Excellent opportunities exist for new graduate students interested in freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecology. Multiple projects have already started or will begin immediately. These include: 1) statewide evaluation of the condition of freshwater lakes and reservoirs, 2) studies on the influence of freshwater inflow on estuarine biota and water quality, 3) ecology of estuarine and freshwater fishes, oyster reefs, submerged aquatic vegetation and bivalves. Individuals will be responsible for conducting applied research projects under direction of a graduate advisor in coastal and/or river, stream and reservoirs in Texas. Student will be responsible for learning and operating various field and laboratory equipment such as: aquatic biotelemetry, ADCP meters, side scan sonar, aerial drones, electrofishing gear, nets and boats. Student will work with interdisciplinary team of scientists and fellow graduate students in sometimes remote locations. Campus is located in beautiful natural area adjacent to NASA and the Armand Bayou Nature Center, 5 minutes from Galveston Bay and Clear Lake and 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Recruiting for RA starting immediately. Funding available to support several M.S. students. Possibility of starting prior to August 2017 as paid intern if accepted for fall 2017 semester.
* Graduation from recognized accredited university with a B.S. degree in an appropriate field depending on research interest (e.g. fisheries, wildlife science, herpetology, aquatic/marine biology) with excellent academic credentials and letters of reference
* Acceptance into graduate school in the Environmental Science Program at UHCL (M.S. Thesis Option)
* Ability to carry out strenuous field work.
* Contact Dr. Guillen @ email address to receive application information
* Depending on project: previous experience using boats, sampling gear, and taxonomic skills (e.g. plants, fish or aquatic invertebrates) a plus.
* Academic commitment to work on project fulltime and timely completion of project.