Stream Ecology- Grad (M.S.) Assistantship: Rolla, MO

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$18,000 to $24,000
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Research: What happens when leaves and wood fall into streams and ponds? This organic matter can provide energy to support aquatic foodwebs. This research will focus on fungal communities in streams and ponds, which are the main microbial decomposers at early stages of breakdown. We will examine the structural and functional aspects of decomposing biota under stress from a variety of human activities, including mining and climate change. Work will include time in the field (deploying and collecting samples, measuring field parameters) and the lab (assays of microbial and animal activity, molecular analyses of fungal communities). Molecular analyses of fungal communities will be a main focus of the research and will be assisted by other faculty. The research along with coursework will lead to a M.S. degree in biology. About the lab: I run a small lab that currently has another graduate student and several undergraduates. We have a friendly, cooperative perspective that emphasizes the joy of discovery in our research. We are housed in a small biology department with helpful colleagues. Funding: This position is funded with a graduate teaching assistantship and pays from $18,000 to $24,000 per year (depending on the availability of summer funding) and also includes a 100% tuition waiver. The student is expected to teach 1-2 sections of a laboratory course in conjunction with a faculty mentor each semester. Location: Missouri University of Science and Technology is in Rolla, Missouri, a small college town on the edge of the Ozarks. It is situated next to the Mark Twain National Forest, several Missouri Department of Conservation properties, and approximately 20 minutes from our university’s Ozark Research Field Station. More info here: How to apply: If you’re interested, send me an e-mail with your CV/resume and college transcript (can be unofficial for now). In the e-mail, introduce yourself, tell me your background and why you are interested in working in my lab. Preference may be given to those who apply before end of May.
Bachelor's degree in biology or environmental science
Contact Person
Dr. Dev Niyogi
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