Four Teaching Assistantships – M.S. Marine and Environmental Biology -Louisiana

Agency
Nicholls State University
Location
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$4800/semester plus tuition waiver
Start Date
08/11/2021
Last Date to Apply
03/31/2021
Website
https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/
Description
Four Teaching Assistantships (in the labs of Dr. Clay, Dr. David, Dr. Whitaker, and Dr. Zou) will be available for the Fall 2021 semester for the Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology program at Nicholls State University. Teaching Assistantships include tuition wavier and stipend of $4800 a semester. For more information about the program visit https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/. Admission requirements include: • A graduate faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences agrees to serve as major professor (mentor agreement form in the departmental application packet) • B.S. degree in science curriculum • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 • Combined GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 300 Application procedure includes an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/), and cover letter, CV, official GRE scores and academic transcripts, and departmental application package (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application). Deadline for applying is March 31, 2021. Applicants should contact the graduate faculty listed below about research opportunities. After contacting the graduate faculty listed below, application materials and questions regarding the program should be sent (email is preferred) to Dr. Chris Bonvillain, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 2021, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310, 985-449-7116, chris.bonvillain@nicholls.edu. See Research Labs (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/) for more information on faculty research interests. Research projects associated with the positions are listed below: Dr. Tim Clay (tim.clay@nicholls.edu): The Clay Ectotherm Lab at Nicholls State University is seeking a MS student interested in turtle life history and physiology for Fall 2021. Funded research will involve working with Diamondback Terrapin and will focus on nesting success on barrier islands, interactions between blue crab fisheries and terrapin populations, and continuation of a mark-recapture study. In addition to terrapin work, this student will have the opportunity to work with a long-term mark-recapture study with box turtle. This position will also come with a summer and winter salary ($9000 total) to supplement the teaching assistant salary. Dr. Solomon David (solomon.david@nicholls.edu): GarLab: The successful applicant will conduct research with field and laboratory components examining floodplain ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes, with particular focus on gars (Lepisosteidae). Projects will include multiple field techniques including mark-recapture, gillnetting, and electrofishing. Lab components include stable isotope analysis, life history analyses, and morphometrics. A science communication component will also be incorporated into the research projects. The applicant should have field experience working in aquatic ecosystems; previous experience working with fishes is highly desirable. A valid driver’s license is required. Position includes additional winter ($1000) and summer ($3000) stipends. Dr. Justine Whitaker (justine.whitaker@nicholls.edu): Approval and enrollment for this position are subject to academic approval. The student will become part of the Ecological and Conservation Genomics lab (P.I. Dr. Justine Whitaker) in the Department of Biological Sciences and will work closely with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. The successful applicant will conduct a 2-year project characterizing the diet of rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) at Northern Gulf of Mexico stopover feeding sites (e.g. Grand Isle, Louisiana). Molecular methods will be used to identify prey species from fecal samples. We seek a student with a B.S. in biology or a related field, with interest in ornithology and/or coastal ecology. Ideal candidates will have previous field experience (preferably with birds) and knowledge in molecular biology (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, etc.). Additionally, experience with bioinformatics is an asset, but not required. A valid driver’s license is required. In addition to the TA stipend, the student will receive $3,000 for summer pay. Dr. Enmin Zou (em.zou@nicholls.edu): An MS graduate position is available in Dr. Enmin Zou's Aquatic Toxicology/Comparative Physiology lab to investigate aquatic invertebrate endocrine disruption with an emphasis on mechanisms for disruption of crustacean molting by environmental chemicals. Recently, our focus has been on flame retardants and heavy metals using the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, as the model crustacean. The student will be trained in a variety of field and lab techniques, such as crabbing, quantitative real-time PCR, tissue culture, enzymatic assay, metal analysis, etc. For details about Dr. Zou's research, please visit: https://labs.nicholls.edu/biol-ez/. If interested, please contact Dr. Zou via em.zou@nicholls.edu or 985-448-4711.
Qualifications
Admission requirements include: • A graduate faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences agrees to serve as major professor (mentor agreement form in the departmental application packet) • B.S. degree in science curriculum • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 • Combined GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 300 Application procedure includes an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/), and cover letter, CV, official GRE scores and academic transcripts, and departmental application package (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application). Deadline for applying is March 31, 2021. Applicants should contact the graduate faculty listed below about research opportunities. After contacting the graduate faculty listed below, application materials and questions regarding the program should be sent (email is preferred) to Dr. Chris Bonvillain, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 2021, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310, 985-449-7116, chris.bonvillain@nicholls.edu. See Research Labs (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/) for more information on faculty research interests. Research projects associated with the positions are listed below:
Contact Person
Dr. Chris Bonvillain
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