MS Assistantship — Aquatic ecology

Description: A MS position is available in the Davenport lab to study the

effects of predator phenology on experimental food webs. The focal aspects

of the research will pertain to responses of lower trophic levels and

ecosystem function within pond ecosystems. The field component of the

research will be conducted in the Missouri Ozarks and the experimental work

will be completed on campus at Southeast Missouri State University.

Coursework will be carried out at Southeast Missouri State University and

the field season will be from early September-late June. The student will

also have additional research and outreach opportunities such as

participating in long-term monitoring of wetland vertebrate populations and

additional food web research.  The position begins in the January 2018. This

position will be supported by a grant funded RA position that includes an

annual stipend and full tuition waiver.

Qualifications: Prospective students should have prior experience in field

biology, familiarity with zooplankton sampling and identification, a working

knowledge of statistics, demonstrate good communication skills and be

willing to work with others in humid environments. Prior experience in

surveys of pond-breeding amphibians and invertebrates is preferred but not

required. Prospective students should also possess a valid U.S. passport and

driver=92s license. A B.S. in biology, ecology or wildlife biology is required

with a GPA >3.0. Applicant must meet admittance criteria set by the

Southeast Missouri State University Graduate School and Biology graduate


Application materials: Interested applicants should email the following

items to Dr. Jon Davenport ( by November 1: 1) cover

letter detailing past research experience and professional goals, 2) CV or

resume, 3) 2 references, and 4) unofficial transcripts.