Ph.D. Assistantship Fisheries – Mississippi

Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS
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Graduate Assistantships
23,500 per year, insurance, and tuition
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This student will be responsible for exploring a 30+ year data set associated with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) long-term monitoring program, specifically to evaluate system responses to actions implemented to achieve management objectives. The objectives of this project are to: 1) review management objectives for inland fisheries, 2) review and identify new actions that can potentially achieve management objectives, 3) review and identify monitoring metrics to identify whether the objective was achieved, and 4) develop a prototype framework that integrates managements plans to standardized sampling and reporting suitable for MDWFP and freshwater fisheries agencies nationwide. These objectives will be met by a combination of analysis of existing data (e.g., length-weight, age-length, catch) and lake management plans for Mississippi lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. The student will work closely with Drs. Steve Miranda (Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit) and Michael Colvin (Mississippi State University).
Qualifications: Graduate degree in fisheries, wildlife, or related field, excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills. This is a unique position and the ideal candidate would have an interest in the application of quantitative approaches to address natural resource issues and management, as well as an interest and desire to acquire relevant field experiences. This position will also require close work with field biologists.
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Michael Colvin
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