Graduate students

(wanting to do a PhD or MSc)

TFEL is looking to recruit new graduate students who are keen to work on topics relating to coral-reef fish ecology. Please read and consider the following recommendations, then contact Alastair Harborne with an initial enquiry.

  • Read about the research in the lab and have a look at some of the recent publications to make sure they are consistent with your interests

  • Try to suggest some general research topics that you might be interested in working on - these don't need to detailed, but are more useful than saying you "want to work on coral reefs"

  • Please send a CV documenting your qualifications and research experience

  • I value research experience, even if it isn't in coral reef ecology - try to gain research experience wherever possible

  • Graduate opportunities are usually limited by funding - try to investigate funding opportunities such as FIU's TA scheme and NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Please be aware that FIU does not provide TA funding to MSc students. Therefore, unless Alastair is advertising an MSc position supported by funds from a successful grant application, it is virtually impossible to fund MSc students. Consequently, you will need to identify your own funding if you wish to undertake a MSc with TFEL

New opportunity!

Studying shark and reef fish ecology using ‘big data’: Ph.D. Project.


Alastair Harborne and Demian Chapman at Florida International University (FIU) are looking for a Ph.D. student to mine the Global FinPrint dataset to examine large-scale questions of tropical shark and fish distributions, ecology, and behavior. The FinPrint data set comprises ~20,000 hours of baited remote underwater video station (BRUVS) from 58 countries. Starting in the Fall Semester 2020, this will be a jointly advised project based in FIUs Tropical Fish Ecology Lab and Predator Ecology and Conservation Lab. We are looking for a student with strong quantitative skills (experience of Bayesian statistics and GIS an advantage), and a primary interest in using very large datasets to answer key questions in coral reef fish ecology and conservation. Marine biology experience not essential. Note that new fieldwork is likely to be minimal during this project, with a primary focus on video and data analyses. The successful applicant will need to secure a Teaching Assistantship at FIU. Please send resume and cover letter to and Review of applications will begin in early October. Deadline to apply for a FIU Teaching Assistantship is Jan 2020.

Post-doctoral researchers

TFEL welcomes approaches from post-graduate researchers who are keen to work on topics relating to coral-reef fish ecology. Funding is always limited for post-graduates, so please consider potential funding sources such as the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Please contact Alastair Harborne with an initial enquiry.‚Äč

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