MS and PhD Assistantships in Aquatic Ecology/Invasive Fish Ecology: South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Last Date to Apply
We seek two graduate students (one M.S. student and one Ph.D. student) beginning January or May 2024 (flexible start date) that will lead research projects in aquatic ecology, fish ecology and management, and invasion biology. One research project will evaluate the potential for invasive fish to spread when flood conditions connect invaded and uninvaded habitats, and to assess how climate change could affect habitat connectivity and invasive species range expansion. Another project will investigate invasive fish habitat use, their ecological effects, and effectiveness of management and control actions. Students are also expected to develop additional research questions of interest to the student and our lab. Students will publish their results in peer reviewed journals, present at conferences, complete required coursework, and work closely with university, state, and federal agency collaborators. The selected applicants will receive a stipend and tuition waiver and will be within the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University. To Apply: Please submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, 2) CV or resume, 3) unofficial transcripts, 4) a writing sample, and 5) a list of three references and their contact information. Please specify in your cover letter the graduate level to which you are applying (M.S. or Ph.D.) and why you are interested in the position. Application materials should be combined into a single pdf and emailed to Dr. David Coulter ( with the subject line: Application for Invasive Fish Graduate Position. For full consideration, apply by 10/15/23.
Required: Minimum GPA of 3.0, B.S. in Ecology, Natural Resources, Fisheries, or related field (completed by start date). Preferred but not required: Research experience (from a job, internship, or undergraduate research) including any of the following – scientific writing, experimental design, data analysis, conference presentations. Strong written and quantitative skills are desired. GRE scores are not required. Those from underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.
Contact Person
Dr. David Coulter
Contact eMail
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