We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic quantitative fisheries/marine scientist to contribute to a project aimed at understanding how coral reef habitat degradation due to climatic disturbances is influencing fisheries potential and landings. Working closely with the Seychelles Fishing Authority, the project will analyse long-term underwater survey data (>20 years), and fish landings data (>30 years), which span 2 major coral bleaching events that have caused major habitat degradation. Spatially, these data also represent differences in fishing pressure, and management regimes. Specific aims will include: 1) How fish availability (underwater surveys) and landings have changed through time, 2) How the composition of the catch has changed, and 3) How differing management and habitat condition have influenced these patterns.
You will have a background in fisheries/marine sciences, and relevant experience in statistical modelling. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. Attention to detail and good English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project within demanding deadlines.