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Postdoctoral position: Sea turtle life histories and new aging methods

University of Florida
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Postdoctoral position: Sea turtle life histories and new aging methods

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Hannah Vander Zanden’s lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Florida. Current research in the lab focuses on tracing animal migration with stable isotope approaches. The focus of this project will be to use novel radio and stable isotope techniques to validate loggerhead sea turtle age estimates and expand the long-term trophic records that can be obtained from loggerhead tissues. More specifically, we are interested in 1) evaluating eye lenses as a new method to age sea turtles and track lifetime isotopic histories and 2) characterizing scute growth rates. Ultimately, the demographic information obtained from the study results will be used to update parameters used in region-specific population models. There may also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing projects in the lab related to animal movement or trophic ecology. Applicants that have previous experience with stable isotopes and/or skeletochronology are desirable.

Start date: January 2020

Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Required qualifications: PhD in Biology, Ecology, Marine Science or similar field

Description: This position will consist of a full-time, twelve-month appointment with a two-year renewal upon satisfactory performance.

Prospective graduate students

If you are interested in research in my lab and think that I could be a good fit as your advisor, I look forward to hearing from you.  In the initial contact, it would be helpful if you could provide your CV, previous research experiences, and what your research interests are for your PhD project.  Note that the department only reviews applications for admission once per year, and that deadline is December 1, so it is important to establish a dialog prior to the deadline.  Additional information about the UF Department of Biology graduate program, application instructions, and admissions criteria can be found here.

Undergraduate research

I host undergraduate volunteers to help with aspects of my research projects.  Currently the lab is at capacity, but feel free to send me an email if you have interest so that I can keep you in mind when openings are available.

How to Apply:

Please send the following materials as a single PDF file: 1) cover letter communicating the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position, 2) current CV, 3) names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2019, and the position will be open until filled.

Send application materials and other inquiries to Hannah Vander Zanden via email ( with “Loggerhead Postdoc” in the subject line.