1 PhD or MS graduate assistantship is available under the supervision of Dr. Charles Randklev and Dr. Roel Lopez in the Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The successful applicants with work on 1) developing, implementing, and testing lethal and sublethal temperature/salinity assays to inform environmental flow efforts.
Funding for this project is from US Fish & Wildlife Service and Nation Fish and Wildlife Foundation
A full stipend (grant funded Research Assistantship) for 3 years will be provided. MS Student: ~$32,000/yr (tuition + salary) or PhD Student Salary: ~$35,000/yr (tuition + salary).
Start date: Spring of 2021
Last Date to Apply 10/31/2020
More information about the MS/PhD program in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: https://wfsc.tamu.edu.
More information about mussel research program at NRI-TAMU: https://dallas.tamu.edu/research/mussels/
Required: BS in Biology or related field; previous research experience in aquatic ecology, community ecology (if applying for the life history project) or ecotoxicology (if applying for the thermal/salinity tolerance project); strong aptitude for research, strong analytical and oral and written scientific communication skills, attention to detail, ability to work independently; valid driver’s license; strong swimmer and comfortable in the water/snorkeling; interest in pursuing a career in research; GPA >3.0; GRE scores > 60th percentile (153 verbal and 156 quantitative).
Preferred: research experience with freshwater mussels (unionids); publications in ecotoxicology (if applying for the thermal/salinity tolerance project); MS in Biology or related field if applying for a PhD; SCUBA certified and some dive experience; GPA >3.5; GRE scores >70th percentile (156 verbal and 159 quantitative).
Before applying, please email a single PDF document to BOTH Dr. Randklev (email@example.com) AND Dr. Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org) that contains: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications, experience and background, (2) your CV, (3) GRE scores, (4) GPA and unofficial transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 academic/research references. Feel free to contact us for more information about the graduate programs, our research, and more specifics about the project.