MS Student; Stream-fish Community Dynamics in Great Plains Streams of Nebraska

Agency
Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Location
Lincoln, NE
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
~ $22,000 + Tuition + Health Benefits
Start Date
08/16/2021
Last Date to Apply
05/31/2021
Website
https://snr.unl.edu/gradstudent/nresprogram.aspx
Description
The distributions of stream fishes is maintained through demographic processes occurring over both local- and broad-spatial scales. Fish communities may be structured—in part—through changes in landscapes where a filtering process limits the specific traits able to exist within stream systems. The objectives of this study are 1) to collect and summarize fish and habitat data from across stream systems within Nebraska, USA, 2) to identify information gaps regarding spatial and temporal scope of different stream-fish sampling protocols among stream systems in Nebraska, USA, and 3) to assess functional trait diversity in stream-fish communities among ecoregions within Nebraska, USA. Opportunities to expand research questions to match interests can be made available.
Qualifications
BS degree in fisheries science, biology, natural resources management, or related field. Knowledge and interest in stream-fish community ecology and stream habitat linkages. Skills using Program R or other statistical analysis programs. Interest in applying quantitative methods to answering ecological questions. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Contact Person
Jonathan Spurgeon
Contact eMail
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