Graduate School of Oceanography

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the world’s premier academic institutions of oceanography and ocean exploration. GSO’s research, education, and outreach activities advance our knowledge of the world’s ocean.

Current Student Opportunities at GSO

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Beinart Lab – PhD Student, MSc Students

The Beinart lab at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography is looking for a PhD student interested in the ecology of bacterial-animal symbioses at hydrothermal vents. The project includes the opportunity to use genomics/metagenomics to examine the diversity, distribution, and population structure of the bacterial symbionts associated with hydrothermal vent animals, both in their free-living state in the environment and when associated with their hosts, as well as to assess patterns of symbiont association across host developmental stages. Applicants should have MSc and/or undergraduate degrees, with backgrounds in microbiology, bioinformatics, marine biology and/or computer science, and an interest in participating in a sea-going research cruise.

The Beinart lab is also broadly looking for Msc students interested in the ecology and physiology of the microbial symbionts of aquatic organisms. Applicants should have undergraduate degrees, with backgrounds in microbiology, bioinformatics, marine biology, biology, and/or computer science. Projects could involve assessing the diversity and physiology of the chemosynthetic symbionts associated with marine animals, or the prokaryotic symbionts of anaerobic protists. Projects will likely include, but are not limited to: analysis of genomic and transcriptomic sequences, as well as laboratory or shipboard physiological experiments.

Both positions include funding for tuition and salary. If interested, please send a short research interest statement and CV to Roxanne Beinart ( with the subject line “PhD position” or “Msc position”, as appropriate.

Rynearson Lab – PhD Students

PhD positions in plankton eco-evolutionary dynamics and global change biology

The Rynearson lab has two open positions for PhD students to focus on the broad themes of understanding ecology and evolution in marine phytoplankton. Both projects include aspects of global change biology. One position includes opportunities to examine phytoplankton gene flow, connectivity and diversity using population genetics and experimental evolution approaches. A second position includes opportunities to use genomics and transcriptomics to examine the metabolic ecology of phytoplankton.

Menden-Deuer Lab – Graduate Students

There are several opportunities for motivated and curious graduate students in the Menden-Deuer lab at GSO. Available research topics include field, laboratory and modeling work to investigate predator prey interactions in the plankton. More information can be found at:

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