The goal of this project is to assess the abiotic and biotic similarity between coves that have varying levels of connectivity to the mainstem of Harlan County Reservoir, Nebraska. Seasonal sampling would begin in May 2018 and require working in a variety of environments and weather conditions. Sampling includes fish communities, zooplankton, aquatic vegetation, soil, and water quality. Candidates should have an ecological understanding of aquatic systems and the associated nutrient cycles. The research will be a part of the student’s thesis requirements for a Master’s of Science in Biology.
The student will also be expected to: 1) work closely with state agencies to collect, manage, and analyze data; 2) develop a related side project that may or may not be included in the thesis; 3) earn and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 during the graduate program; 4) meet all other department requirements toward the M.S. program; and 5) present the results of research to relevant audiences in written and oral forms.
Desired skills: Field experience in fisheries (e.g., electrofishing, frame netting) and/or limnology (soil sampling, water quality); good scientific writing skills; experience with data management and statistics
Minimum requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, fisheries science and/or other related programs; a minimum 3.0 GPA earned during the Bachelor’s program; demonstrated teamwork skills
How to apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your interest to this position along with a resume/curriculum vitae to Dr. Melissa Wuellner at email@example.com no later than February 22, 2018.