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

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.


Coastal and Marine Fellowship Opportunities: 


St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (St. Petersburg, FL) 


Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (Santa Cruz, CA) 


Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (Woods Hole, MA) 




How to apply

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2022. 

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



Some of our past Mendenhalls:

A close up of a smiling dark-haired man in a red shirt and yellow hard hat stands with a research vessel on the sea behind him
Ferdinand Oberle about to embark on the German research vessel Meteor for a study of seafloor sediment off the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula.
A diver operates an underwater coral core drill, drilling into a coral reef.
USGS scientist Lauren Toth operates an underwater coral core drill offshore Florida.
A man in jeans with a red backpack writes in a notebook on a mostly bare grey hillside
Matt Malkowski mapping Cretaceous deep-water landslide deposits in the southern Patagonian Andes.


About the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program:

The goals of the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program are to:  

  • 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.  

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