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GLIN==> request for proposals

(please also see attached document for additional background information)

Request for Proposals
August 16, 2006 
John G. Shedd Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium

John G. Shedd Aquarium is seeking a MS or PhD-level graduate student or scientist with academic and technical expertise in Great Lakes ecology and/or fisheries biology to research and analyze scientific information related to the sustainability of a range of commercially caught Great Lakes freshwater fish.  The resulting report will be the basis for how these species are identified on updated versions of Shedd's Right Bite and Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Midwest Regional sustainable seafood guides in early 2007.  Under the guidance of Seafood Watch's Science Manager and Shedd's Conservation Programs Manager, the analyst will research seven species (yellow perch, walleye pike, smelt, round whitefish, lake whitefish, lake trout and lake herring) using the sustainability criteria and reporting format developed by the Seafood Watch program.

Sustainability criteria available at: <http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_aboutsfw.asp>) 

Reporting format example available at: <http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/content/media/MBA_SeafoodWatch_ImportedAtlanticCodReport.pdf> 

Information related to life history and stock status of these species as well as the bycatch, habitat impacts of fishing gear and the effectiveness of the overall management regime must be incorporated and integrated in this report.  The individual sustainability analyses for each species must also be integrated within the broader context of historical and ongoing change within the Great Lakes ecosystem.  This term, contract appointment will begin as soon as possible after the closing date (see, below) and will run through the fall and winter of 2006.  The completed, peer-reviewed analysis is due in February 2007.  A stipend will be provided for this project and will be discussed with applicants submitting proposals.  

To apply applicants must include a resume or curriculum vitae identifying their background and qualifications as well as prepare a statement of purpose including a proposed research timeline and scope of analysis.  Applicants should also submit two writing samples that highlight their critical thinking skills as well as their ability to write scientifically robust, compelling syntheses of complex conservation issues.  Questions related to these expectations can be addressed to George Leonard, Seafood Watch Science Manager at 831-647-6830; gleonard@mbayaq.org.

Application Deadline:  Friday, September 15, 2006

Send copies of materials to: 	
	George H. Leonard, PhD				Michelle Jost
	Science Manager					Conservation Progs. Manager
	Seafood Watch - Monterey Bay Aquarium		John G. Shedd Aquarium
	886 Cannery Row					1200 S. Lake Shore Drive	
            Monterey, CA  93940					Chicago, IL 60605


Melanie Napoleon
Manager, Great Lakes Conservation Initiative
John G. Shedd Aquarium
phone 312-692-3173

*Help Your Great Lakes - Visit http://www.greatlakesforever.org/

Attachment: GLRB_RFP_FINAL.doc
Description: GLRB_RFP_FINAL.doc