Postdoctoral opportunity at University of Queensland using Saildrone technology to investigate marine protected areas

7 November 2019

State-of-the-art Saildrone technology will be used in this project to measure the physical and biological environment inside and outside the marine protected area (MPA). A Saildrone is an unmanned surface vehicle that uses wind and solar power to perform autonomous data collection, and can be equipped with a sensor payload that can provide high-resolution spatial and temporal data on water temperature, chlorophyll-a, coloured dissolved organic matter, dissolved oxygen, currents (using an acoustic doppler current profiler), and biomass of large zooplankton and fish (using echosounders).

The project is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Saildrone, the University of Queensland, and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, and represents a rare opportunity to empirically investigate the impact of blue water MPAs on ocean ecosystems.

This is a postdoctoral research position for 2 years initially. The candidate would be based at the University of Queensland, and would work closely with TNC and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Together with the research team, the candidate will help develop a series of hypothesis related to the questions above. They will also help lead both the sampling design for Saildrone data collection around Palmyra and analysis of the subsequent data to address these hypotheses. The ideal candidate would someone with experience in ocean bio-acoustics (e.g. echo sounders), and using Matlab, R or similar programming languages.

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