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Wild Scallop Population Resilience: Using Multigenerational Studies to Estimate Robustness and Adaptive Potential to Rapidly Changing Ocean Acidification


National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

opportunity location
26.03.53.C0522 Milford, CT 06460


name email phone
Katherine Marie McFarland 440.567.7335


A position is available to conduct research on the long term effects of ocean acidification on scallops over multiple generations to estimate population resiliency and potential for adaptation to near-term and long-term ocean acidification conditions. The researcher will be responsible for contributing to experiments at all life stages (larval to adult) and will lead the genomic analysis to estimate changes in allele frequency to estimate adaptive capacity. The genomic work will include bench work molecular biology techniques to prepare tissue samples for ddRAD sequencing and bioinformatics. This work will require strong bioinformatics skills and proficiency in R and Linux. This research and position have funding for 3 years.

This project has three objectives: 1. Assess the resilience of scallop populations to OA and determine their capacity for adaptation across generations; 2. Assess the robustness of scallop tolerance to combinations of environmental factors, including OA, temperature, and food availability, by quantifying a number of performance metrics, including survivorship, growth, development time, and physiological rates; and 3. Quantify genetic changes in scallops across generations in response to OA, and map those changes to phenotypic responses where possible.

key words
ocean acidification, adaptive capacity, transgenerational plasticity, genomics, ddRADseq, scallops, shellfish


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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