MS Research Assistantship on wading birds and aquatic ecology in South Florida

Successful applicants will join an active lab at Florida Atlantic

University (FAU) conducting research on wetland birds and the aquatic

ecosystems that support them.  The student will become part of a team

conducting field studies on Lake Okeechobee that address questions

related to wading bird breeding biology and behavior, foraging ecology,

habitat selection, wetland drivers of prey communities, and the

responses of birds and aquatic fauna to water management (see lab web

page for details  In the course of

conducting research the student will be exposed to the process of using

science to guide one of the nation’s most comprehensive wetland

ecosystem restoration projects.

The successful candidate will be hired as a Research Associate in Feb

2018.  Conditional on acceptance to the MS degree program in

Environmental Science (;, the

candidate will transition to graduate student status in Aug 2018.

Students are supported primarily with externally-funded Research

Assistantships at $12,848/year with a tuition waiver.

Applicants should have experience in avian ecology, wetlands, or

wildlife science, possess a good analytical mind, a strong sense of

curiosity, and a demonstrated ability to work well in teams.  The

position is based on FAU’s main campus in Boca Raton, Florida. Boca

Raton is located between the Everglades and an extensive coral reef

tract, two of Florida’s most unique natural features.  FAU has over

30,000 students and a Carnegie Classification of High Research Activity.

Applicants should send as a single pdf, a letter of interest indicating

their specific research interests and qualifications, CV, transcripts,

GRE scores (unofficial copies will suffice), and the names and contact

information for 3 references to Dale Gawlik at

(561-297-3333) by 3 Dec 2017.


Dr. Dale E. Gawlik, Director

Environmental Science Program

Professor of Biological Sciences

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL  33431-0991