Seeking motivated student for graduate research assistantship (GA) in marine aquaculture at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, through the Department of Coastal Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi. The GA will be funded by a project aimed to address the impacts of multiple stressors on shellfish aquaculture through research and industry partnerships. The research will investigate increasing hatchery production of larval eastern oysters, Crassostrea virginica, in the northern Gulf of Mexico through optimization of carbonate chemistry and salinity in source water.
The student will develop a M.S. thesis project from one or more of the research objectives for this project. The student will be expected to present project results at professional meetings and prepare manuscripts for publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in marine biology, biology, fisheries and aquatic sciences, chemistry, or other related science. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for regular admission into the Coastal Sciences M.S. program. The TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers. Prior experience with one or more of the following may be beneficial, but is not required: recirculating aquaculture, oyster culture, water chemistry, water quality analysis, or familiarity with the off-bottom oyster industry. A willingness and ability to work independently and as a team, often under challenging field and hatchery conditions, is a must. Applicant will be expected to work with faculty, hatchery staff, and industry collaborators.
Prior to application, potential applicants should contact Dr. Reginald Blaylock at the email address below.
Successful application to the Division of Coastal Sciences graduate program requires a faculty sponsor. Therefore, potential applicants will be pre-screened. No one that applies without completing the pre-screening process will be accepted. To be considered as a potential applicant, please send the following, preferably in a single PDF file: cover letter, a current resume or CV, unofficial transcripts, to Dr. Blaylock at the email address below. Screening will begin 1 January 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be required to complete a formal application for admission to USM by 15 May 2022 for Fall 2022 admission. Detailed instructions for the application procedure will be provided to selected applicants.