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Research Project Description

Eutrophication and Climate History of Narragansett Bay, RI Through Dated Sediment Cores
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Narragansett, RI


Project Description:

A faculty research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL). The appointment will be served with the Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

AED’s mission is to develop theory and methods and analyze data to improve understanding and quantify environmental effects of human activity on coastal waters and watersheds. This research project seeks to develop historic reconstruction of the eutrophication and climate history of Narragansett Bay through the use of radiometrically dated sediment cores.

Joining a larger group of AED scientists involved in various aspects of a research program developed to demonstrate a systems approach to integrated nutrient management for the Narragansett Bay system, the selected research participant will collect sediment cores from selected locations in the bay. S/he will analyze the cores to examine both the pre- and post-European settlement anthropogenic changes to Narragansett Bay and climate-cycle and storm impacts on this system.

Through this opportunity, the research participant will have the opportunity to be involved with other AED researchers as well as collaborators from other divisions in EPA’s Office of Research and Development. S/he will gain experience through providing much needed high-resolution reconstruction data for the human impacts to Narragansett Bay from European settlement forward, giving the participant a better understanding of the usefulness of dated sediment core analysis. S/he will gain professional exposure by presenting this research at scientific meetings and publishing the results in peer-reviewed scientific literature.


Applicants must be a full time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university and have received a degree in biogeochemistry, chemistry, or oceanography.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but a candidate also may hold an appropriate visa status; an H1B visa is not appropriate) 

The appointment is part time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with his/her academic salary. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

Suzanne Ayvazian will be the mentor for this project. She can be contacted at

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NHEERL-AED-2013-07 when calling or writing for information.