MS Position in Fish Conservation – Ft. Collins, Colorado

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
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The Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University is seeking applicants for a Masters position in fish disease ecology and conservation. The student would work on a collaborative project funded by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to study effects of whirling disease on populations of native cutthroat trout. The position would involve field work, laboratory sample processing, and laboratory experiments. Field work would focus on sampling wild trout for whirling disease and assessing disease risk using field caging studies. Experimental work would involve raising trout in the laboratory to evaluate survival and pathology from whirling disease. Laboratory work would primarily involve sample processing of fish and water samples to quantify levels of myxozoans that cause whirling disease.
The ideal candidate will be able to excel at both laboratory and field work and have strong interest in developing skills in writing and quantitative analyses. Experience with stream ecology or fisheries field work (e.g., electrofishing) and with molecular biology (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR) is desired, but students with relevant experience from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The position will be funded to include a combination of TA and RA support, tuition remission, and health benefits. The incoming student would be advised by Dr. Dana Winkelman (Unit Leader, USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, CSU) and Dr. Dan Preston (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, CSU). To express interest in the position please email Dr. Preston ( and include 1) a statement of research interests and experience, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) contact information for three references. Interviews of applicants will occur in February of 2023 and field work for the position will begin in summer of 2023.
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