The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University is recruiting a M.S. student to begin in Fall 2021 to study impacts of environmental changes on fish ecology and food webs in WV and Northeast region. Research topics could include studying impacts of climate change on aquatic biodiversity and watersheds; and evaluating the effects of dam removal on aquatic systems, biodiversity and food web dynamics. The work will entail field work and the use of a combination of quantitative techniques. The student will also work closely with state and federal agencies to organize datasets and to interpret results in a management context. Funding will be supplied through a teaching assistantship with summer support provided by a research assistantship. Review of applications will begin on April 5 and will continue until the position is filled.
Interested students are encouraged to email the following as a single pdf document directly to Carol Arantes at firstname.lastname@example.org: 1) a brief cover letter describing their professional background, relevant research experience and interests, career goals, and reasons for seeking a MS degree, 2) a current curriculum vitae/resume, 3) names and contact information for three references, and 4) an unofficial copy of transcripts and GRE scores (if you have been able to take them). Do not submit materials to the WVU Graduate School at this time.
Information on the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design: https://www.davis.wvu.edu/
Information on the Wildlife and Fisheries graduate program are here: https://www.davis.wvu.edu/future-students/graduate/masters-programs/wildlife-and-fisheries-resources
Information on Dr. Arantes (lab page under development): https://www.davis.wvu.edu/faculty-staff/directory/carol-arantes
B.S. in ecology, fisheries, zoology, biology, aquatic sciences, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required. Candidates with demonstrated written and oral communication, analytical skills, strong academic credentials, and ability to work independently and in a team are preferred. Fieldwork experience in fisheries and aquatic sciences and competence in basic statistical and GIS analyses are highly desired.