The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University is recruiting a Ph.D. or Master student to begin in Fall 2021 to work on a project aiming to understand impacts of environmental changes on fish ecology and fisheries in the Amazon. Research topics could include investigating impacts of multiple stressors on aquatic food webs, biodiversity, and fishery yields in multiple scales. Methods will involve a combination of quantitative techniques. The work may entail field work that requires travel to the Amazon. The student will also work closely with a transdisciplinary team to interpret results in a management context. Funding for three years will be provided through a research assistantship.
Interested students are encouraged to email the following as a single pdf document directly to Carol Arantes at firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a MS/Ph.D. degree, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact information for three references, and 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores (if you have been able to take them). Do not submit materials to the WVU Graduate School at this time.
Information on the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design: https://www.davis.wvu.edu/
Information on the Wildlife and Fisheries graduate program are here: https://www.davis.wvu.edu/future-students/graduate/masters-programs/wildlife-and-fisheries-resources
Information on Dr. Arantes (lab page under development): https://www.davis.wvu.edu/faculty-staff/directory/carol-arantes
An B.S. or M.S. degree* in ecology, fisheries, zoology, biology, environmental studies, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication, analytical skills, strong academic credentials, and ability to work independently and in a team are preferred. Competence in statistical and basic GIS analyses are highly desired.
*Students with B.S. degrees and extensive research experience can be considered for the PhD position.