The Southern Ocean helps regulate the Earth’s climate system and supports unique and biodiverse ecosystems. The microbial communities of the Southern Ocean - bacteria, phytoplankton, and microzooplankton - are the foundation of Antarctic marine ecosystems and play a pivotal role in its biogeochemical and trophic functioning. However, our ability to observe and forecast change to microbial community structure and processes in the Southern Ocean is currently poor.
NIWA are looking for a PhD student to work between NIWA (Wellington, New Zealand) and the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) with the objective of characterising Southern Ocean microbial ecosystems to improve observation, modelling and forecasting of the biogeochemistry of the Ross Sea region.
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