M.S. Graduate Student Assistantship in Freshwater Ecology: Ruston, LA

Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$1750/month, i.e., $21,000 per year
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
This is a NSF- funded project to examine the relationship between the input of leaf litter on the colonization of ponds by aquatic insects. The two projects include 1) assessing the trophic level and diet of aquatic insects, primarily beetles, using stable isotopes, and 2) the use of pond mesocosms to act as colonization and oviposition sites. Leaf litter treatments will include mixtures of leaves, as a strong focus of the project will be on biodiversity. There may be opportunities to ask additional ecological questions using data collected on particular species of insects or treefrogs, and multiple studies are planned for this project, so the selected student will have the freedom to choose which they find most interesting for their thesis but will assist with the other project.
Desirable skills for this position include: aquatic insect identification, use of a dichotomous key, tree identification, use of water quality meters, an understanding of biodiversity metrics, and coding in R, though all of these can be learned during graduate school. The student needs to be detail-oriented and have a good attitude and patience, as weighing out leaves and sorting and identifying insects can be tedious. Other student responsibilities include entering and analyzing data, presenting results at scientific meetings, writing scientific manuscripts, outreach to the public, and interacting well with a diverse group of people. Students need to have a B.S. in Biology, Wildlife, Environmental Science, Entomology, or other related field by the start date. The assistantship provides support of ($1750/month, i.e., $21,000 per year) and includes funds to cover all tuition and fees. Preference will be given to applicants from groups underrepresented in STEM; please indicate in your application. To apply, please email an application as a single pdf including a cover letter explaining your interest in the project and long-term goals, a CV (including GPA and relevant coursework), and the names and contact information for 3 references. Submit applications by email. Application review will begin by October 5, 2022 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found.
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Julia E. Earl
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