A PhD research assistantship is available at Tennessee Tech University to study the connections between watershed development and stream biodiversity, specifically related to rare, threatened, and invasive species. This research will take place on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, which is a hotspot for aquatic biodiversity. There is flexibility for the student to develop additional components of this project based upon their interests, which could be focused on macroinvertebrate, crayfish, or algal assemblages, aquatic/terrestrial energy linkages, or GIS-based watershed model development. This project will have a substantial macroinvertebrate component and experience with macroinvertebrate collection and identification is preferred but not required.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in aquatic ecology, macroinvertebrate or algal ecology, or closely related field at time of enrollment, with minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Interested applicants should send a (1) cover letter describing experience and goals, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts and GRE scores, and (4) contact information of 2 individuals familiar with research/academic performance to Dr. Justin Murdock at firstname.lastname@example.org. Position start date is August 2018.