Early Career Training Program

The goal of this program is to give post-candidacy PhD students and postdocs an opportunity to learn a new skill such as a laboratory or field method, data analysis tool, or other skill relevant to the study of coral bleaching.

This program seeks to foster inter-disciplinary approaches in coral bleaching research. Four individuals will be selected each year on a competitive basis to work with a PI at an institution other than their own for at least one month. Four individuals per year will be selected on a competitive basis to work with PIs at an institution other than their own for at least one month and provided a flat amount of $2,000 per awardee. Awardees must have letters of support from the host institution PI and their current advisor or supervisor at the time of application submission to be eligible.  Potential PI hosts include the Coral Bleaching RCN Workshop participants, though applicants are not restricted to those individuals on the list. Successful applicants will have one year to complete the proposed activity. All awardees will be required to submit a 2-page final report within 30 days after completing the exchange or repay the award. Additional application details are given on the application form.

2019 Recipients

Raúl Augusto González Pech, University of Queensland, Australia
Host: Jennifer Matthews, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Project title: Harmless refugee or dangerous invader? Identification of fitness traits that allow the subtropical coral Pocillopora aliciae to proliferate in Sydney Harbor
Skill development: wet lab physiology methods and metabolomics data analysis

Andrea Michelle Gomez, City College of New York, USA
Host, Ross Cunning, Shedd Aquarium, USA
Project title:Evaluating Coral-Symbiont Community Dynamics in Two Species of Coral from La Parguera, Puerto Rico
Skill development: qPCR methods for identifying symbiont communities, R programming and visualization

Jamie Price, The Ohio State University, USA
Host, Kelly Wrighton, Colorado State University, USA
Project title: Metagenomic analyses of the coral microbiome
Skill development: metagenomic methodologies and pipeline assemblies, bioinformatics

Rowan McLachlan, The Ohio State Unviersity, USA
Host: Carley Kenkel, University of Southern California
Project title: Heritability of fitness-related resilience traits in corals
Skill development: computational analyses in population genetics, heritability, bioinformatics

Application Deadline for 2020 call: 1 March 2020

Eligibility: Post-candidacy PhD students and postdocs
Application form: Complete this form (along with all requested documents listed in the form) as a single .pdf to Dr. Rob Toonen (rjtoonen@gmail.com).

Program Coordinator: Robert Toonen (rjtoonen@gmail.com)
Co-Coordinator: Andréa Grottoli