Doctoral & Post-Doctoral

Overview

Since 1990 the BBFS has hosted and supported PhD students from around the globe in projects investigating various aspects of elasmobranch biology. Our main research focus is the lemon shark and we have accumulated a large amount of information about this species including diet, behavior, prey and predator community dynamics, life history, mating system and genetics (see scientific output). The lemon shark is now recognised as a ‘model’ for requiem sharks and serves as an important tool for advancing our knowledge of general shark biology. The longevity of our research in Bimini, coupled with the experience of our crew and dedicated volunteers, provides a unique and exciting platform from which to develop novel scientific questions.

Completing doctoral research in Bimini is hard work and demanding both physically and academically. We therefore expect all prospective PhD students to have previously volunteered at the station for at ~4 months. This is beneficial for both us and you as we are able to assess your capabilities in the field; discuss your project ideas; ensure you are trained in research techniques and have an understanding of the Bimini ecosystem. If accepted doctoral students are expected to spend 3 years at the station to ensure sufficient data can be collected for their research. They are responsible for the daily activities of the volunteers, supervising project students and contributing to the daily functioning of the station. In return they receive a PhD Sharklab scholarship which includes accommodation and food, equipment and logistics support as well as project supervision from Matthew Smukall and Dr. Gruber.

Note BBFS does not confer degrees all applicants are required to have secured a position at a University as well as an academic advisor. 

 

When Can I Apply?

Currently BBFS has two PhD students conducting their research until Dec 2021. Ideally our next students will arrive a month or so prior to our current ones to allow for overlap and training. Our new PhD field research began in July-October 2018. At BBFS we usually take on two PhD students every three years, however we are open to discussing options particularly if students have funding or a University position secured. We urge applicants to begin communicating with Matthew Smukall and Dr. Gruber as soon as possible. It is not easy securing funding or a University position and we like to know who will be starting their PhD ~6 months in advance. Please be sure to have read around the subject before contacting and see current and past research for ideas. 

IMPORTANT - Current PhD positions have been filled. Next opening will be June 2021.

Currently BBFS has three PhD students conducting their research until Dec 2014 (see current research). Ideally our next students will arrive a month or so prior to our current ones to allow for overlap and training. Officially new PhD field research will begin January 2015. At BBFS we usually take on two PhD students every three years, however we are open to discussing options particularly if students have funding or a University position secured. We urge applicants to begin communicating with Dr. Gruber and or Dr. Guttridge as soon as possible. It is not easy securing funding or a University position and we like to know who will be starting their PhD ~6 months in advance. Please be sure to have read around the subject before contacting and see current and past research for ideas. 

 
 
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