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M.S. Student — Wetlands Restoration Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – Louisiana
Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, OR/ LSU Baton Rouge, LA
$25,000 / yr + tuition waiver
Last Date to Apply
Malheur Lake lies within the Great Basin of Eastern Oregon south of Burns, Oregon. The lake can vary dramatically in size depending on climate and since the 1980s has been as small as 200 acres and as large as 160 square miles. For some period prior to the 1980s, dense emergent and submergent vegetation were common on the lake. However, following extremely high water levels in the 1980s, emergent and submergent vegetation are relatively sparse. Carp, climate, ice, nutrients, and wind are among the factors that may be affecting revegetation. An M.S. student is needed to evaluate factors affecting vegetation establishment on the lake and to test revegetation techniques. In addition, the student would participate on an interdisciplinary team addressing broader issues related to lake restoration.
The student would spend a several weeks to a couple of months in Baton Rouge this winter/spring before going to Malheur during spring to begin their first of two field seasons. The student will be housed on the refuge. Eastern Oregon has spectacular scenery including Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Steen Mountains, and Lake Abert.
Minimum Requirements: A B.S. in wildlife, fisheries, biology, ecology or related field. Ability to work constructively in a team environment.
Preferred Attributes: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest and experience in wetland systems. Experience with boats and airboats is a plus. The student will work in cold (part of the year), windy, and wet environments.
Please send a copy of your CV, transcripts, GRE scores (unofficial transcripts and scores are fine for now), names and contact information for three references to: Dr. Sammy King; email@example.com. Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and your career goals. Review of applications will begin 4 November and will continue until the position is filled. Note: Start date has some minor (few weeks) flexibility.