Grad positions – aquatic ecology


University of South Dakota: The Wesner Lab is recruiting aquatic ecology graduate students to begin in May 2019 (2 positions), or spring 2020 (1 position) in the Department of Biology at USD. Students can apply for either the MS or PhD programs. Details of support for each project differ somewhat, as specified below. In your application, please indicate which project you are most interested in.

Project 1 (STARTING MAY 2019 – FOOD WEBS): This is an NSF funded project to study stage-structured predation and cross-ecosystem subsidies in freshwater food webs, though the specific questions addressed within this framework are flexible. See more about the position here. The position is fully funded for the first two years on an RA with a 12-month stipend of ~$22,000 per year + full tuition and fee waiver, research and travel support. Funding after the first two years would come from a mix of departmental teaching assistantships or from competitive departmental RA’s. Students with broad interests in ecology, fishes, invertebrates, and food webs are especially encouraged to apply. As part of their research, students will have the opportunity to learn Bayesian data analysis in R through coursework and research. Interested students should apply to the Graduate School at USD and should be prepared to submit an application that includes GRE scores, statement of interest, transcripts, three reference letters, and other materials as required by the Graduate School. Informal inquiries about the positions are welcome: Jeff.Wesner@usd.edu.

Project 2 (STARTING MAY 2019 – TILE DRAINS AND WETLANDS): This project is pending likely funding. This project will study how agricultural tile drains impact wetland ecosystems and aquatic-terrestrial linkages. The project is field-intensive and involves sampling water quality, amphibians, and invertebrates from wetlands throughout South Dakota for two years. The position is fully funded for the first two years on an RA with a 12-month stipend of ~$22,000 per year + full tuition and fee waiver, research and travel support. Funding after the first two years would come from a mix of departmental teaching assistantships or from competitive departmental RA’s. Interested students should apply to the Graduate School at USD and should be prepared to submit an application that includes GRE scores, statement of interest, transcripts, three reference letters, and other materials as required by the Graduate School. Informal inquiries about the positions are welcome: Jeff.Wesner@usd.edu.

Project 3 (STARTING SPRING 2020 – FISH CONSERVATION): This project is pending likely funding. This project will study telemetry movement, habitat use, and diet in Blue Suckers and other fishes in the James River, SD. The project is field-intensive. The position is fully funded for 2.5 years through a teaching assistantships in the Fall and Spring and a Research Assistantship in the summer. The TA offers $12,500 (MS) or $13,500 (Ph.D) over 9-months, with a 2/3 tuition waiver. The summer RA is $5,000 per summer. All research and travel support is provided. Funding after the first two years would come from a mix of departmental teaching assistantships or from competitive departmental RA’s. Interested students should apply to the Graduate School at USD and should be prepared to submit an application that includes GRE scores, statement of interest, transcripts, three reference letters, and other materials as required by the Graduate School. Informal inquiries about the positions are welcome: Jeff.Wesner@usd.edu.

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