Fisheries Biologist - Atlantic Salmon Habitat Needed

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Integrated Statistics is looking for a Fisheries Biologist to work with the work with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) on a project analyzing Atlantic salmon habitat. The position may be based in Woods Hole MA, Gloucester MA, or Portland ME.

Remnant populations of US origin Atlantic salmon are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and have been designated as the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment (GoM DPS). The recent identification of Atlantic salmon as being one of the most vulnerable species to climate change in the northeastern Atlantic emphasizes the critical need to consider how climate-related changes may affect riverine/marine habitats and species survival. However, uncertainty surrounding climate variability and change can complicate management decisions and actions.

The Fisheries Biologist will assist with describing key habitat attributes of the physical environment, focusing on all habitat types that are utilized by US Atlantic salmon population, from the headwaters of the rivers that comprise the GoM DPS to the west coast of Greenland. Key habitat elements considered include streamflow, stream temperature, marine temperatures at the surface and depth, ocean salinities at the surface and depth, currents, primary production, secondary production, and others to be identified. Contemporary conditions will be described using existing data, and future conditions (~75 years into the future) will be characterized from available climate projections. Describing contemporary conditions and comparing future projections against life stage-specific tolerances will allow for the consideration of impacts due to a changing climate in contemporary management and for the development of realistic expectations for species recovery.

The project will mostly consist of synthesizing available published and unpublished information describing habitat conditions suitable (including preferences and tolerances) for Atlantic salmon by life stage and climate model projections of future habitat conditions. The Fisheries Biologist will work closely with an oversight group that will will help guide the work to ensure it adequately addresses management needs.  The oversight group consists of NOAA NMFS (Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Restoration Center, and Greater Atlantic Regional Field Office Protected Resources Division), NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, and Gulf of Maine Research Institute staff, and other collaborators as needed (United States Geological Survey, NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, etc.).

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The rate of pay is $26/hr. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website, and is expected to last six months to one year.

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