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    Grad Assistantship in fish ecology

    posted Sept 12, 2012
    Graduate Research Assistantships
    Auburn University
    Fish Ecology Group

    Drs. Rusty Wright and Dennis DeVries

    We are seeking interested and qualified applicants for a Graduate Research
    Assistantship to study the effects of the introduced blueback herring (Alosa
    aestivalis) on the aquatic community in Lewis Smith Reservoir, Alabama. This
    project will involve investigation of the role that this introduced species
    is playing including assessment of how it is interacting with resident

    The Program: The Fish Ecology Group of the Auburn University Department of
    Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures is currently involved in a variety of
    projects investigating the ecology and management of aquatic organisms in a
    variety of systems. Recent/ongoing work has included study of the ecology
    and management of largemouth bass and southern flounder in the Mobile-Tensaw
    Delta estuary, study of the influence of shoreline habitat on fish abundance
    in a large reservoir, biology and ecology of the endangered Tulotoma snail,
    management approaches in small impoundments, using navigational locks to
    facilitate fish passage in the Alabama River, the effect of introduced
    yellow perch on reservoir systems, the influence of temperature on non-game
    fish respiration, and the influence of feeders on pond fish communities.
    Laboratory and field facilities are outstanding, including expansive pond
    facilities and a 210 m laboratory. Our staff and students work with natural
    resource agency biologists, travel widely for professional activities, and
    maintain a team approach to research. For more information about our group,

    The GRA Position: We are seeking graduate students at the M.S. or Ph.D.
    level. Students are expected to conduct their thesis or dissertation
    research project and complete required course work. Students will receive a
    stipend (approx. $16,000 - $19,000), waiver of both in-state and
    out-of-state tuition, as well as required technical help, all costs of
    conducting the research (including travel to field sites, supplies and
    equipment, etc.), and travel to scientific meetings.

    Contact: For additional information, please contact either: Rusty Wright,
    email:, tel: 334/844-9311 OR Dennis R. DeVries, email:, tel: 334/844-9322

    To Apply: Send a letter of interest, along with a current CV (including GPA
    and GRE scores), names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of
    three (3) references, and photocopies of transcripts to: Dr. Russell (Rusty)