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
species.

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,
see http://www.auburn.edu/~devridr/aefolks.html.

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: wrighr2@auburn.edu, tel: 334/844-9311 OR Dennis R. DeVries, email:
devridr@auburn.edu, 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)
Wright, wrighr2@auburn.edu
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