Comment Opportunity: The US National Strategy for Marine Biodiversity

Request for Information (RFI): The National Strategy for Marine Biodiversity. The National Science Foundation, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), requests input from all interested parties to inform the development of a National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy (Strategy), covering the genetic lineages, species, habitats, and ecosystems of United States (U.S.) ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters. The Strategy will strengthen the knowledge foundation and coordination on which federal agencies and other parties can align priorities and investments toward more cost-effective and successful solutions to the increasing challenges that require information on biodiversity and living resources. The Strategy will align research and monitoring on ocean life for safe and sustainable management, conservation, development, and climate solutions; and improve delivery of biodiversity information to support wise management and the growing ocean economy.

Through this RFI, SOST seeks input on the foundational elements of a Strategy for delivering needed knowledge and implementing effective stewardship of ocean life. Those elements will include actions federal agencies should take to:

  • collect, coordinate, and deliver information for policy, investment, development, and management;
  • better align ocean biodiversity investments and policy with societal needs for both use and protection of living resources;
  • and how to ensure benefits to society across sectors and from local to international levels.

This is your chance to make sure that your ideas and concerns are considered in how this important initiative goes forward. The full RFI can be found here. Submit responses to and include “RFI: Public Comment on the National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy” in the subject line of the message.

Northern Arizona Univ Cluster Hire – Remote Sensing Applications

Cluster Hire in Remote Sensing Applications and Instrument Development at Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is initiating a cluster hire of multiple faculty positions (including tenure-track and research-track positions) to build on NAU’s existing multidisciplinary strengths in remote sensing analysis that are critical components of many of its outstanding educational and research programs. The goal of this initiative is to increase NAU’s strength in the areas of instrument and application development to advance new techniques and instruments that address timely and critically important scientific questions across disciplines. Successful candidates will help to build remote-sensing capacity in existing areas of strength at NAU in engineering and the natural & social sciences, and/or will help to build new opportunities in novel disciplines. New hires will support the development of a research center focused on remote sensing. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
•       Space-based remote sensing of Earth and other planetary bodies.
•       Terrestrial, near-surface remote sensing (e.g., UAVs, tower- or tripod-mounted devices, hand-held instruments, wearable devices).
•       Software & analysis methods (e.g., autonomous devices, machine learning & AI applied to remote devices).
•       Instrument design and testing, including integration of off-the-shelf components for novel applications.

For minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as how to apply, please refer to the link below:

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Max Planck Inst Job: Independent Jr Research Group Head – Climate Variability

An opportunity to be Head of an Independent Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute – if your research falls in the scope of climate variability.  If you attained your Ph.D degree less than 4 years ago, you can apply. Funding of the position is for 6 years, plus funding for a postdoc and 2 PhD students. Find out more here:

USGS – Remote Sensing & AAUS Cert. SCUBA Diver Job Opportunity, Santa Cruz CA USA

the U.S. Geological Survey are looking for a Physical Scientist / Geographer ( to join our team at the Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.


Specific duties will include: 


  • Use ArcGIS, MATLAB, Python, and Google Earth software for applications to ecosystems and climate change impact studies in coastal settings.
  • Process and manipulate various complex geospatial datasets (e.g., remote sensing imagery, bathymetric data sets, sediment composition) to interpret geologic and oceanographic processes and delineate benthic habitats.
  • Use ArcGIS and related software for applications for estuarine, coastal, and marine topographic, bathymetric, and sediment transport studies.
  • Manage and co-author reports and maps to inform the scientific community of results of research.
  • Work directly with editing and publishing groups to see products through the complete publication process.

The work will initially support our science on tropical coastal hazards and ecosystems across the globe, from the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean to the Virgin Islands in Caribbean. See these links for more information on the science questions and goals:

Coral Reef Project:

Coastal Climate Impacts Project:

Physical demands:  

Field assignments involve outdoor work where there is considerable walking and climbing over rough terrain. The work required physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds and working on vessels at sea.

NOTE: The applicant must be AAUS-quality scientific scuba diver certified.

Salary: $70,674 – $111,157 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS-9 to GS-11, depending on qualifications

Duration: This is a 13-month position, renewable up to 4 years.

Remote Job: No
Telework eligible: Yes — as determined by the agency policy.
Travel Required: Occasional travel — You will be expected to travel for this position.

Vacancy Announcement: USGS-SAC-24-12194948-DE-ML (will close Monday 11 December 2023)

The full job announcement and how to apply can be found here: