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Ryan Rykaczewski

Associate Professor
Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences and
School of the Earth, Ocean, & Environment
University of South Carolina
(803) 777-8159

B.S., 2002, University of Miami

Ph.D., 2009
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego

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I am a fisheries oceanographer investigating ecosystem responses to climate variability and change. This research involves consideration of theory, observations (time series and process studies), and models.

My research group works to understand the impact of climate processes--both natural and anthropogenic--on fisheries and ecosystem productivity. By investigating the influence of physical processes on nutrient composition, the carbonate system, oxygen content, and the structure of planktonic assemblages, we hope to better understand the implications of long-term climate changes for the productivity of living marine resources.

We seek to understand the responses of marine ecosystems and fisheries to climate variability while sharing our passion for oceanography and exploration.

Current opportunities:

Graduate student positions in Marine Ecology, Climate Change, and Biological Oceanography:
Applications for graduate studies at the MS and PhD levels are being accepted through the Marine Science Program and the Department of Biological Sciences. Potential students interested in studying the interactions among marine ecosystems, fisheries, and climate should contact Ryan by email with a CV and a brief statement about research interests. Please note the application deadlines for these programs are typically in January or February prior to the initial fall semester, but applications for external funding are oftentimes due in the preceding November.

Specifically, the lab is looking for a student interested in exploring the 1) responses of marine communities to changes in the location and seasonal timing of upwelling; and 2) statistical descriptions of changing empirical relationships between physical ocean characteristics and populations of commercial fishes in the North Pacific.

Undergraduate student positions:
We are stuffed to the gills with great undergraduate researchers for the current semester, and new letters of interest will be reviewed for positions beginning spring of 2019. If you are interested in gaining experience in projects related to ecosystem oceanography and modeling beginning in summer, please forward a brief letter of interest and CV to Ryan at ryk@sc.edu.