M.S. Assistantship – Chinook salmon in the Eel River (Wiya’t), California

Cal Poly Humboldt
Arcata, CA
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Graduate Assistantships
Tuition + $17k/yr
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Last Date to Apply
One MS assistantship is available to support research on threatened Chinook Salmon in the Eel River. Large-scale habitat restoration efforts intended to promote recovery of listed salmon have been implemented in the Eel River (Wiya’t) estuary, but little is known about Chinook salmon response to these efforts. This student will study the distribution and habitat use of Chinook salmon in this system using field sampling and habitat assessment. This is a collaborative project with scientists and technicians from the Wiyot Tribe. Funding for this project is provided through a University of California Office of the President Climate Action Seed Grant; the selected student will be one of a cohort of five MS students working on marine and estuarine fisheries issues with North Coast California Tribes. Duties will include: Work with collaborators to develop and implement sampling protocols for juvenile Chinook salmon in the study area- including seining, trapping, and visual surveys Collect and synthesize habitat data throughout the estuary Summarize and analyze data on Chinook presence/absence in relation to habitat features Be an enthusiastic ambassador of the project with collaborating organizations and the larger fishing community Participate in training and Knowledge Exchange Events with cooperators and personnel from Tribes Assist Wiyot Tribe personnel with additional projects as needed Work with faculty mentors to develop a comprehensive thesis project using new and existing data. Write a thesis with the goal of publishing at least one peer-reviewed research article
B.S. in fisheries, natural resources, marine biology, biology, ecology, or related field Strong writing and communication skills Highly motivated and independent, with strong work ethic Experience working on small vessels or capturing and handling sturgeon or similar large fish Experience with deploying telemetry devices or analyzing telemetry data Ability and motivation to engage with tribal cooperators or other historically excluded communities and maintain productive working relationships We strongly encourage you to apply if you are from a marginalized or historically excluded group, particularly in fisheries biology. The selected student will enroll in the Natural Resources graduate program at Cal Poly Humboldt and work to obtain their M.S. degree within the Fisheries Biology Department. The student would ideally start on or before January 1, 2023. The student is expected to receive at least $17,000/year + tuition. The student will be advised by Darren Ward and Jose Marin Jarrin, both of whom are faculty in the Department of Fisheries Biology. Please email a cover letter, resume or CV, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and contact information of 3 references to Darren Ward (dw193@humboldt.edu).
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Darren Ward
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