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The U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program is seeking candidates for several Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunities.

Mendenhall opportunities for this year are now closed. Please check the USGS Mendenhall research opportunities page for updates. 


These opportunities are available across the three USGS Coastal and Marine Science Centers in Santa Cruz, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Mendenhall postdoctoral researchers will conduct fundamental research, guide and improve hazard assessment capabilities, and advance knowledge of natural and human-driven physical processes in coastal and marine environments to meet the needs of stakeholders across the Nation.  

Learn more about the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program.  

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Research Advisor(s) early in the application process to discuss project ideas. General inquiries can be sent to the Mendenhall Program email box: See links below for specific descriptions and required qualifications for each position.  


Photograph of Sara Zeigler
Sara Zeigler, past Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow, is now a USGS Research Geographer studying landscape ecology and population biology of piping plovers. 



How to apply 

For a list of all available opportunities, visit our Mendenhall research opportunities page


Two scientists operate a motorized cylindrical object as it penetrates a sandy marsh environment
Dan Ciarletta, Mendenhall fellow (right) working alongside Geologist Julie Bernier (left) to collect a sediment core on Mullet Key in Pinellas County, Florida. The core will be used to reconstruct the geologic history of the island.
A smiling woman holds onto a sediment core.
USGS Mendenhall postdoc, Nora Nieminski showing some love for a trigger core recovered from the Cascadia subduction zone.



The goal of the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program is to achieve the following across the spectrum of coastal and marine settings: 

  • Provide scientifically based, timely, and credible information that enables effective preparation for and response to natural hazards. 

  • Conduct research and develop science-based tools that inform sustainable use and management of natural resources. 

  • Serve diverse stakeholders, including Federal, Tribal, State, and local regulatory and management authorities; the public; and the scientific community. 

  • Measure and forecast short- and long-term changes of coastal and oceanic environments. 

  • Identify and fill scientific knowledge gaps to empower predictions of the response of coastal and ocean environments to natural processes and human activities. 


Cover photo: USGS scientists on the back deck of the M/V Bold Horizon in San Francisco Bay: (back row: left to right) Brandon Nasr, Danny Brothers [past Mendenhall], Travis Alonghi [UCSC Student], Gerry Hatcher, Jenna Hill, Pete Dal Ferro; (front row: left to right) USGS scientists Janet Watt, Nora Nieminski [Mendenhall], and Jenny McKee. October 14, 2019. 


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