Stream Ecology M.S. Research Assistantship Available
Macroinvertebrate communities in Gulf Coastal Plains Streams of Arkansas.
Dr. Halvor Halvorson, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
Description: I am seeking interested and qualified applicants for a 2-year fully funded (12 months/yr) Graduate Research Assistantship to study macroinvertebrate assemblages across Gulf Coastal Plains streams in relation to land use in Arkansas. Macroinvertebrates are a highly biodiverse group with known sensitivity to anthropogenic change and potential use as indicators in nutrient pollution criteria development at landscape scales. The overall objective of this project, funded by Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Environmental Quality, is to collect physical, chemical, and biological data to establish a robust database toward establishing nutrient criteria for streams in the region and understanding land use impacts on streams. Sites to be sampled will represent a range of disturbance in the upstream catchment. Primary responsibilities will be to sample for water quality, seston, and macroinvertebrates from field sites, collect in-stream physical habitat data, identify macroinvertebrates, and assist with data analysis and report preparation. The research assistant will aid in sampling fishes across the streams, and will gain cross-disciplinary training and experience working closely with a state agency.
Graduate Assistantship Position – M.S. Biology at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA): I am seeking applicants for a graduate position at the M.S. level to start in January 2021. The student will have grant funding for spring, summer, and fall terms, for at least two years. Students are expected to conduct their thesis research project and complete required course work. Students will receive a stipend (~ $13,500/year), in-state and out-of-state tuition waivers (~ $3000/term), as well as funding for travel for field expenses and funds to offset conference costs. UCA has a strong M.S. graduate program in Biology (~ 30 students), and there are opportunities for additional competitive funding through the university. Students will benefit from participating in this cross-discipline collaboration between faculty in the Biology Department and will join an existing team of students. For more information see the Halvorson Aquatic Ecology Lab website (www.halvorhalvorson.com).
To Apply: Send a C.V. or resume, cover letter, transcripts (unofficial is OK), and contact information for three references to Dr. Halvor Halvorson (email@example.com) with the email subject line “RA Position (last name)”. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2020 until the position is filled.
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Environmental Science, or related fields. Minimum GPA of 3.0. The applicant must have the ability to work independently, enjoy long hours in beautiful Ouachita / Gulf Coastal plains streams, and work with a team. Strongest applicants will have prior research experience and/or macroinvertebrate identification experience. Experience with GIS analyses preferred, but not required.