The Applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology Lab at Towson University is looking for 1-2 MS students to conduct research in aquatic ecotoxicology. Student(s) will be supported for 12 months as a Graduate Research Assistant for 2 - 2.5 years. The overall objective of the research is to better understand and predict effects of toxicants on complex ecological assemblages. Students on the project will primarily be expected to conduct laboratory studies to explore the effects of several pesticides on a variety of aquatic organisms in isolation and in combination. For example, we have conducted a series of studies on the effects of a fungicide on the crustacean, Daphnia magna under different resource levels. The next phase of experimentation may be to explore the impacts of the fungicide to D. magna in the presence of a predator and under several resource scenarios. Existing bioenergetic-based models can also be used to better understand and, ideally, predict effects of toxicants on aquatic organisms like D. magna. The ideal candidate will have some aptitude with mathematics and computing and can develop or apply models in parallel with the experimental work. The above is provided as an example and exact thesis topics will be developed by the student in collaboration with other students and the PI, Dr. Chris Salice.
Students must start by August 15th, 2018 but can start earlier in summer 2018 (preferred).
The MS will be in the Environmental Science Program at Towson University. More information on the program can be obtained here:
B.S. in ecology, biology, wildlife biology or closely related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0. A strong desire to work in the field of ecotoxicology (or related). Excellent attention to detail and some laboratory experience is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest or expertise in applying mathematical models to problems in applied ecology. As such, some experience with R is desirable. Experience with NetLogo would also be a tremendous plus. Students will be advised by Dr. Chris Salice. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume or CV, a 500-word statement of purpose indicating why you want to work on the project and how it would contribute toward career goals, unofficial transcripts and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate "interest in MS in aquatic ecotoxicology" in the subject line.