Two MS assistantships are available in January 2019 to study stream fish ecology at Tennessee Tech University. One position will be focused on the ecological effects of freshwater fish migrations, using buffalo spawning migrations in the Citico Creek system of eastern Tennessee as a model system. Anticipated project objectives include quantification of nutrients contributed to Citico Creek via buffalo excretion, eggs, and carcasses, and comparison of these nutrient inputs with background nutrient levels. The second position will be focused on conservation of the striated darter, a state-listed fish restricted to a narrow range of headwater habitats in the Duck River in central Tennessee. Anticipated project objectives include determination of the striated darter’s current distribution, abundance, and population status, as well as exploration of links between ontogenetic niche shifts and habitat characteristics.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Wildlife, Conservation, or a related discipline with an undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 and GRE scores ≥ 40th percentile. Additionally, a minimum GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 is required. Ideal candidates will possess experience working with freshwater fishes, a commitment to the conservation of freshwater biodiversity, and a positive attitude.
Interested applicants should send the following materials, and any related questions, to Dr. Kit Wheeler at email@example.com: (1) brief cover letter detailing their interest in the position and career goals; (2) resume or CV; (3) unofficial transcripts and GRE scores; (4) contact information for two individuals familiar with their research/academic performance. Applications will be reviewed as received.