M.S. Research Assistantship in lake sturgeon olfactory imprinting-Michigan

Agency
Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing, Michigan
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$17,000- 20,000/ year; tuition waiver
Start Date
01/01/2019
Last Date to Apply
10/01/2018
Description
We seek applications for a research assistantship at the Masters level focused on early-life olfactory imprinting in lake sturgeon. The specific objectives of the project are to 1) identify critical life stages during which lake sturgeon imprint to stream odors, 2) determine the extent to which lake sturgeon discriminate streams using learned odors, and 3) assess the role of amino acids as components of stream odor. The project will involve husbandry of lake sturgeon, extensive behavioral experiments and collection/processing of samples for chemical analysis. Field and experimental work will primarily occur at the Black River Sturgeon Hatchery in Onaway, MI, but also require travel to streams throughout the Great Lakes. The selected applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Weiming Li and Kim Scribner.
Qualifications
B.S. in biology, fisheries, or a related field. Strongest applicants will have interest/experience in fish husbandry, behavioral experiments, physiology, data analysis, and scientific writing. To apply: : Send a letter of interest including summary of background and qualifications, a CV (including GRE scores and GPA) to Tyler Buchinger (buching6@msu.edu)
Contact Person
Tyler Buchinger
Contact eMail
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