HL Hunt. 2018. Testing for Sediment Acidification Effects on Within-Season Variability in Juvenile Soft-Shell Clam (Mya arenaria) Abundance on the Northern Shore of the Bay of Fundy. Estuaries Coasts, 41: 471–83.

Rassmann, J, B Lansard, L Pozzato, C Rabouille. 2016. Carbonate chemistry in sediment
porewaters of the Rhône River delta driven by early diagenesis (northwestern Mediterranean).
Biogeosciences, 13: 5379-5394.

key words
ocean acidification; sediment biogeochemistry; bivalves; Atlantic surfclams; Spisula solidissima


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$71,000.00 $4,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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