MS graduate assistant in fish ecology

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$18,000 plus opportunity for summer funding
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Last Date to Apply
In conjunction with the Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI) at University of Dayton, I am recruiting a highly-motivated masters student to work in the Hellmann lab in the Department of Biology ( Start date is August 2023. The position is fully-funded through participation with HSI programming, and includes a stipend, full tuition waiver, and health insurance (see for more details). The student will be expected to develop an independent research project to sample existing references sites in the nearby area to measure the diversity of fish assemblages as well as traits that reflect chronic stress in those populations. These markers of stress are critical to predicting which populations might be showing early signs of declining watershed health, and we can link these markers of stress to current knowledge about each reference site to predict factors that are associated with healthy biological communities. The student would gain experience with field work, processing samples in the lab, and working with community partners at the City of Dayton and at the Department of Natural Resources. I welcome applicants from under-represented groups in STEM (including first-generation students) to apply. We are committed to creating a welcoming lab environment that promotes equality and inclusion for everyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other forms of both visible and less visible diversity (see for more details about our group). UD is the one of the largest private universities in Ohio, and is award winning for both academic programs and scholarship. Enrollment is ~8500 undergraduates, with ~2500 graduate students. To begin the application process, please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and an unofficial transcript to Dr. Jennifer Hellmann ( Informal review of candidates will begin immediately. Formal applications are due January 31; students must submit applications both to HSI and a home department (Biology preferred). Note that the GRE is not required for admission for the 2022-2023 application cycle.
The prospective student should be excited to work with fishes and possess enthusiasm for laboratory and/or field work, strong communication skills, and attention to detail. Prior research experience in ecology, evolution, behavior, or ichthyology is preferred, but not required.
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Jennifer Hellmann
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