I am seeking a highly motivated graduate student (MS or PhD) interested in pursuing research on ecology and conservation of stream biota. Research questions that the student will pursue are flexible but should fall within one of two areas: 1) Effects of aquatic connectivity on the distribution and abundance of stream associated species; or 2) Effects of aquatic habitat quality on animal physiology and movement. Focal species could include invertebrates or vertebrates, depending on student interests and the nature of research questions.
The student will be based in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. Clemson University is the largest public land grant university in the state of South Carolina and was recently designated a RI institution. Clemson is a small town located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains and along the shores of Lake Hartwell, roughly 2 h. from Atlanta, 1.5 h. from Asheville, NC and 45 min. from Greenville, SC. Campus is surrounded by the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest, providing abundant opportunities for recreation, research and education. Support for the student will include a stipend and full tuition waiver based on a combination of graduate research and teaching assistantships. The anticipated start date is Fall 2018; though a start date as early as Spring 2018 may be possible.
Applicants must have completed a B.S. (for MS assistantship) or M.S. (for PhD assistantship) in wildlife biology, ecology, natural resources or a related field prior to the start date. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Preference will be given to individuals with at least 3 months of field experience working in stream systems, an excellent academic record, and a demonstrated publication record (particularly for applicants at the PhD level).
How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should email a single PDF (.pdf) document that includes:
• A 1 pg. cover letter highlighting the position you are applying for (MS or PhD), your research interests, qualifications and future goals
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes unofficial GRE scores
• Unofficial transcripts
• Complete contact information for 3 professional references
to Dr. Cathy Bodinof Jachowski at email@example.com. Use “MS Assistantship” or “PhD Assistantship” in the subject line of the email to indicate the position you are applying for. The deadline for applications is 8 December 2017, however applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.