Postdoctoral Research Associates

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The ECSC provides a postdoctoral training program where each postdoc entering the program will have skills and interests aligned with one or more ECSC focus area and will have the ability to partner with an appropriate ECSC scientist. Furthermore, to improve communication and collaborative opportunities between NOAA scientists, programs, and ECSC personnel, each postdoc will also be partnered with a NOAA mentor. Within the program, resources are provided for the postdoc to travel to meet with their NOAA mentor, and to conduct collaborative research at appropriate NOAA facilities.


Each postdoc is expected to develop a brief research proposal describing their planned work, which will be reviewed by the ECSC and NOAA staff to assure that the proposed work aligns with NOAA interests and priorities. Furthermore, the postdocs will also contribute to core and field courses, and work with students in the lab and the field on various research projects. Interactions such as these provide opportunities for the postdoc to educate Center students and faculty on their interactions with NOAA scientists and laboratories.

Daniel M. Osborne, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ecological Processes

Dr. Osborne received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Florida State University and throughout his graduate work he focused on the characterization of dissolved organic matter (DOM). His dissertation project studied changes in the DOM bulk properties, such as absorbance, molecular size and fluorescence, of oxidized landfill leachate. He utilized ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry to obtain molecular-level information which was then used to explain the observed changes to the bulk properties. In another project, Dr. Osborne developed mass spectrometric methods for analyzing the dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) portion of DOM. These techniques were applied to south Florida wetland samples to monitor molecular changes to DON from different seasons and sampling sites.



Lori A. Lester, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Ecosystem Characterization/Ecological Processes

Lori A. Lester, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate-Ecosystem Characterization/Ecological Processes Dr. Lori Lester is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Delaware State University. Her areas of specialization are conservation biology and coastal/estuarine ecology. In 2012, she received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) where her dissertation research focused on direct (injury and mortality) and indirect (anthropogenic sound) effects of recreational boats on diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin). She also received a Master of Coastal Environmental Management degree from Duke University (Durham, NC) in 2007. Her current research focuses on the potential impacts of climate change on migratory species such as sea turtles and avifauna that utilize barrier island habitats in Apalachicola, FL.


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