Research will involve developing models of white bass recruitment in Lake McConaughy, Nebraska. Models will include historical and new field collections of stock contribution from hatchery and naturally produced white bass and environmental variables (e.g., reservoir characteristics, water quality, zooplankton density, etc.). Student may also explore development of a standardized sampling protocol to index year-class strength and/or evaluate the influence of various harvest strategies on white bass population dynamics.
Additionally, student will coordinate collaborative project between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, maintain quality control of database, conduct analyses, and assist with writing annual progress reports and other routine duties as needed. Completion of the project will serve as partial fulfillment of the requirements for a MS degree from UNK. Other requirements include satisfactory completion of coursework and submission of manuscripts for publication.
Student will be supported on a 9-month teaching assistantship, instructing introductory biology labs for non-biology majors during the academic year and supported as a full-time hourly employee during the summer months while working on research.
B.S. in fisheries or wildlife science/management, population ecology, environmental science, or related field. Experience in fisheries field work and analysis is desirable but not required. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication skills, analytical skills, and strong academic credentials are preferred. Applicant must be self-motivated, demonstrate a strong work ethic, and be capable and willing to work long hours to complete all aspects of the research.
Send application (cover letter, résumé/CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and contact information of 3 references) electronically to Dr. Melissa Wuellner, Department of Biology, UNK, email@example.com. Finalists moving to the next step will be notified and will receive a writing prompt that will be due within a short window of time (3 days from the date of notification).