PhD in mesopelagics acoustics and spatial population ecology

14 February 2019

A PhD scholarship in Fish Population Ecology is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua) starting in 2019. The research field of the scholarship is spatial ecology of mesopelagic fishes.

Global human population growth is causing increased demand for food, including  marine proteins and lipids. Mesopelagic organisms represent the largest unexploited resource left in the world's oceans, with a recent biomass estimate of 10 billion metric tons, 10 times larger than previous estimates. Nevertheless, our knowledge of the mesopelagic community with respect to its biodiversity, the drivers of its biomass, its role in carbon sequestration, and its interactions with the epipelagic community, including existing commercial fish stocks, has major gaps. The main reason for these knowledge gaps is the lack of proper methods for observing and sampling the relatively small organisms residing at water depths between 200 and 1000m.

Applications for this position close 1 April 2019.

For more information you can contact Stefan Neuenfeldt, tel.: +45 3588 3402, email:

To apply online, follow this link

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