The Montaña Aquatic Ecology Lab (https://www.carmengmontana.com/) at the Department of Biology at Stephen F. Austin State University is recruiting a Master’s student to begin in Spring 2020. A Teaching Assistantship and research support are available to conduct research on stream fish communities in Texas. Although the State of Texas does not allow for direct tuition waivers, out-of-state students awarded assistantships only pay the Texas resident tuition rate.
The project will examine fish community structure across Texas riverscapes. More specifically, this project will seek to examine the relative contributions of landscape and watershed factors on stream fish communities.
About the Area/University
SFA is located in Nacogdoches, Texas, with more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. The Department of Biology has (http://www.sfasu.edu/academics/colleges/sciences-math/biology) has a diverse faculty with strengths in ecology and evolutionary ecology, conservation biology, botany, cellular and molecular biology (http://www.sfasu.edu/academics/colleges/sciences-math/biology/about/faculty-staff). Nacogdoches is a city with more than 33,000 residents. It recently was designated as the Top Small City in Texas according to Cities Journal.
Individuals with research interests in aquatic ecology, functional ecology, fisheries, river ecology, landscape ecology, food-web ecology, and/or conservation ecology are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree by the start date in ecology, wildlife and fisheries sciences, or related field. Demonstrated experience in fish sampling and identification; and driving a boat/trailer is required. The ability to conduct rigorous fieldwork under extreme conditions (e.g., heat, humidity) will be necessary. Excellent communication and time-management skills, a strong work ethic and attention to detail also are essential. The candidate must also have a valid driver’s license.
Review of applications will start September 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to begin in January 2020.
Please send only one PDF file with a cover letter outlining your research interests and experiences, GPA, GRE scores (if available), a CV, contact details of three references and an example of your writing to Dr. Carmen Montaña (firstname.lastname@example.org).