Catfishes have been an important part of angling in Kansas. Channel Catfish is historically one of the most sought species by Kansas anglers, with Flathead Catfish occurring among the top 10 species sought. Less is known about the importance of Blue Catfish, but a 2013 survey of anglers indicated that the Blue Catfish has increased in prominence among anglers in Kansas. In addition to the types of catfish species, Kansas has numerous angling opportunities from put-and-take urban fisheries to trophy fisheries. Thus, there is a strong need for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) fishery managers to better understand the attitudes, preferences, motivations, and expenditures of catfish anglers in the state. This human dimensions information will benefit sportfish management efforts by KDWPT managers by informing the agency they where, what, why, and how many fish are harvested in Kansas waters.
The PhD student will lead an investigation to study Kansas anglers through several surveys and analysis of angler participation data. The student will work collaboratively with the faculty in the School of Natural Resources (Chizinski Human Dimensions Lab) and KDWPT fisheries staff to help shape how fishes (an emphasis on the Kansas’s catfish fisheries) are managed in the state. The primary advisor would be Dr. Chris Chizinski. The student will have ample opportunity to design qualitative and quantitative research, write and present study results, and co-produce research and recommendations with practitioners who use the data.
Funding and research needs are available to support a student at the doctoral level for up to five years. The student will be part of the Chizinski Human Dimensions Lab and receive a Ph.D. in Applied Ecology or Human Dimensions Specialization from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln upon successful completion of the project.
The preferred start date of May 2021 is negotiable. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received.
BS or MS degree in human dimensions, fisheries, wildlife, natural resources, environmental social sciences, or related discipline with coursework in social sciences, natural resources, or the environment
Interest in social science research and collaboration with state and federal agencies
Excellent writing skills
Organized and attention to detail
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; “ “
Works well independently and as part of a team
Knowledge of fish and wildlife recreationists
Demonstrated research experience (data collection, analysis, and writing)
Experience writing science research reports
Experience with survey and/or interview research
Skills using statistical analysis software
To apply: Please send (1) letter of interest, CV, (2) unofficial transcripts, and (3) a sample of your academic writing as a SINGLE PDF to Dr. Chris Chizinski (firstname.lastname@example.org).