Multiple MS Assistantships – Marine and Environmental Biology – Louisiana

Agency
Nicholls State University
Location
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Salary
$4800/semester and tuition waiver
Start Date
08/14/2019
Last Date to Apply
03/29/2019
Website
https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/
Description
Three Teaching Assistantships will be available for the Fall 2019 semester for the Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology program at Nicholls State University. Teaching Assistantships include tuition wavier and stipend of $4800 a semester. For more information about the program visit https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/. Admission requirements include: B.S. degree in science curriculum, minimum GPA of 3.0, and combined GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 300. Application procedure includes an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/), and cover letter, CV, official GRE scores and academic transcripts, and departmental application package (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/admission-requirements/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application). Deadline for applying is March 29, 2019. Application materials and questions regarding the program should be sent (email is preferred) to Dr. Chris Bonvillain, Department of Biological Sciences, P.O. Box 2021, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310, 985-449-7116, chris.bonvillain@nicholls.edu. See Graduate Faculty (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/graduate-faculty/) and Research Labs (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/research-labs/) for more information on faculty research interests. Some potential research projects associated with the positions are listed below: Dr. Tim Clay (tim.clay@nicholls.edu): The Clay Lab at Nicholls State University is seeking a MS student interested in turtle life history and physiology for Fall 2019. Potential projects in our lab include working with coastal populations of diamondback terrapins and/or box turtles. Terrapin work could focus on nesting success on barrier islands, interactions between blue crab fisheries and terrapin populations, or thermal physiology of development. Box turtle work would focus on life history and demographics of isolated populations of box turtles on barrier islands of the Louisiana coast. Dr. Solomon David (solomon.david@nicholls.edu): The successful applicant will conduct research with field and laboratory components examining the ecology, evolution, and conservation of freshwater fishes. Particular focus will be on “ancient fishes” such as gars and bowfins. Projects will include multiple field capture techniques including seines, gillnets, and electrofishing. Lab components include husbandry and culture of fishes. A science communication component will also be incorporated into the research project. The applicant should have field experience working in aquatic ecosystems; previous experience working with fishes is highly desirable. Dr. Enmin Zou (em.zou@nicholls.edu): Multiple MS graduate positions are currently available in Dr. Enmin Zou's Aquatic Toxicology/Comparative Physiology lab to study (1) aquatic invertebrate endocrine disruption with an emphasis on elucidation of mechanisms for disruption of crustacean molting by xenobiotics, (2) the endocrine mechanism for shell hardening in blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) and its disruption by environmental contaminants. The students will be trained in a variety of field and lab techniques, such as crabbing, quantitative real-time PCR, tissue culture, enzymatic assay, metal analysis, etc. For details about Dr. Zou's research, please visit: https://www.nicholls.edu/biol-ez/sub/CV.htm. If interested, please contact Dr. Zou via em.zou@nicholls.edu or 985-448-4711.
Qualifications
Admission requirements include: B.S. degree in science curriculum, minimum GPA of 3.0, and combined GRE (verbal + quantitative) of 300. Application procedure includes an online application and fee (http://www.nicholls.edu/apply/), and cover letter, CV, official GRE scores and academic transcripts, and departmental application package (https://www.nicholls.edu/biology/master-of-science-degree-program/admission-requirements/) including three letters of recommendation (forms included in departmental application).
Contact Person
Dr. Chris Bonvillain
Contact eMail
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