The Magoulick Lab at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for three Ph.D. Research Assistantships for Fall 2021. Our research efforts focus on factors affecting population and community dynamics of freshwater fish and invertebrates, especially the role of disturbance in community dynamics, impacts of introduced species in aquatic ecosystems, and conservation of aquatic ecosystems.
Assistantships available are:
1) A USGS and USFWS funded project to examine environmental threshold responses of stream fish to hydrologic and thermal gradients,
2) A USGS funded project to examine effects of invasive crayfish and drought on Faxonius marchandi, an Ozark-endemic crayfish petitioned for protection under the Endangered Species Act,
3) An Arkansas State Wildlife Grant funded project to examine landscape- and local-scale habitat influences on distribution and abundance of the crayfish Faxonius eupunctus, Faxonius wagneri, and Faxonius roberti in the Spring River, Strawberry River, and Eleven Point River drainages.
In all cases, the students would have the flexibility to pursue additional research related to the funded project. These projects and related work will be carried out using a combination of comparative field studies, field and lab experiments, and modeling approaches.
Applicants should have a BS and preferably MS in fisheries, ecology, biology, or a related field; 3.2 GPA (minimum); 300 (V+Q) minimum GRE. Previous research experience with fish and/or streams and strong quantitative skills are preferred. Applicants must be responsible, motivated, and able to work independently and in teams.
Ph.D. stipends range from $18,000 to $23,736 plus benefits and full tuition waiver with potential for additional fellowships (http://graduate-recruitment.uark.edu/funding-degree/fellowships.php). The research assistantships are available for three years and may be supplemented by a teaching assistantship in year four.
For full consideration send materials by November 15, 2020, but open until filled. The start date will be August 15, 2021.
1) a letter describing your interests and career goals and how they align with the assistantship(s) for which you are applying,
2) Curriculum Vitae (including GPA and GRE scores),
3) contact info for three references, and
4) unofficial transcripts to Dan Magoulick, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://danmag.wixsite.com/business-services, 479-575-5449.