Shark Paleoecology during the Miocene-Pliocene
Graduate Student Opportunity at University of California, Merced


One graduate assistantship is available to study shark paleoecology at the University of California, Merced. This student will be part of a larger NSF funded project that explores physiological, ecological, and environmental causes of ‘Megalodon’ extinction. The project will include carbonate and phosphate isotope analysis of modern and ancient shark teeth from various ocean basins. The student will collaborate with geochemists and paleontologists from William Paterson Univ., DePaul Univ., and UCLA.  Preference will be given to an applicant with B.Sc. or M.Sc. in earth sciences or ecology with a (geo)chemistry background.


Active research goals and techniques used in the Kim lab:

1) reconstruct environmental gradients based on stable isotope analysis;

2) estimate body size distribution using tooth morphology;

3) 3) examine community-level trophic interactions using dynamic modeling and theoretical approaches;

4) develop modern analogue taxa or systems with geochemical techniques.   


Student support will include full tuition waiver, stipend, and Teaching Assistantship. To indicate your interest and be considered for the position, you should send a cover letter (with brief description of why you are interested in the position, research interests and experience), CV, copy of transcripts, names of three references, and other relevant information to Sora Lee Kim at [log in to unmask] More information about this position and work in the Kim lab are available at


Official applications for graduate education in the Environmental Systems Graduate Group at UC Merced should be submitted by the priority deadline of December 15, 2018 (the final Graduate Division deadline is January 15, 2019).


The University of California at Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.


Dr. Sora L. Kim

Assistant Professor

Univ. of California Merced

Life and Environmental Sciences