M.S. Assistantship in Fisheries Ecology and Conservation in the Amazon
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
A qualified and motivated candidate is sought to investigate hydrological influences on the dynamics of commercially important fish populations in the Amazon Basin. The selected candidate will design and conduct a catch data analysis plan to investigate the following two main research questions: (1) how natural fluctuations in river water levels affect the population dynamics and associated fishery yields of a chosen species (e.g., Prochilodus nigricans, Colossoma macropomum); and (2) how water level fluctuations altered by climate change and constructions of dams impact fishery yields and associated food security. The candidate will collaborate with project participants in Brazil, and prepare scientific reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals. This project is part of a larger, multidisciplinary research grant awarded by NASA. More information http://fishwild.vt.edu/faculty/castello.htm
Applicants must have: (i) a B.S. in ecology, fisheries, or related field; (ii) strong record of involvement in research; and (iii) strong quantitative skills. Experience in the peer-reviewed publication process is desired.
The selected candidate will have full tuition, stipend (2-yr Research Assistantship), and subsidized health insurance.
Anticipated start is August 2014. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Only pre-selected applicants will be contacted.
TO APPLY: Send an email to email@example.com containing: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, (overall) GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for three references. The letter of interest must address your general research interests, why you are interested in this particular position, and what qualifications you have for successfully completing this project. Selected applicants will need to apply to the Virginia Tech Graduate School before final acceptance (http://fishwild.vt.edu/pros_graduate.htm).
MS Assistantship in Larval Ecology of Darters
Graduate Research Assistantship
Responsibilities: Work with advisor to design and conduct studies of the larval ecology of darters (Percidae) in Roanoke River, with emphasis on the endangered Roanoke logperch (Percina rex). Assist advisor and other graduate students in ongoing field studies of darter population ecology and conservation. Conduct data analyses, write reports, and prepare scientific manuscripts related to the studies mentioned above. Complete relevant coursework.
Qualifications: BS in fisheries, ecology, or related discipline, with riverine and conservation perspectives; working knowledge of and field experience with streams, fishes, and their ecology in the eastern US; demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team; experience with microscope-based laboratory work; strong writing, speaking, and statistical skills.
Salary: $20,500-22,000/year plus tuition.
Starting date: August 2014.
Contact: Send letter of interest, resume, GRE scores, and names of three references to:
M.S. Assistantship in Fisheries Population Dynamics and Conservation
Agency/State: Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA