We are seeking several highly motivated MS students to join our research group in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) at the University of Illinois. We anticipate graduate opportunities for a number of different research projects that include: (1) quantifying the role of fishing on shaping fish populations, (2) developing strategies to stop the spread of Asian carp, and (3) understanding how terrestrial restoration activities are influencing fish populations in streams. Work will consist of both laboratory experiments and field studies. Projects will be conducted in collaboration with a number of state and federal partners, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey, and Illinois DNR. Results will inform policy on conservation practices to enhance and protect freshwater fisheries.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a BS degree in biology, ecology, fisheries or other related discipline. Preferred qualifications include strong quantitative and analytical skills, a record of research productivity, competitive GPA/GRE scores (> 70% percentile on GRE). Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to both work independently and contribute to a research team, will also be beneficial.
Preferred Experience: Experience with fish handling, fish care in a laboratory setting, or fisheries techniques would be preferred. Experience performing research, conducting statistical analyses and scientific writing would be an asset. For individuals interested in projects related to how restoration influences fish populations, experience with GIS or spatial analyses would be beneficial.
Start date will be July/August 2018, though some flexibility in start date may be possible.
If interested, please send email to Dr. Cory Suski (email@example.com) by December 12, 2018 with the following: CV, GRE scores (unofficial are sufficient), transcripts (unofficial are sufficient), statement of interest, and contact information for three references.