The crayfish industry in Louisiana is the largest in the United States and the crayfish fishery is the largest commercial fishery in the state. Over 90% of the wild crayfish harvest in Louisiana comes from the Atchafalaya River Basin (ARB) in south-central Louisiana. However, there have not been extensive stock assessments for the ARB crayfish fishery. The successful applicant will conduct a two-year research project to obtain a stock assessment of ARB crayfish and examine crayfish population characteristics and percent of ovigerous females in the ARB. The student will work with The Nature Conservancy and a local crayfish processor to collect crayfish harvest and population data. Additionally, the student will work with research partners and participate in various project communication and reporting activities.
The assistantship begins in January 2018 and the project is scheduled to begin immediately. The M.S. stipend will be $13,000/year and include tuition and out-of-state fee waivers.
Qualified applicants will have a B.S. in biological sciences or related field, a minimum 3.0 GPA and 300 GRE, the ability to work independently, demonstrated oral and written communication skills, and possess a valid driver’s license.
Interested students should email Dr. Chris Bonvillain (email@example.com) with a letter of interest, CV, GPA and GRE scores, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.