Opportunities


Inquiries from motivated, engaged and independent people are welcomed at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Our lab focuses on tracking patterns of migration and habitat use of mobile fish species, but students will not be limited to those topics alone as long as the research relates in some way to the core interests of our group. I am particularly keen for students to pursue projects that approach questions in fish ecology with complementary methods (e.g. otolith chemistry and stable isotopes or radiotelemetry).

Interested applicants should first contact Benjamin Walther with a CV and a statement of interests. Experience with fish ecology or geochemical analytical methods (or both) are preferred but not necessary.

Details on application procedures for specific student groups are below:

Graduate students

Positions available for FALL 2016!

Graduate positions (PhD and MS) positions in the field of fish ecology are available in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Walther at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC).  Positions will start in Fall 2016. Research topics are flexible, but would generally fall within current lab interests, including: fish migration, habitat use and trophic dynamics; hypoxia effects on fishes; otolith chemistry and stable isotopes; and chemical marking techniques for aquaculture applications.

The PhD position will be supported through the Marine Biology degree program at TAMU-CC.  Information about this program is online at http://marinebiology.tamucc.edu/

The MS position will be supported through the Fisheries & Mariculture degree program at TAMU-CC.  Information about this program is online at http://fama.tamucc.edu/

Interested students should send a CV, copies of unofficial transcripts and a cover letter describing experience, potential research interests, and general career goals to Dr. Benjamin Walther at benjamin.walther@tamucc.edu

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General advice:

I strongly encourage students to seek additional funding support, and applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program are also encouraged.

It is important that prospective students are a good fit in terms of the kind of research questions they want to pursue and the methods they want to employ.  When thinking about joining my lab, consider the following questions:

  1. What specific ecological questions and hypotheses are you interested in answering during your graduate work, and what aspects of fish or marine ecology are you most passionate about? 
  2. What aspects of my work do you find intriguing and relevant to your interests? 
  3. Why do you think working in my lab would help you achieve those research goals?

Considering these questions will help you identify whether my lab is a good place for you to be.  My goal is not to tie you to a specific question at this early stage, but to understand how you think and approach ecological problems.  Applicants that show they have been thoughtful about their aspirations and goals will have a leg up on others.

Some excellent advice on crafting inquiry letters to potential graduate advisors (such as myself) can be found HERE (Contemplative Mammoth blog post) and HERE (Tenure, She Wrote blog post).

I welcome applications for both masters and doctoral students.

Undergraduate students
Undergraduates may join the lab through either summer research or independent study. During the summers, the REUfest program supports independent student projects in local habitats near MSI. Applications are due in February.

Undergraduates may also pursue independent research projects in our lab. Support is available from the University from a variety of sources, including the College of Natural Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Please contact me well in advance of the deadlines if you are interested in working at the lab.

Postdoctoral fellowships
Postdoc applications are highly encouraged and interested individuals should contact me for information about currently available funding and space in the lab.

Contact Information

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Unit # 5858
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412

Tel: (361) 8254168
Email: 
benjamin.walther@tamucc.edu