M.Sc. Assistantship in Stream Fish Community Ecology: University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Competitive salary, plus tuition and excellent benefits.
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Last Date to Apply
Anticipated start date: Summer 2021 We are seeking an individual to pursue a M.Sc. in stream fish community ecology. The student will join a collaboration between The Pennsylvania State University, the US Geological Survey’s Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and the National Park Service’s Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network (ERMN). The ERMN includes nine parks located in four states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia and documents long-term change in the ecological integrity of high gradient, wadeable streams by monitoring stream fish communities. These communities were first sampled in 2013 and 2014. The student will be responsible for coordinating and carrying out field work, which includes characterizing stream habitat, fish sampling, and fish identification. The student will develop occupancy models to account for non-detection of species at sites, determine drivers of occupancy patterns, and quantify change in the system since the initial sampling period. The student will be co-advised by Dr. Franny Buderman and Dr. Ty Wagner and be expected to contribute to an inclusive and equitable lab group.
Competitive candidates will be highly motivated and possess a B.S. in Ecology, Fisheries, Zoology, Natural Resources, or related field. Experience with stream sampling techniques and fish identification is preferred, but not essential. Qualified candidates will also demonstrate experience or interest in applying quantitative methods to aquatic systems. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in wildlife and fisheries management and ecology. To apply: Send a single PDF that includes a brief cover letter outlining experience and research interests, curriculum vitae, unofficial university transcripts (a list of relevant coursework and grades is acceptable), and contact information for two references to Dr. Ty Wagner at txw19@psu.edu. Applications will be accepted until February 12th.
Contact Person
Tyler Wagner
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