Fish Ecology in Gulf Coastal Plains Streams of Arkansas. Drs. Ginny Adams and Reid Adams, Department of Biology, University of Central Arkansas
Description: We are seeking interested and qualified applicants for a fully funded (12 months/yr) Graduate Research Assistantship to study variation in fish assemblages across Gulf Coastal Plains streams in relation to land use. Arkansas ranks fifth in the nation in fish biodiversity but these diversity hotspots are vulnerable to land use alteration. 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 that can be utilized to establish nutrient criteria for streams in the region and understand land use impacts to streams. Sites to be sampled will represent a range of disturbance in the upstream catchment. Primary responsibilities will be to sample fishes using backpack electrofishing techniques and collect instream physical habitat data, fish identification, data analysis, and report preparation. Additionally, the research assistant will aid in sampling of water quality, seston, and macroinvertebrates. This project is a great opportunity to get valuable cross disciplinary training and experience working closely with a state agency.
Graduate Assistantship Position – M.S. Biology: We are 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 cost. 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 Adams Lab website (https://sites.google.com/a/uca.edu/adams-fish-ecology-lab/).
B.S. in Biology, Fisheries Science, 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 ecoregion streams, and work with a team. Strongest applicants will have prior research experience and fish identification skills. Experience with GIS analyses preferred but not required.
To Apply: Send a resume, statement of interest, transcripts, and contact information for three references to Dr. Ginny Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “GA Position (last name)”. Review of applications will begin October 10, 2020 and until the position is filled.