MS Position: Mussel Conservation – South Carolina

Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We are seeking a highly motivated MS student to address questions related to the ecology and recovery of the federally endangered Carolina Heelsplitter mussel in South Carolina. The successful applicant will be co-advised by Drs. Cathy Jachowski and Brandon Peoples in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. The student will work closely with state and federal biologists on research aimed at improving our understanding of mussel-host fish interactions and the efficacy of releasing captive-reared mussels as a species recovery strategy. This project will involve field surveys of stream fish and mussel communities, monitoring mussel survival, and developing a quantitative habitat suitability index to help guide reintroduction efforts. To apply, please send application packets to Drs. Cathy Jachowski ( and Brandon Peoples ( with the subject “Mussel MS Application”. Packets should include in a single PDF 1) a brief (1 p) cover letter describing your interest in the project and career goals, 2) your CV, including at least 3 references, and 3) unofficial transcripts/GRE scores.
Minimum qualifications include: • A bachelor’s degree in aquatic ecology, biology, or equivalent • Competitive practical experience working in streams and with mussel/fish in the field and lab • Strong written, verbal, and quantitative skills Ideal candidates will have some combination of experience in: • Field and lab work with mussels • Backpack electrofishing surveys • Data analysis using R software • Experience communicating with agency biologists
Contact Person
Dr. Cathy Jachowski
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