We seek an ecologist specializing in aquatic vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, as well as water resources whose research will combine a mix of observational, experimental and/or molecular approaches including advances in spatial and statistical modeling to address applied questions in aquatic ecology and impacts of agricultural land-use on aquatic ecosystems. We encourage applicants with expertise in the management of populations and monitoring, habitat use and animal movement, and those who integrate their work into the broader aquatic ecosystem context.
The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive, externally-funded, and nationally/internationally recognized research program, effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching within the Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture program. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, ichthyology, limnology, management of aquatic ecosystems, etc. Graduate level courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs may also be developed. Many courses in the department have a strong field component.
Potential areas of research opportunity and need include ecology of river and stream ecosystems, restoration of aquatic systems, management of invasive species, monitoring and conservation of threatened and endangered aquatic organisms, environmental toxicology, community ecology and use of eDNA for aquatic monitoring and surveys. The southeastern US is a place of unparalleled aquatic biodiversity and has some of the richest aquatic fauna of any temperate area in the world; unfortunately it is also one of the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet. Potential conservation focal areas within the state and region include threatened sturgeon, hellbenders, freshwater mussels, darter species, crayfish, alligator snapping turtle, aquatic pitcher plants, sea turtles and various marine mammal species, to name a few.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. with expertise in aquatic ecology and/or related discipline. Excellence in teaching, communication and organizational skills, procurement of extramural funds to accomplish research, facilitation of graduate students, publication of peer-reviewed and refereed publications, and a commitment to service are expected. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse science disciplines, various stakeholder groups and work closely with federal and state resource agencies to support long-term partnerships.
PREFERED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working on river/stream systems, postdoctoral or agency research experience, and mentoring and teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates whose research naturally crosses disciplinary lines and may address questions of relevance to state and regional agencies.