The UNDerwater Lab at the University of North Dakota is seeking a new M.Sc. graduate student to explore ecosystem effects of introducing channel catfish into novel North Dakota lakes. Project objectives include 1) identifying whether channel catfish can serve as a biocontrol for abundant black bullhead populations and 2) evaluating subsequent stocking effects of introduced channel catfish on existing fish communities. The successful candidate will be expected to use a combination of techniques such as an assessment of foraging ecology, bioenergetics modeling, and stable isotope analysis. This project will be especially suited for someone interested in working in teams to address basic and applied aquatic ecology research questions. The successful candidate will be supported on a Graduate Research Assistantship but if desired, may have opportunities to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Biology (https://arts-sciences.und.edu/academics/biology/) by serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Other opportunities exist to tailor experiences to career goals.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in taking a holistic approach to understand temporal effects of introducing a novel predator. The desired start date is August 2022 but starting January 2023 is also possible. To begin the application process, please submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) a writing sample, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) a list of three references and their contact information. Email the file in one PDF document to Dr. Mark Kaemingk (firstname.lastname@example.org) using the subject line “MSc position in Fish Ecology”. Applications will be screened immediately and continue until the position is filled.