We are seeking a highly motivated student for a PhD graduate research assistantship in quantitative fisheries ecology at Cornell University.
As climate change, landscape-scale nutrient dynamics, and invasive species continue to drive freshwater ecosystems in North America, restoration of fish community diversity is being looked to as a strategy to bolster lake ecosystems resilience. In this project, we are seeking a PhD student to support native fish restoration in the Finger Lakes region of NY. As part of a large collaboration including Cornell University, the NY State Department of Conservation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the student will have opportunity to contribute to an ongoing Cisco (Coregonus artedi) species reintroduction effort. Potential projects will be able to leverage high resolution acoustic tag telemetry, eDNA technology, and foodweb modeling to advance understanding of inland lake ecosystem dynamics. This will be an excellent project for students seeking a mix of quantitative ecology training, experience in applied conservation, and opportunity to publish novel ecological research. The position offers opportunity to collaborate across academia and State and Federal management agencies, providing strong preparation for a career in professional research or academia.
Motivated students whose work demonstrates independent thought, interest in both ecological research and ecosystem conservation, and a desire to collaborate across organizations are encouraged to apply. A grounding in quantitative sciences and knowledge of programming environments such as R, ADMB, WinBUGS/JAGS, Matlab or other relevant platforms is preferred. A background in fisheries or aquatic ecology is encouraged.
This project is funded through a combination of research grants and teaching assistantships for a minimum of 3 years, including graduate stipend (≈35k USD/yr), health insurance, and tuition. To inquire, please submit i) a letter of interest, ii) a resume, iii) a writing sample (e.g. a publication), and iv) contact information for 3 professional references to: Dr. Suresh A. Sethi, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The desired start date is the Spring 2021 semester (negotiable). Finalists will be invited to apply to the Cornell graduate school. Thank you for your interest!