Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network Newsletter

December 2022

Welcome to the latest Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN) newsletter issue.

If you are interested in providing ideas, contributing a story, or being featured in the newsletter, please contact us at or @IMECaN4.

In this newsletter:

  • Highlights from IMECaN DEI Workshop
  • IYAFA wrap-up
  • Researcher spotlight
  • Event and job opportunities

Highlights of IMECaN workshop on Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Interdisciplinary Marine Research

Charles Addey (Organizing Committee of IMECaN)

The Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN) held a virtual workshop on 11 October 2022 that addressed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in interdisciplinary marine research. The workshop featured three invited speakers: Dr. Ingrid van Putten, Dr. Stephanie Brodie, and Dr. Becca Shellock, who shared their personal experiences and approach to DEI in their interdisciplinary research. Detailed discussions were further carried out in different smaller breakout groups. The facilitated discussions were focused on three overarching questions: (i) What does DEI mean for you and your research community? (ii) What are the main challenges or barriers to DEI that you face as an interdisciplinary marine researcher? (iii) How can DEI be improved or fostered within interdisciplinary marine research?

At the end of the breakout discussion, there was an interactive plenary session summarizing the workshop's outcome. A perspective paper on the workshop topic will be published with workshop attendees invited to contribute as co-authors.

The video of the presentations of the three invited speakers is available on the IMBeR page.

IYAFA 2022 is ending, but commitments must continue

The International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) is coming to an end, but work must continue until small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers, and fish workers are fully recognized and empowered. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been the lead agency for celebrating the year in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system. Hundreds of activities and events were organized worldwide to highlight the importance of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture for our food systems, livelihoods, culture and the environment.

If you are interested in useful resources and guidance for a broad range of stakeholders don´t miss the opportunity to take a look at The Global Action Plan (GAP) of the IYAFA 2022. Watch the video: Small in Scale, Big in Value

Researcher spotlight: Exploring Southern Ocean Productivity

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The Southern Ocean’s Antarctic Convergence zone is very high in marine productivity, however, our understanding of what drives this productivity still contains gaps in knowledge. Over the last 7 weeks, University of British Columbia (UBC) Ph.D. Candidate and 2022 National Geographic Explorer, Alexis Bahl, took part in an expedition to the Southern Ocean with her UBC teammates, Dr. Evgeny Pakhomov, Lora Pakhomov, and PhD Candidate, Florian Lüskow. Living aboard the Alfred Wegener’s Research Vessel, Polarstern, contained a multitude of experiences that can be read about on her blog. In an effort to better understand the region’s most abundant tunicate species, Salpa thompsoni, Alexis and her team conducted sampling with a high-resolution camera and nets. Pictured below are her teammates separating species from a nighttime net sample to 600 m. Results on how S. thompsoni contributes to the region’s productivity will be the focal point of future publications.

Interesting readings and podcasts

Upcoming events

(conferences, workshops, and symposiums)

Job and career development opportunities

  • PhD project opportunity in policy learning from climate interventions in Global Marine Hotspots at University of Tasmania: More info 
  • PhD (Ecology and Conservation) opportunity in “Plastic pollution and ocean giants: Investigating the extent and impacts of plastic ingestion by marine megafauna”. More info. Deadline: 9th January 2023.
  • PhD (Earth and Environmental Science) opportunity in “Understanding the effects of rapid environmental change on the ecology of a key Southern Ocean predator, the Antarctic fur seal”. More info. Deadline: 9th January 2023.
  • PhD project opportunity in “Fish nurseries in a changing world: towards functional indicators of habitat quality”. More info. Deadline: 11th January 2023.
  • PhD project opportunity in “Explaining process, pattern and dynamics of marine predator hotspots in the Southern Ocean”. More info. Deadline: 3rd January 2023.
  • PhD project opportunity ‘Testing the potential of seaweeds and seagrasses to improve water quality’ More info. Deadline: 17th January 2023.
  • PhD project opportunity in “Human-driven habitat change: impacts on Herring Gull populations and shifting conservation conflicts” University of Glasgow. More info.
  • PhD Scholarship in Fisheries Ecology. National Institute of Aquatic Resources - DTU Aqua, Denmark. More info. Deadline: 22nd January 2023.
  • PhD opportunity in “Reconstructing Arctic Ocean and Nordic Sea Circulation During Ice Sheet Melting Events”. Department of Earth Sciences - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. More info.
  • Three PhD opportunities in “Future proofing Australia’s tropical seagrasses: a recovery and restoration framework for tropical ports and beyond”. College of Science & Engineering; The Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Australia. More info.
  • Two PhD opportunities in “Megabenthic communities from cold-water coral reefs across the deep Atlantic Ocean”. University of Aveiro (Portugal) in collaboration with Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Centro Oceanográfico de Gijón (Spain). More info. Deadline: 10th January 2023.
  • PhD opportunity in “Investigating the impacts of novel bioplastics in the marine environment”. University of Exeter, United Kingdom. More info. Deadline: 9th December 2022.
  • PhD opportunity: Understanding coral connectivity and its drivers across the Indian Ocean”. University of Essex, United Kingdom. More info. Deadline: 11th January 2023.
  • PhD Research Fellowship in Evolutionary Genomics. Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway. More info.
  • Several PhD opportunities. Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources, United kingdom. More info. Deadline: 17th January 2023.

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