Graduate student position/s available for motivated full-time students wishing to pursue a Master of Science degree and/or Ph.D. with Dr. Anna Monfils in the Institute for Great Lakes Research and Department of Biology at Central Michigan University (CMU).
Beginning Spring 2021
The successful candidates/s will work with national and international partners to design, implement, and assess habitat management in prairie fens with the goal of maintaining and growing populations of Poweshiek skipperling. Research conducted will contribute to a larger collaborative effort to design and implement a habitat level adaptive management strategy for the at-risk prairie fen communities and federally listed Poweshiek skipperling butterfly.
The project is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Accepted students will work in close collaboration with partners at Michigan State University Extension - Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and USFWS and be an active participant in the Poweshiek Skipperling Habitat Monitoring Team
A YouTube Video highlighting some work conducted by the CMU Prairie Fen Research Team:
Information about the MS program in Biology at CMU:
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The successful MS or Ph.D. applicant must have a Bachelor of Science in biology, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to work safely and comfortably in prairie fen systems. Preference will be given to applicants with experience conducting fieldwork with wetland plants and evidence of strong computational, statistical, and data skills. Competitive applicants must exhibit a strong work ethic, the ability to work collaboratively with a team (and independently), and a commitment to working as a team; Students on this project will be required to communicate science with a variety of stakeholders and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Interested parties should contact Dr. Anna Monfils via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note in the email you are applying for the Prairie Fen Position and provide a single PDF including a statement of interest, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and contact information for three professional references.
Anna Monfils, PhD
Professor and Director, Central Michigan University Herbarium
Department of Biology
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI USA
Web Address: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/biology/fac_staff/Pages/Anna-K.-Monfils.aspx