M.S. Assistantship – Fish Ecology and Management – Utah

Agency
Dept. of Watershed Sciences and The Ecology Center, Utah State University
Location
Logan, Utah
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$1,596 per month stipend, plus tuition, fees and health insurance (total award ~$28,000/year)
Start Date
07/15/2021
Last Date to Apply
05/21/2021
Description
The Walsworth Lab at Utah State University is recruiting a talented MS student to begin in Fall 2021. Our research focuses broadly on how aquatic ecosystems respond to environmental changes and management efforts. This study will examine the distribution of juvenile individuals of a prolific invasive fish species currently subject to population control efforts, as well as their susceptibility to alternative removal gears, to support a large-scale ecosystem restoration effort. Invasive species represent significant threats to the conservation and recovery of native fishes globally and are thus frequently the targets of extensive control efforts. However, even when control efforts are successful at substantially reducing biomass of established invasive species, they often struggle to impact small size classes, leaving a pool of individuals to rebuild the population. Characterizing the spatio-temporal distribution of juvenile invasive fishes and the gears most effective at targeting them will be highly valuable to managers attempting to efficiently control invasive populations. This project will combine field sampling on a large Intermountain West lake, laboratory sample processing, statistical analysis, and modeling of fishery dynamics. The results will improve our understanding invasive species ecology, as well as directly inform future management decisions aimed at the recovery of a threatened endemic fish species and restoration of its degraded native ecosystem. The successful applicant will be based out of the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University in Logan, UT. Logan is a small college town located at the base of the Bear River Range and the Cache National Forest, offering a diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as being within a short drive of Salt Lake City and its many amenities. Please e-mail a letter of interest, CV, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Timothy Walsworth, e-mail: timothy.walsworth@usu.edu, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, 5210 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
Qualifications
B.S. in fisheries, ecology, or a related field and a minimum 3.2 GPA. A good work ethic, writing, organizational and data management skills are required, as well as the ability to maintain positive working relationships with members of the lab, department, and stakeholder groups. A willingness to work in the field, often in boats, in challenging conditions (heat, cold, wind, rain, snow) is required.
Contact Person
Timothy Walsworth
Contact Phone
4357970874
Contact eMail
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