We are seeking a highly motivated graduate student (PhD or MSc) to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study the relationship between fish and their hydraulic habitat in the context of river restoration.
This interdisciplinary and collaborative research will take advantage of some of the most advanced measurement techniques to examine in detail behavioral and physiological response of fish to turbulent flow characteristics. The first, experimental phase on this work will be conducted in the state of the art laboratory facilities on UIUC campus. The second phase will be conducted in the field.
The project involves collaboration of faculty in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC) and the departments of Geography & GIS, Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, and Civil & Environmental Engineering: Drs. Piotr Cienciala (ecohydraulics/ecogeomorphology), Cory Suski (ecological physiology), Rafael Tinoco (ecohydraulics/environmental engineering), and Bruce Rhoads (fluvial geomorphology).
The successful candidate will be admitted through an interdisciplinary, campus-wide Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (http://peec.illinois.edu/).
For a PhD position: MSc in fish biology, freshwater ecology, environmental engineering or a related field. For an MSc position a BSc degree is required.
Research experience in fish ecology/biology/physiology/habitat (lab or field), experience in fish handling and care, strong quantitative background, and high GPA/GRE will be considered an advantage.
The successful candidate will have a strong interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries to incorporate in their research elements of open channel hydraulics/fluid mechanics. Our research team and the broader research community at UIUC offer a wealth of expertise to support such an interdisciplinary graduate project.