The O’Dowd lab (https://environment.humboldt.edu/people/alison-odowd) at Humboldt State University seeks applications for a highly motivated student interested in pursuing graduate studies in the Environmental Science & Management option of the Natural Resources Masters Program (http://www2.humboldt.edu/environment/programs/graduate-programs). Students with an interest in benthic macroinvertebrates, food webs, and the impacts of dam releases on food resources for juvenile salmonids are particularly encouraged to apply.
• Graduate student in-state tuition paid for 4 semesters while working on project.
• Hourly wages for time spent working on project
• Project-related expenses (travel to field sites, equipment, etc.) will be covered
• Teaching assistantships are also available, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver (for California residents)
The study objectives of this Masters thesis research are to quantify benthic macroinvertebrate drift forage densities and community assemblages in the Trinity River downstream of Lewiston Dam. The student will conduct drift sampling over the duration of pulse flow releases and benthic samples located in ephemerally/seasonally wetted habitat sites with a range of inundation duration, in order to evaluate the hypothesis that flow management with variability in magnitude will increase the availability of drift forage for juvenile salmonids.
Strong applicants will have:
- An undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Fisheries, Ecology or related field
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above in all undergraduate coursework
- Strong GRE scores (or planning to take the GRE soon)
- University-level courses in ecology, fisheries, aquatic ecology and/or statistics
- Demonstrated experience working in rivers and with associated field equipment
- Ability to deal with adverse weather conditions (cold and wet) and long field days
- Ability to drive regularly from Arcata to Weaverville area field sites (~195 miles round trip)
- An interest in publishing research findings in a scientific journal
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, send (as a single PDF) to Alison.ODowd@humboldt.edu:
(1) A brief letter of interest including background and research interests. Include which U.S. state you are a resident of. Describe specific experience:
a. Conducting field work in rivers
b. Sorting and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates
(2) A resume/CV (including GPA)
(3) Transcripts (unofficial is fine)
(4) The names and contact information for three references
Priority application deadline is January 15, 2018, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a student is selected for the position. After initial screening, the student will be asked to submit a formal application through CalState apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate).
Humboldt State University (HSU) is a comprehensive public university with world-class graduate programs in natural resource management, located on the North Coast of California; with access to mountains, beaches, and the largest old growth redwood forests in the world all nearby. Visit http://www.humboldt.edu/ for more information.
Women and applicants from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.